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World Women’s Rankings – Eden Women’s Masters 2018 Update

The official world women’s rankings have been updated for the final time in 2018 as the season reached its midway point following victory for Reanne Evans at the Eden Women’s Masters last weekend.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2016/17 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision, points earned at the 2017 Eden Women’s Masters (Derby) were removed from the ranking list and replaced by those earned at this year’s event held at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester.

Evans closes the gap

Reanne Evans has closed the gap to Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee to 7,050 points following her record fifth triumph at the Eden Women’s Masters last weekend.

Having entered the event 10,800 points behind her Asian rival, Evans duly maximised her opportunity to home in on the current world number one with On Yee not competing at the tournament.

Interestingly, although she claimed the maximum 7,500 points on offer by taking the title in Gloucester, the gap between the top two has only narrowed by 3,750 points as we head towards the Christmas break. This is because Evans was defending maximum points at the corresponding event in January 2017, while On Yee only reached the quarter-finals of that event in Derby, meaning that she had fewer points to defend at this update.

With 10,400 more points to defend than Evans between now and the end of the season however, On Yee must have a strong finish to the season if she is to retain her number one ranking next summer.

The top 10

Elsewhere there was a new entry to the top 10 as Emma Parker climbs four places to 10th following her maiden semi-final appearance in Gloucester. The 19-year-old replaces Aimee Benn, who herself had a positive weekend reaching only her second quarter-final, but was defending last 16 points from two seasons ago.

With no points to be removed from her total however, having not competed in the corresponding event in January 2017, Parker gains 3,750 points as she continues her rise up the ranking list from 22nd position 12 months ago. In fact only six players have earned more points than her so far this season meaning that if she can maintain her current form then she has a real chance to rise further still.

Otherwise the top 10 remains stable, players including Rebecca Kenna (3), Laura Evans (6) and Suzie Opacic (7) consolidating their positions having all reached the quarter-final stage or better at the Eden Women’s Masters.

Rise and fall

Outside of the top ten, there are career-high positions for Hong Kong trio Ho Yee Ki (12), Fong Mei Mei (17) and Pui Ying Mini Chu (18), who despite not competing in Gloucester have gained positions because they were not defending points from 2017.

Also setting a new high watermark in their respective careers are players including Chloe White (22), who reached her first quarter-final at the weekend and Jackie Ellis (23), after she reached the knockout rounds for the first time.

A little further down the list both Yvette Greenway (39) and Connie Stephens (40) have broken into the top 40 for the first time having also made it through to the last 16, while there are three new entries on the list as the circuit continues to expand.

With players on the rise it is inevitable that others have dropped down the list, most notably So Man Yan (24) who is down seven places following the expiration of her points from reaching the final of the event two years ago.

Others to have slipped down are Jenny Poulter (down four) and notably Vicky Shirley, a quarter-finalist in Derby who has played only one event since which sees her drop to 90th position on the latest list.

Under-21

For the second time in three events there is a change at the head of the under-21 rankings after Shannon Metcalf captured her first Under-21 title to reclaim top spot at the expense of Emma Parker.

Stephanie Daughtery consolidated third position after an impressive win against Parker at the semi-finals stage of Gloucester’s junior event, although she would ultimately finish as tournament runner-up to Metcalf.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return in 2019.

Reanne Evans wins in Germany

Updated WLBS Rankings: August 2017

The official WLBS world women’s ranking list has now been updated following Reanne Evans’ victory at the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic last weekend.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2015/16 season to be removed during the course of this season. With no corresponding event played in 2015, no points have been removed for this cut-off, with points gained in Germany now added to player’s totals.

Evans consolidates

Following a hat-trick of victories for Ng On Yee towards the end of last season at the World Championship and Festival of Women’s Snooker, the Hong Kong star had closed to within 5,300 points of long-time number one Reanne Evans at the top of the ranking list.

Victory for Evans in Germany however sees her extend her advantage by 1,500 points, with the gap possibly set to widen further following next month’s UK Women’s Championship where On Yee will be defending maximum points following her Leeds victory in 2015.

Rebecca Kenna plays snooker

Top six pull clear

With five of the top six in action at the quarter-finals stages in Fuerth, there is now a gap of some 4,525 points from sixth placed Wan Ka Kai, to the likes of Tatjana Vasiljeva, Suzie Opacic and Jaique Ip Wan In, the trio having not competed in Germany.

There is a new career-high ranking for semi-finalist Rebecca Kenna, who rises one place to fifth position and with no points to defend for the remainder of the year will have fourth placed Laura Evans in her cross hairs over the coming months.

So Man Yan in action

On the rise

One player who looks well-placed to make significant progress up the ranking list over the coming months is Hong Kong’s So Man Yan, now up to 12th following her semi-final run in Germany. With no ranking points to defend during the remainder of the season, it will be all gain for her over the coming months and she is now within striking distance of the top 10.

The newest entry to the top 10 is Germany’s Diana Schuler, who breaks into the group for the first time at the expense of Sharon Kaur following her last 16 run at the weekend. Fellow German Diana Stateczny also made significant progress at the weekend by reaching the quarter-finals, meaning that she climbs six places to number 21.

Junior players Stephanie Daughtery and Aimee Benn both gain one position each to rise to 16th and 19th respectively, while there are three new entries to the ranking list, Sangeeta Hemchand, Anita Seidel and Linda Erben having entered a WLBS event for the first time during the current counting period.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for next month’s LITEtask UK Women’s Snooker Championship.

Updated WLBS Rankings: January 2017

The latest WLBS world rankings have now been updated for a third time this season following victory for Reanne Evans at the first event of 2017, the Eden Women’s Masters in Derby.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2014/15 season to be removed as this season progresses. Following the Eden Women’s Masters last weekend, points earned from the 2015 Eden Masters (Newbury) have been removed in accordance with the already published points drop-off dates.

As following the previous rankings update after the UK Championship in October, Reanne Evans remains at 68,400 as she has successfully defended the points that she earned two years ago with victory in Newbury. She does however still extend her lead at the top of the list as second placed Ng On Yee was only able to reach the quarter-finals, in comparison to making it to the final back in 2015.

Runner-up So Man Yan climbs one place to 15th, which at first glance may come as a surprise following such a strong showing in Derby. However, having made it to the semi-finals of the corresponding event back in 2015, she in fact only makes a net gain of 1,200 points, moving her above Yana Shut in the list. Importantly however, having not competed during the 2015/16 season due to the birth of her child, she has now consolidated her position and has a real chance to make significant gains over the coming months.

As the only player previously ranked inside the top ten not in action at the weekend, Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva drops two places to fifth, but it was another strong week for Laura Evans who by making the semi-finals climbs three to a career-high position of number six. With the top eight generally seeded into the group stages, this is a timely boost for the Welsh player with the Eden World Women’s Snooker Championship drawing closer.

Falling out of the top eight is Seniors champion Jenny Poulter, who reached the quarter-finals of the Masters back in 2015, but this year fell a round earlier to Vicky Shirley who noweapfrogs her in the rankings as a result.

It was a good week for youngsters Shannon Metcalf and Aimee Benn, who both qualified for the knockout stages to continue moving up the list, while Stephanie Daughtery and Claire Edginton also improved their positions. Ireland’s Paula Judge also continued her rapid ascent by climbing 15 places to 31st having reached the last 16 on her second event back on the circuit.

Finally, Singapore duo Charlene Chai and Regina Toh are new entries on the ranking list at 56th and 59th respectively, as they warmed up for the upcoming World Women’s Championship in their home country.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the Connie Gough Trophy which will take place on 18 February 2017 at the Dunstable Snooker Club.

Reanne Evans and So Man Yan with trophies

Evans Claims Fourth Masters Crown

World women’s number one Reanne Evans captured her fourth Eden Masters title yesterday with a dominant 4-0 victory against So Man Yan in the final.

The 11-time world women’s champion made smooth progress through the draw with victories against Aimee Benn, Vicky Shirley and Laura Evans in the knockout stages without the loss of a frame.

Her opponent, Hong Kong’s So, defeated Rebecca Granger, Suzie Opacic and in the semi-finals compatriot Jaique Ip Wan In (who had earlier defeated second seeded Ng On Yee in the last eight), to reach her second WLBS ranking final following the 2012 Agnes Davies Memorial.

Evans, who earlier in the day had made an event high break of 107 during the quarter-finals, would prove too strong for So in the final however, completing the tournament with an unblemished record of 20 frames won from 20 played.

The title represents her second ranking event success during the 2016/17 season, following victory at the UK Ladies Championship last October and is her fourth Eden Masters crown (2013, 2015×2) since the event was first staged four years ago.

“It always feels great to win a title,” said Evans, who with her first title of 2017 has now won at least one WLBS title during each of the last 14 years. “It was a long day but my game was solid all tournament and I was happy with my concentration throughout the day.

Evans also dedicated the victory to long time WLBS player Michelle Brown, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.

“This one is for Brownie, we are all thinking about her and can’t wait to see her back fit and playing again soon. It is another big reminder that all women need to remember to check their breasts regularly because it really could save your life.

“Thank you also to our sponsors Eden Resources who continue to play a big part in support women’s snooker with their backing of this event and the upcoming World Championship in Singapore.”

For So Man Yan despite defeat to Evans, her final run represents another strong event following her return to the circuit at the previous event in Leeds, where she claimed the Challenge Cup title. She is now set to climb further up the rankings from her current position of 16th when the list is revised following the tournament.

Side events

The Challenge Cup tournament in Derby saw an all-Singaporean final as former Eden Classic semi-finalist Charlene Chai defeated Regina Toh 3-0 to claim her first WLBS title. She had previously beaten Chrissy Allwood, Sharon Lewis and Diana Schuler to reach the final, before taking victory in the decisive match.

Both Chai and Toh will next be in action at the Eden World Women’s Snooker Championship, which will be held in their home country from 13-19 March 2017.

Portsmouth’s Chloe White claimed her first under-21 title with a 3-2 victory against Shannon Metcalf. White, who competed in her first WLBS tournament at the UK Ladies Championship earlier this season, won a tense deciding frame on the final pink for victory and was presented with her trophy by WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson.

The Seniors competition was won by Jenny Poulter, who won her repeat final with Sharon Kaur following their meeting at the UK Ladies Championship.

The next tournament of the 2016/17 WLBS Women’s World Ranking Series will be the Connie Gough Trophy, which will on 18 February 2017 at the Dunstable Snooker Club.

Updated WLBS Rankings: October 2016

The updated WLBS world rankings have now been published following victory for Reanne Evans at the recent LITEtask UK Ladies Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2014/15 season to be removed as this season progresses. Following the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship, the points from the 2014 Eden Classic have been removed in accordance with the already published points drop-off dates.

This means that although world number one Evans retains a comfortable lead at the top of the rankings following her eighth LITEtask UK Ladies Championship victory, her points total remains at 68,400 as she has effectively defended the points that she won at the Classic two years ago. In fact, second placed Ng On Yee actually closes the gap slightly to 14,850 points, as her semi-final run in Leeds was an improvement upon her quarter-final exit in 2014.

One of the big movers unsurprisingly is Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva, who reached her first WLBS final before losing out 5-1 to Evans. Her run, combined with the fact that she had no points to be removed from her ranking means that she climbs from sixth to third in the list ahead of Maria Catalano and Hong Kong duo Jaique Ip Wan In and Wan Ka Kai.

Another player making progress up the ranking list is Laura Evans, who climbs into the top ten for the first time since her tour return at number nine following her run to the semi-finals at the Northern Snooker Centre. With no points to defend during the next 12 months following her return to the circuit at the 2015 Masters, the Welsh number one is on course to rise further still.

Hot on her heels is Keighley’s Rebecca Granger, who is up seven places to 14th after narrowly losing out to world number two Ng On Yee at the quarter-final stages in Leeds. Like Evans, the tour newcomer has no points to defend for the foreseeable future and will be eyeing a place in the world’s top ten, while Challenge Cup winner So Man Yan is also up a place to 16th.

Finally, it was also a successful weekend for Ireland’s Paula Judge, who comes straight into the list at number 46 by making it through to the quarter-finals at her début WLBS event. With plans to continue playing for the remainder of the season, she could be another one to watch over the coming months.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the Eden Ladies Open Championship which will take place on 14-15 January 2017 at the Cueball, Derby.