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.