Vasiljeva to Play in Riga Masters

WLBS world number five Tatjana Vasijeva has received a wildcard to the 2016 Kasperksy Riga Masters.

Winner of the European Ladies Championship in 2012, 32-year-old Vasiljeva is Latvia’s most successful ladies player and recently reached the semi-finals of the WLBS World Championship in Leeds.

She has been drawn to play world number 12 Marco Fu in her last 128 match, which will be held over to the venue stages of the event in Riga which will run from 22-24 June 2016.

Her appearance will be the first at the televised stages of a ranking event since Reanne Evans successfully qualified for the 2013 Wuxi Classic.

Having previously formed part of snooker’s European Tour series, for the first time the event in Latvia will become a full-ranking event on the World Snooker Tour.

The total prize money for the tournament will increase from €125,000 to €200,000. The winner’s prize for next season’s Kaspersky Riga Masters will be doubled to €50,000.