The official world women’s rankings have been updated for the first time in over 18 months following a record-extending tenth UK Championship success for Reanne Evans last weekend.
The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis (excluding the 2020/21 season which did not take place), with points earned during 2018/19 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision points earned at the 2018 UK Championship were replaced by those earned at this year’s corresponding event, subject to the ranking adjustments introduced due to the impact of the pandemic.
Eight new players joined the ranking list in Leeds, taking the total number of current ranked players to an impressive 160.
World number one Reanne Evans has moved further clear of Ng On Yee at the top of the world ranking list following her latest title success in Leeds.
Having taken an already sizeable lead of 17,900 points into the competition, her UK victory has seen her stretch this advantage to a huge 24,062 points.
This is because although Ng retains the 7,500 points earned by winning the 2018 event (in line with the ranking points adjustments announced earlier this year), Evans nevertheless makes a significant gain herself, having lost in the last 16 stage of that event three years ago.
Evans has now won 11 of the past 15 ranking tournaments staged, underlining her status as the number one player on Tour.
Below the top two there have been notable movements within the top 10 as two of England’s brightest talents gain new career-best ranking positions.
Former world under-21 champion Emma Parker climbs to sixth position following her run to a third career ranking event semi-final in Leeds. She trades places with Welsh number one Laura Evans – also a semi-finalist last weekend – moving ahead by a narrow margin of just 100 points.
Joining the top 10 for the first time meanwhile is the fast-improving Steph Daughtery, who rises three places after reaching a third career quarter-final upon her Tour return.
Elsewhere in the ranking list there are a number of significant moves for returning players, including Connie Stephens (16), Chloe White (20), Zoe Killington (26), Chucky Preston (31), Harriet Haynes (36), Louise Cothier (41), Mariia Shevchenko (42) and Kate Le Gallez (43) within the top 50.
Of the new entries this weekend, quarter-finalist Mary Talbot-Deegan moves straight into 61st position following her first ranking tournament appearance in 19 years, while Jamie Hunter takes 74th position having reached the last 16 on debut.
There is a new number one on the Under-21 ranking list as UK junior champion Steph Daughtery takes over top spot from Emma Parker.
Following a 19 month period without competition since last year’s Belgian Open, Parker is one of four players to have since turned 21 (or 22 in Parker’s case) and no longer be eligible for these competitions, alongside Nutcharut Wongharuthai, Claire Edginton and Baipat Siripaporn.
Top spot has also changed hands in the Seniors rankings, with Jenny Poulter having claimed the number one for the first time from Jan Hughes. The experienced pair are in fact level on points, having established identical records in Seniors events since the rankings were introduced in September 2019, but it is Poulter who takes the position on account of having progressed further at the most recent event, by reaching the final last weekend.
Yorkshire’s Michelle Brown enters the rankings at number four as a result of her triumph, while the list has grown to an impressive 24 players to reflect the significant increase in Seniors entries in recent tournaments.
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