World Rankings – World Championship 2022 Update

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The official world women’s rankings have been updated after Nutcharut Wongharuthai captured the World Women’s Snooker Championship title for the first time earlier this week in Sheffield.

The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis (excluding the 2020/21 season which did not take place). At this revision points earned from the 2018 World Championship were replaced by those earned at this year’s edition.

Five players (Jaique Ip Wan In, Diana Schuler, Yee Ting Cheung, Jackie Ellis and Mei Mei Fong) applied for the protection of points due to be removed under our current Ranking Adjustments Policy and these applications were granted.

Mink Closes the Gap

The top four positions in the world rankings remain unchanged, with top ranked Reanne Evans in fact extending her lead at the top of the list due to Ng On Yee losing the points earned from her third world title success at the 2018 World Championship in Malta.

Combined with Nutcharut Wongharuthai’s success in Sheffield, the Thai star has therefore significantly closed to the gap to second placed Ng, with only 6,413 points now separating the two compared to 19,413 points prior to the start of the tournament.

Rebecca Kenna remains ranked in fourth, having matched her last four run in Malta, once again losing to the eventual champion.

New Best For Parker

Behind the top four there is a significant change with England’s Emma Parker overtaking Maria Catalano to earn a new career-best position of fifth. The change of position follows the removal of points for Catalano from her 2018 final run, added to Parker’s points gain from her run to the quarter-finals, having not competed in the corresponding event four years ago.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Thailand’s Ploychompoo Laokiatphong is a new entry in 10th position after she reached the last 16 in Sheffield. Like Parker, she was not defending points from 2018 and so is continuing to climb up the ranking list.

The Chasing Pack

Runner-up Wendy Jans climbs three places to 11th position, having improved upon her quarter-final run at the event in 2018. The reigning European Championship winner has competed in just four of the current 16 counting events towards the rankings, underlining the quality of her performances at the events she has contested.

There is also a significant jump for England’s Jamie Hunter, who continues her rise up the rankings up to 21st position following her debut run to the semi-finals of the World Championship.

Connie Stephens (15) and Chloe White (19) also gain new career best positions following their appearances in the competition, but Thailand’s Waratthanun Sukritthanes falls eight places to 20th, with the points from her previous quarter-final run in Malta having fallen off.

Among the other notable rises include Zoe Killington (22), Harriet Haynes (27), Miina Tani (36), Louise Cothier (37), Kate Le Gallez (39), Mariia Shevchenko (41), Chrissy Allwood (43), Nat Howard (47) and Laura Gillet (50), while Tessa Davidson is already up to 46th position following the second tournament of her so far impressive Tour comeback.

Belgium’s Anja Vandenbussche enters the list in 66th position following her stunning quarter-final run at her first ranking event tournament for over 23 years.

Under-21 / Seniors

Despite her early exit in the World Under-21 Championship, Steph Daughtery retains top sport in the latest Under-21 rankings, but there is a new chaser behind with Thailand’s Ploychompoo Laokiatphong having risen to second place following her second consecutive World Championship victory.

There is also a new best position for Zoe Killington who climbs to third position, while 13-year-old Lilly Meldrum enters the list in ninth position following her sensational debut run in her Under-21 debut.

Newly crowned World Women’s Seniors Championship winner Tessa Davidson climbs three places to third in the latest over-40 rankings, a noteworthy achievement having competed in just two events since her comeback at last month’s British Open.

Poland’s Ewelina Pislewska is up to sixth position – up five positions – following her final run, but there is no change at the top with long-term top two Jenny Poulter and Jan Hughes retaining the top two positions.

The Seniors ranking list is now up to a record 32 players, with participation continuing to increase among our over-40 players.

The World Women’s Snooker Tour will return soon, with further information to be released as to upcoming events shortly.