The official world women’s rankings have been updated after Ploychompoo Laokiatphong claimed a title double at the Asia-Pacific Women’s Snooker Championship in Sydney, Australia.
The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis (excluding the 2020/21 season which did not take place). At this revision no points have been removed and those earned at the 2023 Asia-Pacific Women’s Championship have been added.
Thailand’s Mink Nutcharut has become the WWS number one ranked player for the first time in her career following her quarter-final run in Australia. Nutcharut becomes the second player from Asia and only the 12th player ever to achieve the historic feat.
The 23-year-old entered the tournament just 2,500 points behind top ranked Reanne Evans, and by reaching the last eight earned 2,625 points to hit the summit for the first time. With four ranking titles earned during the past year – including her maiden world title – and a further two finals reached, Nutcharut’s ascent is confirmation of her outstanding form since the start of 2022.
The three-way tussle at the top of the world rankings is set to continue over the coming months, with both Mink (7,000) and Evans (10,000) defending top points at the upcoming World Championship following their final in 2019, while Ng On Yee has the opportunity to gain ground with just 3,500 to defend following her previous quarter-final exit in Thailand.
There will be no points to defend at the season-ending British Open, with the next points due to be removed being those from the 2021 UK Championship in September 2023.
Newly-crowned Asia-Pacific Women’s Championship winner Ploychompoo Laokiatphong has climbed two places to number seven, equalling her career-best world ranking achieved last April.
There is also a four-place gain for runner-up Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan who also reaches her career-best position of number 11, while her semi-final opponent Ho Yee Ki is up nine places to number 18 following her best ever run.
Australian number one Jessica Woods rises 10 places to number 21 – one behind her career-high ranking of 20 – while 14-year-old Lilly Meldrum is up into the top 30 for the first time, having risen 13 places to number 29 following her second semi-final appearance of the season.
The final movers inside of the top 50 are Yee Ting Cheung (36) and Man Yan So (42), following their runs to the knockout rounds in Sydney.
Ploychompoo Laokiatpong has consolidated her already dominant position at the top of the Under-21 rankings following her latest triumph, with two tournaments to go before the Thai player turns 21.
Runner-up Lilly Meldrum moves up one place to number eight, while Natasha Chethan, Roxie Cooper and Mia Newman all enter the list for the first time following their Tour debuts in Sydney.
The Seniors rankings remain unchanged, with no tournament held in Sydney and no points removed at this revision.
The World Women’s Snooker Tour continues with the World Women’s Snooker Championship and Women’s Snooker World Cup from 25 February – 4 March 2023.