The official world women’s rankings have been updated for the first time in 2023 following a dominant victory for Mink Nutcharut at the Belgian Women’s Open in Bruges.
The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis (excluding the 2020/21 season which did not take place). At this revision the points from the 2020 Belgian Women’s Open have been removed and those earned at the 2023 Belgian Women’s Open have been added.
The most significant move in the world rankings at this revision sees Thailand’s Mink Nutcharut climb to a new career-high position of number two, in doing so ending the incredible nine-year streak of Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee, who have locked out the top two places for almost a decade.
With Nutcharut having improved upon her semi-final run in 2020 by lifting this year’s title, combined with a quarter-final exit for defending champion Ng On Yee in Bruges, there has been an 8,625 point swing between the two players in favour of the Thai player.
The latest success for Nutcharut – who has now claimed a Tour best four ranking titles since January 2022 – also takes her to within just 2,500 points of 12-time world champion Reanne Evans, who has held the top ranking since April 2019.
With Nutcharut entered into the upcoming Asia-Pacific Women’s Open, a run to the quarter-finals in Sydney would be enough to see the Thai player climb to become world number one for the first time in her career.
Outside of the top three, Mary Talbot-Deegan (7) and Diana Schuler (8) have each equalled their career-best ranking positions after they reached the quarter-finals and last 16 respectively at The Trickshot.
In what is a particularly congested section of the rankings where several players are separated by a small number of points, both players gained ground with Talbot-Deegan not having competed at the event in 2020 and Germany’s Schuler having exited at the group stages three years ago.
The pair move above 20-year-old Ploychompoo Laokiatphong – who did not compete in Belgium – as well as England’s Steph Daughtery who fell one round earlier than on her previous visit to Bruges when she reached the last eight.
Away from the top ten, Laura Evans has improved one position to number 11, while Belgian Open runner-up Wendy Jans has gained two places to move to 12th position, an impressive feat with the 14-time European champion having competed in just three of the 12 currently counting events.
Other players to climb the rankings inside of the top 50 include Jasmine Bolsover (+2), Kate Le Gallez (+2), Dalia Alska (+9), Sarah Dunn (+2), Chrissy Allwood (+3), Anna Lynch (+9), Clare Gamble (+7), Anja Vandenbussche (+10) and Emma Powers-Richardson (+11).
The Under-21 and Seniors ranking lists have also been updated following the event, with the points from both tournaments held in 2020 also removed at this revision.
While the top two remain unchanged in the Seniors rankings following victory for Tessa Davidson against compatriot Mary Talbot-Deegan, there are new career-best positions for Sarah Dunn (3) and Diana Schuler (6) following their semi-final runs in Belgium.
With no Under-21 tournament held this year, the junior rankings remain relatively static, with Albina Liaschuk of Belarus falling off the list representing the most significant change.
The World Women’s Snooker Tour continues with the Asia-Pacific Women’s Championship from 31 January – 3 February 2023.