World Women’s Rankings | Belgian Women’s Open 2024

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The official world women’s rankings have been updated for the first time in 2024 following victory for world number one Mink Nutcharut at the Belgian Women’s Open in Bruges.

The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2023/24 season to replace those earned through the 2021/22 campaign. At this revision points from the 2022 British Open have been removed and those earned at the 2024 Belgian Open have been added.

The total rankings points of each player will be calculated from their best 14 results during the current counting period.

Mink Stays On Top

Thailand’s Mink Nutcharut will retain her position at the summit of women’s snooker after she completed the successful defence of her Belgian Open title last weekend.

The victory marks three successive years that Mink has claimed a ranking event title in January and therefore the ranking points earned in Bruges will replace those due to fall following her British Open win two years ago this month.

The gap to second placed Ng On Yee remains unchanged at 11,813 as the three-time world champion successfully defended the runner-up points previously held under the WWS Covid-19 protection policy, while Reanne Evans remains in third position after she reached the semi-finals.

Kenna Regains Fourth

Behind the top three, England’s Rebecca Kenna regains the fourth position that she briefly lost to compatriot Jamie Hunter following November’s Eden Masters.

Although Kenna sees her total reduced to 47,875 having fallen one round earlier than in Leicester two years ago, with Hunter losing quarter-final points and not involved in Belgium, the swing is enough to see Kenna regain the position by a slender margin of just 437 points.

From now until the end of the season, both players have exactly the same number of points to defend, although Hunter will not compete in Albania next week.

Notable Movers

There are no further changes inside of the top 10, with Bai Yulu the next player to gain positions despite her not competing in Bruges.

The reigning British Open champion gains two positions to rise to a career-high 11th, as both Diana Schuler and Steph Daughtery have both lost points from 2022, while Bai has nothing to defend from that period having only joined the Tour in February 2023.

Up four places to 14th is Wendy Jans of Belgium following her run to the semi-finals in her homeland, while Ho Yee Ki gains five places to regain a place inside of the world’s top 16.

There are new career-high positions for Amee Kamani (25), Annamaria Wilkins (29), Bayarsaikhan Narantuya (30), Anupama Ramachandran (33), Natasha Chethan (34) and Emma Powers-Richardson (41).

Davidson Dominates

In the Seniors rankings Tessa Davidson has maintained her position in top spot after she successfully defended the points earned following her comeback victory at the 2022 British Open.

Second placed Mary Talbot has narrowed the gap slightly to 24,150 points after she improved upon her result from two years ago to reach the final, with Sarah Dunn and Diana Schuler remaining in third and fourth positions respectively.

Annamaria Wilkins is up to fifth position on countback, having drawn level on points with Marianne Williams following her quarter-final exit in Bruges.

Although no Under-21 tournament was held, the rankings have been updated following the removal of the points earned at the 2022 British Open as Sophie Nix closes the gap to top ranked Zoe Killington to just 4,200 points. This is because Killington reached the final in Leicester two years ago, while Nix was only defending quarter-final points from the event.

With Killington set to defend 4,500 more points than Nix between now and the end of the season, Scotland’s Nix will be eyeing the opportunity to become number one for the first time, with the likes of Bai Yulu and Natasha Chethan also in pursuit and set to compete at the upcoming Albanian Open.

The WWS Tour will return next week with the Albanian Women’s Open, to be held at the Grand Blue Fafa Resort from 29 January – 2 February 2024.

Entry for the 2024 World Championship to be held in Dongguan, China, from 11-17 March 2024 is also currently open via WPBSA SnookerScores.