The official world women’s rankings have been updated following the 2023 British Open which saw China’s Bai Yulu earn the first world ranking title of her career at the Landywood Snooker Club, England.
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 British Open have been added.
England’s Reanne Evans has returned to the top of the world rankings for a record sixth time after she maintained her record of having reached the final of every staging of the British Open that she has entered.
The 12-time world champion was displaced by Thailand’s Mink Nutcharut following this year’s Asia-Pacific Women’s Snooker Championship in February, but following a surprise last 16 stage exit for Nutcharut last weekend, the pair have again swapped places with Evans returning to the rankings summit.
Separated by just 3,125 points pre-tournament, with Mink earning only half last 16 points as a seeded loser, a haul of 5,250 points for Evans by reaching the title match, was enough to see her finish the season with a lead of 1,187 points.
Behind the world’s top two, the first big mover is Thailand’s Ploychompoo Laokiatphong, as the Asia-Pacific Champion climbs one place to a new career-high of number six after she reached the semi-finals in Landywood.
With just 8,875 points earned during the 2021/22 season, having not competed in the first three tournaments due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time the 20-year-old is well positioned to close the gap to the top five next term.
Following victory at just her second world ranking event entered, 19-year-old Bai Yulu is already up into the world’s top 20, as well as the top 10 of the indicative one-year ranking list.
Having risen so sharply from just two appearances from the current 14 counting events, the Chinese prodigy is set to ascend further next season, with no points to defend for almost the next two years.
Also in the top 32, there are new career high positions for Zoe Killington (15), Sarah Dunn (26) and Laura Killington (27), while Sophie Nix (33) and Anna Lynch (35) have also gained positions just behind.
Mongolia’s Bayarsaikhan Narantuya is also a new entry into the world’s top 50 after another impressive performance on only her second Tour event to reach the last 16.
Ploychompoo Laokiatpong has finished the season as the top ranked Under-21 player, despite falling to Bai Yulu at the quarter-final stage of the tournament on Monday morning.
With four junior victories during the season, allied to two titles last term, the Thai player has been the dominant force in the category for the past 18 months, but set to turn 21 later this month will no longer be eligible to compete in the new season.
She was presented with a special sponsored trophy in recognition of her achievement by Chusak Phetmalaikul, owner of the Q House Snooker Academy during the final day of the tournament.
Unusually, the rankings have been updated pending the staging of the final which could not be completed during the weekend. However, the result of the final – which will feature China’s Bai and Sophie Nix of Scotland – will not have a material impact on the updated standings and seedings for the next tournament.
There are new career-high positions for Nix (3), Laura Killington (5) and Bai Yulu (10) inside of the top 10.
Already assured of finishing in top spot prior to the tournament, Tessa Davidson enjoyed another successful tournament in Landywood by reaching the final on Sunday evening.
She would be denied a fourth title of the season however by compatriot Mary Talbot-Deegan, who followed up success in the World Championship in March by defeating Davidson 2-1 in the final to win her third Seniors crown in all and reduce the gap to Davidson at the top of the standings.
Like Laokiatphong, Davidson was presented with a sponsored trophy last month during Women’s Snooker Day by Bobby Lee of Elite Sports Management, who kindly sponsored the award this season.
Behind the top two, there have been relatively few changes, with the top 10 remaining as they were heading into the tournament.
The World Women’s Snooker Tour will be back with the staging of the second US Women’s Open in August 2023.