The official world women’s rankings have been updated for the fourth time this season – and final time in 2023 – after Mary Talbot-Deegan claimed her first ranking event title at the Eden Women’s Masters last weekend.
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 2021 Eden Masters have been removed and those earned at the 2023 Eden Masters have been added.
The total rankings points of each player will be calculated from their best 14 results during the current counting period.
World number one Mink Nutcharut has extended her advantage at the head of the world rankings, despite missing out on competing in London following her success at the UK Championship qualifiers on Saturday.
This is because having also not competed in 2021 due to international travel restrictions in place at the time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her points total remains unchanged. However, both Ng On Yee and Reanne Evans – who both reached the final in 2021 – have lost points at this ranking cut-off.
The net result is that Mink now leads second placed Ng by a significant total of 11,813 points, although following her successes at the 2022 British Open and World Championship tournaments almost two years ago, the 24-year-old will be defending maximum points herself in early 2024.
Despite her defeat in the title match, Hunter rises to a new peak of fourth position following her semi-final success against Rebecca Kenna, who drops one place to fifth as a result.
She is followed for the first time by Mary Talbot-Deegan, who climbs three places to sixth following her sensational breakthrough success at the Eden Masters. Having previously been ranked as high as number seven, the position represents a new career-best for the 43-year-old, some 29 years on from her Tour debut at the 1994 World Championship.
There is a significant rise for Sarah Dunn, who having reached her maiden ranking event semi-final at the Eden Masters is up seven places to a new high of 16th position.
Also on the move are Kate Le Gallez (+1), Laura Killington – who reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time to earn a rise of three places to 24th – Sophie Nix (+6), Louise Foster (+6), Anna Lynch (+2) and Chloe Payne inside of the top 32 (+3).
In the Under-21 rankings Sophie Nix has closed the gap to top ranked Zoe Killington to just 7,350 points following her success in Sunday’s junior final.
Having lost to Killington at the quarter-final stage of the event in 2021, it was a strong weekend for the Scottish youngster who has just 3,150 points to defend during the rest of this season, compared to 10,800 for her opponent.
Meanwhile, Tessa Davidson has extended her advantage at the top of the official Seniors rankings after she completed the successful defence of her Eden Masters Seniors title on Sunday.
With a huge lead of 25,950 points to closest challenger Mary Talbot-Deegan – who did add to her own total by emerging victorious in the heldover UK Championship final on Friday – Davidson is set to remain on top for the foreseeable future
Notably, however, the 54-year-old will now be defending maximum points on the Seniors rankings until October 2024, having won each of the first four tournaments held in 2022 following her comeback, meaning that Talbot-Deegan can close the gap.
Behind the top two, Sarah Dunn has extended her advantage to fourth placed Diana Schuler, after she reached her second Seniors final.
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