The official world women’s rankings have been updated after Reanne Evans lifted the Taom UK Championship title for a record-extending 12th time at the Northern Snooker Centre 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 UK Championship have been removed and those earned at the 2023 UK Championship have been added.
The total rankings points of each player will be calculated from their best 14 results during the current counting period.
Having fallen behind the Hong Kong player following last month’s US Open, Evans was able to successfully defend the 7,500 points that she won at the UK Championship in 2021, while On Yee – who was also defending maximum points due to the COVID-19 protection policy implemented at the time – saw her total reduced by 3,750 points after her semi-final defeat to Evans.
At the top of the table, Thailand’s Mink Nutcharut has seen her total trimmed to 65,438 as she fell one round earlier than her 2021 total, but remains 5,188 points ahead of second place during what is an important season for the 23-year-old who will be looking to earn a fresh two-year main tour card next May.
Outside of the top trio, English duo Rebecca Kenna and Jamie Hunter remain at the head of the chasing pack, with Hunter closing the gap after Kenna was unable to defend all of her final points earned in 2021, losing to Ng On Yee in the last eight.
There is a new career-high position for Thailand’s Baipat Siripaporn, who was unable to compete at the event two years ago and therefore gains significant ground as a result of her semi-final run in Leeds. With no points to defend prior to April 2024 having not competed for most of the 2021/22 season due to the pandemic, the reigning world champion will now be hoping to chase down the top five over the coming months.
Emma Parker stays seventh in what is an increasingly congested section of the rankings with just 663 points separating three players and Asia-Pacific champion Ploychompoo Laokiatphong dropping two places to eighth after she missed the UK Championship last weekend.
Despite her defeat in the final match, China’s Bai Yulu continues her rapid rise up the world ranking list as she rises five places to 14th following just three tournaments on the WWS Tour. With no points to defend during the next 18 months, it appears inevitable that the 20-year-old will soon earn a place in the top 10 if she continues to compete regularly.
Inside the top 30, Jasmine Bolsolver also continues to gain positions as she moves up two to 15th, while there are new career-high positions for Sarah Dunn (21), Lilly Meldrum (23), Laura Killington (25), Dalia Alska (26) and Sophie Nix (29).
There is a notable landmark for India’s Natasha Chethan who enters the top 50 for the first time, while tour returnees Varshaa Sanjeev Kumar and Hannah Ward are immediate entries into the top 100 after the pair reached the last 16 stage last weekend.
It is all change in the Under-21 rankings as England’s Zoe Killington becomes junior number one for the first time following her final run in Leeds.
With players including Ploychompoo Laokiatphong, Shannon Metcalf, Aimee Benn and Anupama Ramachandran all having turned 21 during the summer, the are also new best positions for Sophie Nix (2) Laura Killington (3), Lilly Meldrum (4), Bai Yulu (5), Chloe Payne (6) and new UK Under-21 champion Natasha Chethan in seventh position.
Finally, in the Seniors rankings it is ‘as you were’ with no changes in the top four positions following the Taom UK Championship.
With the final between Tessa Davidson and Mary-Talbot-Deegan not having been completed, their minimum guaranteed points up to and including the final have been added.
The 2023/24 WWS season continues with the Australian Women’s Open from 7-10 October 2023. Enter online now via the ABSC website.