The official world women’s rankings have been updated for the first time during the 2023/24 season following victory for Thailand’s Mink Nutcharut at the US Women’s Snooker Open at Ox Billiards, Seattle.
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 no points have been removed and those earned at the 2023 US Open have been added.
The total rankings points of each player will be calculated from their best 14 results during the current counting period.
Having become number one for the first time back in February following the Asia-Pacific Snooker Championship, the 23-year-old was narrowly overtaken by 12-time world champion Reanne Evans following her last 16 defeat at May’s British Open.
But victory for the Thai youngster – a fifth since January 2022 – combined with Evans not competing stateside, means that Mink will make a swift return to top spot.
Despite her defeat to Mink in the US final, Hong Kong’s Ng also moves above Evans to reclaim a top two ranking for the first time since January.
With both Evans and Ng (the latter due to COVID-19 protection rules) set to defend maximum points at the upcoming Taom UK Championship, Mink has the opportunity to build a useful lead, before she has significant points of her own to defend during the second half of this season.
Outside of the top trio, Germany’s Diana Schuler is the only other mover within the world’s top dozen as she climbs two places to 10th following her performances in Seattle.
Hong Kong’s Jaique Ip Wan In rises eight places to number 22 after she reached her first ranking event quarter-final since 2019, while Louise Foster breaks the world’s top 50 for the first time following results in the US.
There are two new entries to the ranking list, most notably Maryann McConnell who sensationally reached the knockout rounds while competing in her first tournament for 28 years.
The highest ranked players from the United States are now Marissa Du and Frances Tso, who are level on 3,975 points, with Du ahead in line with countback rules.
Jaique Ip Wan In claimed her first Seniors title on debut at the US Open to climb to immediately enter the list in 14th position.
Beaten finalist Kathleen Stanley becomes the highest ranked player from the United States in 18th, while the further additions of Jaime Miller and Canadian Maryan McConnell take the total list to an unprecedented 50 players.
The 2023/24 WWS season continues with the return of the Taom UK Championship from 22-24 September 2023. Enter online now via WPBSA SnookerScores.