The WWS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis (excluding the 2020/21 season which did not take place). At this revision points from the 2019 World Championship have been removed and those earned at the 2023 World Championship have been added.
With Evans having defeated Nutcharut in the 2019 final to lift the title for a record-extending 12th time, it is the Thai player who makes a net gain with the pair having both reached the semi-finals this time around.
It is in fact a genuine three-way fight at the top as Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee has closed the gap to both players, having had fewer points to defend from 2019 following her quarter-final defeat to Nutcharut at that tournament.
With Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan now assured of a place on the World Snooker Tour following her maiden victory at Hi-End, there is now set to be a thrilling battle at the season-ending British Open for the second position available through the world ranking list.
As Mink Nutcharut is already assured of a second year on the professional tour, the contest is set to be a straight fight between Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee for the second spot.
It is Evans – courtesy of the 1,750 points lead that she takes into the final event – who holds the advantage, knowing that if she reaches at least the semi-finals, then only the title for Ng would be enough to see her overtake the 12-time world champion at the end of the weekend.
However, Ng can take comfort from the fact that her fate remains within her own hands, as if the three-time world champion were to claim her first title of the season, it would be enough to guarantee that she would overtake Evans, even if she were to reach the final.
With no changes of position inside of the top eight, it is newly-crowned world champion Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan who is our first mover as she climbs two positions to number nine and a top 10 berth for the first time.
Having reached the semi-finals of the corresponding event in 2019, the gain for Nuanthakhamjan is perhaps more modest than might have been expected. However, having missed the first four events of the 2021/22 season, the 23-year-old will be defending no ranking points until April 2024, meaning that she is well-placed to continue to climb the list over the next 12 months.
Outside of the top 10, there are gains for Maria Catalano (+3) and Tessa Davidson (+1) who did not play the event in 2019, while Zoe Killington equals her career-best position of number 16 following her first-ever tournament outside of Europe.
Talented youngster Lilly Meldrum has climbed five positions to number 24 to become the leading ranked Australian player, with Jessica Woods having dropped back having lost points from 2019 following her group stage exit.
China’s Bai Yulu is a significant new entry at number 37, having banked 7,000 points from her debut Tour event by reaching the final, while Bayarsaikhan Narantuya of Mongolia is straight in at number 62 following her quarter-final run which saw her defeat Ng On Yee at the last 16 stage.
Ploychompoo Laokiatpong remains top of the Under-21 rankings, despite seeing her reign as world under-21 champion ended by India’s Anupama Ramachandran in Thailand.
For Ramachandran it is set to be a short stay in the junior rankings with the World Cup winner set to turn 21 this May, but she nevertheless enters the list at number nine following her title victory.
The big mover is Australia’s Lilly Meldrum, who rises three places to number five, while Bai Yulu enters the list at number 12 following her semi-final debut.
There are now a record 25 ranked players on the Under-21 list, a significant increase following a strong entry at the World Championship.
Tessa Davidson has retained top position in the latest Seniors rankings – but with a reduced lead of 16,,950 points after second ranked Mary Talbot-Deegan claimed the World Seniors title for the first time in her career to earn the maximum 10,000 points on offer in Thailand.
Behind the top two, there is a notable move for Scottish Open winner Diana Schuler who rises two places to number four, while Maria Catalano climbs three to 12.
India’s Vidya Pillai is a new entry at number 14, having reached the final on her Seniors debut.