There can be only one!

“The race for top spot in the WLBS ranking list is hotting up as long-time number one Reanne Evans and closest challenger Ng On Yee are set to battle it out over the coming months.”

But there are many who will argue that, as the women’s game progresses, there are soon to be new challengers. The top two will be well aware of the chasing pack including Maria Catalano, Laura Evans and Rebecca Kenna.

The Eden Women’s Masters coming up could well make things look very different!

Read the full article from the WPSA here http://www.wpbsa.com/number-one/

 

WLBS Rankings Update: October 2017

Ng On Yee
Ng On Yee

The official WLBS world women’s rankings have been updated for the second time this season following victory for Ng On Yee at the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship last weekend.

The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2015/16 to be removed during the course of this season. At this update, points earned during the 2015 UK Women’s Championship have been removed from player’s totals and replaced with those earned during this year’s corresponding event in Leeds.

On Yee defends points

With her third career victory at the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship at the weekend, Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee was able to successfully consolidate her position behind beaten finalist Evans in the world rankings.

In fact neither player sees a change to their points totals as the final was a repeat of their 2015 meeting also won by On Yee, therefore the reigning world champion remains 6,800 points behind Dudley’s Evans.

Suzie Opacic

The top 10

Behind the top two, Maria Catalano who was a semi-finalist in Leeds remains in third position, while Laura Evans and Rebecca Kenna have narrowed the gap behind with quarter-final runs, with neither losing points this weekend having not played in the event two years ago. Evans will however be defending big points at the upcoming Eden Masters having reached the final of that event two years ago on her return to the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

Suzie Opacic moves up a place to 7th above the absent Tatjana Vasiljeva following her quarter-final run, while Germany’s Diana Schuler rises to a new career high of number nine following her last 16 run.

Finally, Seniors event winner Jenny Poulter reclaims a top 10 position at the expense of Jaique Ip Wan In, who has missed the first two events of the 2017/18 season and drops two to 11th.

Emma Parker

The chasing pack

Outside of the top 10 notable movers include Ireland’s Paula Judge, up six to 21st following her last eight run in Leeds, while U21 winner Emma Parker has also gained six positions to climb into the top 30 after she reached the last 16 of the main competition on Saturday.

Heidi De Gruchy was also a big mover having reached the last 16 at a 15-red WLBS event for the first time, moving up to 23rd position from her starting position of 29th.

Teenage duo Stephanie Daughtery and Aimee Benn have also gained positions inside the top 20 having successfully qualified for the knockout stages, while Challenge Cup winner Ho Yee Ki moves up 12 places to 31st after she also reached the last 16 of the main event.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the Eden Women’s Masters later this month – enter the event now at www.wlbsl.com

Content courtesy of WPBSA

Sponsorship for Ladies Snooker Star Suzie Opacic

A PORTLAND online supplier of cue sports equipment has given women’s snooker a major boost.

Billiards Boutique has signed a sponsorship deal with world number eight Suzie Opacic.

The small family-run business sells snooker and pool tables as well as cues, cases and other accessories to customers worldwide.

It started life 12 years ago in a small shop in Weymouth but now enjoys a glorious sea view from a suite of offices above a motor service centre on Portland.

Owner Pete Williams, who “dabbles” at snooker, said: “I was playing nine-ball pool on the British circuit – not to any particular standard – and I thought it would be a great idea to import some of the American stuff.

“It soon transpired that there wasn’t that much of a market for the American game over here. That’s still the case, sadly.

“So I had to diversify and that’s when snooker equipment came along.”

Hampshire golden girl Opacic’s highest ever World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) ranking was fifth.

The 29-year-old town planner from Southampton said: “The sponsorship that Billiards Boutique is offering me enables me to practise more, play more, travel to tournaments and really keep pushing in the ladies’ game.

“The game has seen a huge surge in the last year or two with ladies’ snooker getting the backing of World Snooker.

“Tournaments used to always be in the UK but now they are moving abroad and that widens the appeal of the ladies’ game.

“You need the backing to play on the circuit and hopefully I can push up the rankings.”

Two years ago, WLBS was taken back under the wing of World Snooker and received increased sponsorship.

As well as holding an event in Germany last season, they took the 2017 world championships to Singapore where the total prize fund was £15,000.

In contrast, the professionals in the World Championship at the Crucible earlier this year were competing for a slice of a £1.75m prize pot.

Williams, 38, added: “I’ve known of Suzie since I’ve been involved in the industry but I’d never met her until now.

“It’s good to see that World Snooker has got involved again because the women’s game was almost on its last legs, which was a shame.”

For more information about the company, visit  www.billiardsboutique.com
Words and Picture by Tim Dunkley. Pete Williams and Suzie Opacic.

Thanks for reading

Pete Williams
Billiards Boutique

Enter the UK Women’s Championship

Enter the LITEtask UK Women’s Championship 2017 that will take place from 30th September – 1st October 2017 in Leeds, England

Closing Date: 18th September 2017 4:30pm BST
Entry Fees:    Main competition £40 (£20 for U21s)
U21s competition: £10*
Seniors competition: £20*

 

Click the pic for for details

Elite Studios 147 to Sponsor Reanne Evans

ELITE STUDIOS 147 TO SPONSOR WORLD NUMBER 1 REANNE EVANS
FOR THE LADIES UK AND WORLD TITLES

Elite Studio 147 and Founder Bobby Lee is very proud to sponsor Reanne Evans in the upcoming WLBS Uk and World Championship events this season.

Bobby said “In my opinion Reanne is a great ambassador for the ladies game and snooker in general. I have the utmost confidence in her ability to do well and be close in these two blue riband events in the woman’s game. We all at Elite Studio 147 China and Hong Kong will be supporting her”

Reannes manager, Jason Francis of Snooker Legends, said
“People who know about the game, know exactly how good Reanne is but being widely regarded as the best ladies player of all time doesn’t cover the costs of trying to compete and support both the WLBS and WPBSA events. Its only with the help of people like Bobby and his Elite Studio 147 that Reanne can fully concentrate on preparing to perform to the best she can, which in turn can bring commercial exposure and value to the partners like Bobby who invest and believe in her.” He added
“We’ve secured some important new allegiances this year with some great people. As well as her own cue range being launched we are looking to get Reanne playing on the Chinese Pool circuit where we are sure with the right team she can be very competitive”

To learn more about Bobby Lee and his Elite Studio 147, visit his facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/ELS147/

Watch the final of the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic live

The final of the WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic will be broadcast live via the Eurosport Player for the first time this Sunday.

Won last year by reigning world women’s champion Ng On Yee, the event marks the start of the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour and sees the best women players in the sport return to Fuerth, Germany hoping to capture the title.

In a landmark move for Eurosport and women’s snooker, Sunday’s climax to the event will be available to watch live on the Eurosport Player from 1:00pm CET, with full commentary provided by former professional world number 3 Neal Foulds.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “This is fantastic news for women’s snooker and another significant step in the development of our sport. Eurosport have made a huge contribution to snooker in recent years and I am delighted that snooker fans will now have the opportunity to watch this year’s final in Germany using their Player service.”

Live coverage of the final will also be available to watch via the WLBS Facebook page.

For more information about the tournament click here.

Group Stage Draw Released for Paul Hunter Women’s Classic

Picture and article courtesy of www.wlsbl.com

The draw for the group stages of the 2017 WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic is now available.

The tournament returns to Fürth, Germany for a second year from 24-27 August with top stars including Reanne Evans, Ng On Yee and Maria Catalano aiming to lift the silverware at the end of the week.

The trio will be among an international field which includes five of the world’s top six players, including ranking event winners and several of the most promising up and coming juniors on the Tour. In total, nine different countries will be represented, including Germany, the UK, Hong Kong and India.

In a change to the event format this year, the top two seeded players (Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee) have been seeded straight through to the knockout rounds. The remaining 25 players have been drawn into seven round robin groups, from which the top two finishers will qualify for the last 16 stage.

The group stage draw was carried out by World Snooker referee Maike Kessler, tournament director Jürgen Kessler and tournament assistant Stefan Kraus on 12 August 2017, with the top seven ranked players (excluding Evans and On Yee), seeded and kept apart in the draw.

As in 2016, the early rounds will take place at the Ballroom Nürnberg, with the semi-finals and final set to be contested alongside the professional Paul Hunter Classic event by World Snooker at the Stadthalle in Fürth.

Next Generation Geared For German Trip

The tournament is the first event of the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour, organised by World Ladies Billiards and Snooker under the auspices of the WPBSA, snooker’s world governing body.

WLBS Insight Survey 2017

World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) in conjunction with its world governing body the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) is actively working to get more women involved with snooker and to continue the exciting growth of the World Women’s Snooker Tour.

To help them to do so, they are looking for your feedback on a wide variety of topics including current events, opportunities for women generally and your ideas as to how they can help women to participate in snooker, either as players or officials.

Please click the button below to take part in the survey

Paul Hunter Women’s Classic: Enter Now

Paul Hunter Women’s Classic:

Enter Now

Entry is now open for the WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic as the World Women’s Snooker Tour returns to Germany for the start of the 2017/18 season.

 

Download the entry pack

Enter here

 

Won by Ng On Yee last season, the early rounds of the tournament will again be held at the nearby Ballroom Nürnberg, with the semi-finals and final provisionally set to be held alongside the World Snooker Paul Hunter Classic at the Stadthalle, Fürth.

 

For the first time, following successful negotiations with the promoter Dragonstars of the World Snooker Paul Hunter Classic, all players who enter the WLBS event will be able to watch the professional event for FREE! The event will be a fantastic opportunity to compete against world’s best women players and when not in action, to watch the professionals in play at one of the most popular venues on the World Snooker Tour.

 

Further information, including online entry and the full entry pack for the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic are available at www.wlbsl.com. The entry deadline for the event is Monday 17 July with payment of all entry fees to be made by 4:30pm on Tuesday 18 July.

 

Players will note that for the season World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) has introduced Standard Conditions of Entry, which shall apply in full to all WLBS events unless otherwise stated within the entry pack. We urge all players to read this document carefully and to contact us if you are unsure as to its contents.

 

Last month WLBS announced its provisional calendar for the 2017/18 season, with further information to be confirmed as soon as possible.