Group Stage Draw Released for Paul Hunter Women’s Classic

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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.

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Paul Hunter Women’s Classic: Enter Now

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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.

 

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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.

Wendy Jans – European Ladies Snooker Champion 2017

Wendy Jans has successfully defended her European title by overcoming Anna Prysazhnuka of Latvia by 5 frames to 1. Wendy started the match nervously and Anna took the first frame by a narrow margin. From then on Wendy took control and played some excellent snooker making breaks of 36, 45, 32, 30, 43 and 31, taking five frames in succession to once again take the trophy and title.

Tatjana Vasiljeva gets wild card

Latvia’s Tatjana Vasiljeva will compete as a wild card at the final stages of the Kaspersky Riga Masters later this month for the second time.

Last year, the 33 year-old took on Marco Fu at the same stage of the event, losing 4-1 in a match far closer than it appeared on paper, Fu having taken two frames on the final black.

This year the WLBS world number seven will take on Scotland’s Anthony McGill, ranked 17th on the professional circuit, in a first round match held over to the venue at 11:00am local time on Friday 23rd June 2017.

Provisional 2017/2018 calendar announced

The provisional calendar for the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour has today been announced by World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS).

Following a landmark previous season which saw ranking events held in Germany and Singapore for the first time, the WLBS has confirmed that the World Women’s Championship will return to Asia for a second consecutive year from 12-18 March 2018.

As in 2016, the new season will get underway in Germany, with the Paul Hunter Women’s Classic set to be held from 24-27 August 2017. The early stages of the event will be held at the Ballroom Nürnberg venue, with the final rounds to run alongside the professional Paul Hunter Classic tournament at the Stadthalle.

The event will be followed by the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship, which will once again be staged at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on the weekend of 30 September – 1 October 2017.

The same venue will also host the LITEtask Festival of Snooker on 13-17 April 2018, with players competing for a range of world championship titles across a variety of singles and doubles competitions.

Information as to further provisional events, including the Eden Women’s Masters will be released as soon as possible.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “Over the past few years the World Women’s Snooker Tour, under WLBS, has gone from strength to strength, thanks to the support of the WPBSA and our sponsors Eden Resources, LITEtask and the Northern Snooker Centre.

“Once again we will be travelling around the globe and welcoming players from all nationalities to compete in our world ranking events that have no limitations and are open to any women in the world.”

Provisional 2017/18 WLBS Calendar

24-27 August 2017
Paul Hunter Women’s Classic – Furth, Germany.

30 September – 1 October 2017
LITEtask UK Women’s Championship – Leeds, England

October/November 2017
Eden Women’s Masters – Venue TBC

February 2018
Ranking Event TBC

12-18 March 2018
World Women’s Championship – Asia TBC

13-17 April 2018
LITEtask Festival of Women’s Snooker – Leeds, England

June 2018
WLBS Event TBC

Ladies Day Returns to Betfred World Championship

Ladies Day returns to the Betfred World Snooker Championship on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at the Sheffield Winter Garden close to the Crucible Theatre.

This year marks the fifth staging of the day as World Snooker, in partnership with the WPBSA and World Ladies Billiards and Snooker, aims to encourage women to participate in snooker, as players, fans or officials.

The day will see students from Spire Junior School visit the Cue Zone to try snooker, under the guidance of WPBSA World Snooker coaches Pete Odell and Danielle Findlay. They will be joined by players and officials from the WLBS World Women’s Snooker Tour including 11-time world champion Reanne Evans and together with members of the public will complete a variety of challenges throughout the day.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Our development work has proved that there is enormous interest for ladies to play snooker across the world. As a world governing body we have a responsibility to demonstrate equality and diversity within our sport. Ladies Day is an exciting, fun and engaging day which proves snooker is truly a sport for all.”

The event will also raise money for World Snooker’s official charity Jessie May, with players on the day wearing t-shirts in support. Fans are encouraged to wear purple, with goodie bags available for spectators who do so subject to availability. There will also be a selection of cakes on sale, with a proportion of money from every sale going to the charity.

The following WLBS players will be in action on Ladies Day:

Reanne Evans
Rebecca Kenna
Shannon Metcalf
Emma Parker
Aimee Benn
Stephanie Daughtery
Sharon Kaur
Michelle Brown
Diana Schuler

Referee: Sarah McManus

Updated WLBS Rankings: April 2017

The official WLBS world women’s ranking list has now been updated following the concluding event of the season, the LITEtask Festival of Women’s Snooker in Leeds, England.

View the updated WLBS world rankings

Season changes – 
Comparing the rankings to the start of the season, the biggest winners are Laura Evans and Rebecca Kenna, who have climbed from 12th and 21st positions, to fourth and sixth respectively.

Junior players Shannon Metcalf (13th), Jeong Min Park (18th) and Aimee Benn (20th) have also seen significant rises to climb into the top 20, while Claire Edginton is close behind in 22nd.

Paula Judge, Heidi de Gruchy and World Championship runner-up Vidya Pillai have all finished the campaign inside of the top 30, despite having not competed during the previous season.

Among those to have dropped places, Jaique Ip Wan In has fallen six places from third to ninth, while Jenny Poulter and Vicky Shirley have both dropped out of the top 10 since the start of the campaign.

The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the opening event of the 2017/18 season.

 

Ladies at the World Championship Qualifiers

Ladies’ number 1 Reanne Evans will be in action again tomorrow in the World Championship Qualifiers. Reanne took the snooker world by storm on day 1 of the qualifiers by beating Finland’s Robin Hull, world ranked 57. Even the New York Times picked up on the story.

Evans takes on Lee Walker [ranked 89] and is looking to become the first Lady to pay at snooker’s spiritual home, The Crucible.

On Yee Ng from Hong Kong, the current ladies’ World Champion was beaten by Nigel Bond in her first round match. This didn’t deter On Yee however from winning the first ever Women’s World 6 Red Championship yesterday..

World Festival of Women’s Snooker

 

The full entry pack for the 2017 LITEtask Festival of Women’s Snooker is now available:

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To be held at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds on 7-11 April 2017, the event will encompass six World Championship competitions played over different formats, including both singles and doubles competitions.

There will be a total prize fund of at least £8,000 to be won, including for the first time a special £1,000 bonus for a maximum 107 break during the 10-Red World Championship competition.

Full list of events:

  • LITEtask World Women’s 10-Red Championship

  • LITEtask World Mixed Pairs Championship

  • LITEtask World Women’s Pairs Championship

  • LITEtask World Women’s 6-Red Championship

  • LITEtask World Women’s Seniors Championship

  • LITEtask World Women’s U21s Championship

Mark Pears, LITEtask said: “LITEtask are delighted to sponsor the 2017 World Festival of Women’s Snooker. With a fantastic six World Championship events on offer, we are in for five days of great entertainment from the very best women players from around the world and we would like to wish good luck to everyone taking part.”

Full information, including event schedule and details on how to enter are set out in the entry form.