World Women’s Snooker (WWS) Ranking Adjustments on Tour Return

Posted on: 23 July 2021

Last edited on: 3 August 2021

World Women’s Snooker (WWS) has today announced how its official world ranking list will be updated upon the planned resumption of the Tour this September.

The WWS world rankings are run in accordance with a two-year rolling ranking list, updated following the conclusion of each tournament. The rankings have been frozen since February 2020 after the Belgian Women’s Open, the last event prior to the enforced suspension of the Tour due to the global pandemic.

The staging of the UK Championship from 4-5 September is set to mark the end of an 18 month wait for the return of the WWS Tour, which earlier this year became an official qualifying pathway to the professional World Snooker Tour.

It is, however, clear that although our tournaments remain open to players of all nationalities, international travel remains extremely challenging for all and is likely to do so for the foreseeable future. It is inevitable this this will affect the ability of players – with 29 countries currently represented on our world ranking list – to travel and maintain their ranking without adjustments being put in place.




ADJUSTMENTS

  • Ranking points earned at the 2018 UK Championship, Australian Open and Eden Masters tournaments will be retained by all players, UNLESS:
    • A player reaches a later round at the 2021 staging of the same event. In this case, they will take the higher amount of ranking points earned instead of their previously earned points.
  • Ranking points earned at tournaments staged in 2018, not due to be held in 2021 (World Championship*, Festival* and European Women’s Masters) will be held for an additional two seasons, or until the corresponding event has been staged again, whichever comes first.

*points from these events were awarded under our historic 2017/18 ranking points schedule and in the interests of fairness will be adjusted to the equivalent totals under the current points distribution following the next completed tournament

At the end of the 2021 calendar year a decision will be taken as to whether similar measures will be applied during the second half of the season, based upon international travel conditions at the time.


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OBJECTIVES

As an international organisation WWS recognises the need to provide protection and stability to those players who have travelled the world to earn their ranking positions and are currently unable to compete due to circumstances beyond their control.

At the same time, there is also a clear need to provide incentive to those players who can compete, to be able to add points and ultimately improve their ranking positions and standing in our sport.

The objective of today’s announced changes is to provide a fair balance between these goals and to ensure fairness for all during what remains an unprecedented and ever-changing scenario for us all.

The WWS world rankings will next be updated following the 2021 UK Championship which is set to run from 4-5 September.


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