The WPBSA is at present delighted to announce a historic settlement with World Snooker Tour which can see main World Ladies’s Snooker (WWS) stars Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee, provided the prospect to show skilled from the beginning of the 2021/22 season with two-year tour playing cards.
The announcement types a part of a wider dedication which at present reinforces the function of the WPBSA’s World Ladies’s Snooker Tour as a significant growth tour inside our sport’s elite pathway. Along with the 2 tour playing cards, it has additionally been confirmed that locations at skilled tournaments such because the Betfred World Championship and Champion of Champions will proceed to be provided every season.
England’s Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee of Hong Kong have been the flagbearers for girls’s snooker for over 15 years, having between them dominated the game’s main competitions.
Evans is probably the most profitable ladies’s snooker participant ever, having received the World Championship on a file 12 events since 2005. In 2020 she was awarded an MBE for her providers to our sport and beforehand spent one season on the skilled tour in 2010/2011.
For Ng, the Asian star is about to take pleasure in her first spell on the skilled tour, having emerged as the best menace to Evans’ dominance in the course of the previous decade. A 3-time winner of the World Championship since 2015 and a former world primary, Ng can be a two-time winner of the distinguished ‘Better of the Greatest’ award on the Samsung Sports activities Awards in Hong Kong and has been extensively celebrated in her residence nation.
A Sport for All
Since changing into a subsidiary growth tour of the WPBSA in December 2015, the World Ladies’s Snooker Tour has seen vital development, with participant participation having greater than doubled throughout that point with over 150 ranked gamers from 29 international locations presently represented.
Traditionally primarily based throughout the UK, WWS has since staged prestigious rating occasions in international locations reminiscent of Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Malta, Germany and Belgium, having turn out to be a really worldwide sport for all.
Alongside the World Ladies’s Snooker Tour itself, the WPBSA has additionally remained dedicated to offering alternatives for girls to compete alongside the very best skilled gamers on this planet, together with on the World Championship, Champion of Champions and Shoot Out competitions.
Snooker is a uncommon instance of a sport that may place women and men on the identical discipline of play to compete equally and each the WPBSA and WWS are delighted that at present’s announcement marks one other vital milestone in serving to elite feminine expertise to compete on the very highest stage of our sport.
“A Enormous Second for Ladies’s Snooker”
Mandy Fisher, WWS President stated: “I’m thrilled that from subsequent season two of our main ladies’s snooker stars will be capable of take their place on the skilled circuit.
“World Ladies’s Snooker celebrates its fortieth anniversary later this 12 months and I can actually say that at present’s announcement marks one of the vital days in our historical past to date. With the help of Jason Ferguson and the WPBSA, we’ve got taken vital strides in latest seasons and for our tour and most significantly our gamers to be recognised on this manner represents an enormous second for girls in snooker.”
Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman stated: “For a few years we’ve got championed the function of ladies in our sport, from providing alternatives for our ladies to compete at main skilled occasions, to our growth of the WPBSA’s World Ladies’s Snooker Tour.
“We firmly imagine that there is no such thing as a motive why a lady can’t compete equally with a person and at present’s announcement underlines our dedication to ladies’s snooker each now and sooner or later.
“By seeing our main feminine gamers compete on tv frequently, we’re assured that extra ladies and women from throughout the membership will likely be impressed to select up a cue and look to emulate their achievements sooner or later.”
Ladies’s Snooker Alternatives – 2021/22 season
World Snooker Tour playing cards (2) – decided by WWS rankings
World Championship Qualifiers (2) – decided by WWS rankings
Champion of Champions (1) – reigning World Ladies’s Snooker Championship winner
Study extra in regards to the World Ladies’s Snooker Tour at https://www.womenssnooker.com/