The WPBSA is at the moment 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 varieties a part of a wider dedication which at the moment reinforces the position of the WPBSA’s World Ladies’s Snooker Tour as a significant improvement 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 ladies’s snooker for over 15 years, having between them dominated the game’s main competitions.
Evans is essentially the most profitable girls’s snooker participant ever, having gained the World Championship on a document 12 events since 2005. In 2020 she was awarded an MBE for her companies to our sport and beforehand spent one season on the skilled tour in 2010/2011.
For Ng, the Asian star is ready 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 also be a two-time winner of the distinguished ‘Better of the Finest’ award on the Samsung Sports activities Awards in Hong Kong and has been broadly celebrated in her house nation.
A Sport for All
Since changing into a subsidiary improvement 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 nations presently represented.
Traditionally primarily based throughout the UK, WWS has since staged prestigious rating occasions in nations akin to 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 ladies to compete alongside the perfect skilled gamers on the earth, 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 area of play to compete equally and each the WPBSA and WWS are delighted that at the moment’s announcement marks one other vital milestone in serving to elite feminine expertise to compete on the very highest degree of our sport.
“A Enormous Second for Ladies’s Snooker”
Mandy Fisher, WWS President mentioned: “I’m thrilled that from subsequent season two of our main girls’s snooker stars will have the ability to take their place on the skilled circuit.
“World Ladies’s Snooker celebrates its 40th anniversary later this yr and I can actually say that at the moment’s announcement marks one of the vital days in our historical past thus far. With the help of Jason Ferguson and the WPBSA, we’ve got taken vital strides in current seasons and for our tour and most significantly our gamers to be recognised on this manner represents an enormous second for ladies in snooker.”
Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman mentioned: “For a few years we’ve got championed the position of girls in our sport, from providing alternatives for our girls to compete at main skilled occasions, to our improvement of the WPBSA’s World Ladies’s Snooker Tour.
“We firmly imagine that there isn’t any motive why a lady can’t compete equally with a person and at the moment’s announcement underlines our dedication to girls’s snooker each now and sooner or later.
“By seeing our main feminine gamers compete on tv regularly, we’re assured that extra girls and ladies 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
Be taught extra concerning the World Ladies’s Snooker Tour at https://www.womenssnooker.com/