Updated WLBS Rankings: March 2017
The official WLBS world women’s ranking list has now been updated for a fifth time this season following Ng On Yee’s World Championship success in Singapore earlier this month.
The WLBS world rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during the 2014/15 season to be removed as this season progresses. Following the World Championship, points from the 2015 World Championship have been removed in accordance with the already published points drop-off dates.
There is in fact no change at the top of the ranking list for either world number one Reanne Evans or second placed Ng On Yee, after both players matched their performances from the corresponding event in 2015. Indeed as was the case two years ago, On Yee defeated Evans in the semi-finals, before going on to claim her second world title in Singapore, meaning that Evans retains a lead of 15,300 to the Hong Kong player at the top of the table.
In behind them, Maria Catalano and Laura Evans consolidate third and fourth places respectively by reaching the last 16, but one of the big winners from the week is Hong Kong’s Wan Ka Kai, who climbs three places to fifth following her run to the quarter-finals. She now becomes her country’s second highest ranked player, as Jaique Ip Wan In drops from fifth position down to number nine, having not competed in Singapore.
Another big mover from the tournament is Keighley’s Rebecca Granger, who having reached the semi-finals for a second successive year climbs five places up into the top eight for the first time in her career at number seven.
Further down the list, India’s Vidya Pillai is a new entry at number 27 following her impressive run to the final, the previously unranked player having come so close to becoming world champion for the first time before losing out to On Yee 6-5.
Joining Pillai up inside the top 32 is Singaporean number one Charlene Chai, who followed up her Challenge Cup victory in Derby earlier this year with a run to the last 16 on home soil to climb 22 places to 31st. Other new entries to have impressed at the World Championship include Thai players Siriphaporn Nuanthakhamjan and Waratthanun Sukritthanes, straight in at 38th and 40th positions respectively.
Challenge Cup winner Amee Kamani enters the list in 49th position, while runner-up Nutcharut Wongharuthai is three places behind in 52nd.
The updated ranking list will be used to determine the seedings for the six and 10 red competitions at the LITEtask Festival of Snooker, which will take place on 7-11 April 2017 from the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds. There is still time to enter the event – visit wlbsl.com for more information.