2024: China to Host World Women’s Championships for First Time…
CHINA is to host next year’s World Women’s Snooker Championships for the first time in its 41-year event history.
The news comes as this season’s WWSC was held in Thailand, Bangkok, and was won by the Thai rising star of Siripaporn who defeated China’s Bai YuLu in the final 6 – 3.
The event has only been held outside the UK four times in two different countries. Twice in India in New Delhi, and twice in Thailand, Bangkok.
Inside the UK, it has only been held once in Wales. Only English players from the UK have scooped the title. No player from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Republic has scooped a Women’s World title.
Only three players from overseas have landed a title, with Lesley McIlrath from Australia winning in 1980 and then, of course, Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee scooping the title three times between the years of 2015 – 2018.
Mink Nutcharut, the World number one, scooped a title in 2022, and then her Thai counterpart Siripaporn scooped it this year.
Reanne Evans is the 12-time World champion and 12-time UK Champion of the World Women’s Snooker Tour and the Standard Bearer of Women’s Snooker.
Vera Selby first won the event in 1976 in Middlesborough, UK.
It will be held in March 2024 between the 11 – 17th.
The World Women’s Snooker Tour has been steadily growing in stature and has been making the headlines with a plethora of talent coming through in the game, as well as talented World Women top 20 players with the likes of Tessa Davidson, Woking star Jasmine Bolsover, Emma Parker, who has been fearless on the Exhibition Circuit, and they’ve appeared on TV events such as the 900 and the likes of Rebecca Kenna et al appearing in the World Mixed Doubles on the Main Tour.
900 star Mary Talbot Deegan scooped the last ranking event of 2023 at the Eden Women’s Masters earlier this year in Coulsdon.
The winner of the WWSC 2024 will gain a place on the Main World Tour next year.
On the WWS website, Mandy Fisher, whom SnookerZone has already interviewed, here, said: “On behalf of our team we are all hugely excited to be heading to China for the first time for our World Championship later this season, and in particular I would like to thank Bobby Lee and the CBSA for their support of the event.
“The return of professional snooker to China in 2023 has underlined the importance of this market to our sport and we cannot wait to stage this iconic tournament in Dongguan. This tournament continues to become bigger and better with each year and the 2024 event represents a significant step forward for women’s snooker with an increased prize fund and a fantastic new venue to host the world’s best players.”
Merry Christmas to everyone on the World Women’s Snooker Tour and we look forward to more Women’s Snooker Coverage next year in 2024.
From SnookerZone writer/Journalist Chris Gaynor.