The draw for the knockout stage of the World Women’s Snooker Championship has been released.
After 2 days of group action, the World Women’s Snooker Championship is now down to the last 24 for the knockout stage.
The top 2 from each group have gone through and the 8 best performing women have been placed in the last 16. The other 16 will play in the preliminary round to earn their place in the last 16.
The winner of the tournament will also receive a place on the WST for the next 2 seasons. If they already have a place on the tour, it will go to the “next highest ranked player” but whether that is based on the rankings after this event or the Belgian Open, is not clear.
It has also been announced that for the first time, as well as contesting the newly renamed Mandy Fisher Trophy in Sheffield, the winner of the tournament will also be guaranteed a place on the World Snooker Tour (WST) as one of at least two players due to qualify from the WWS Tour from the start of the 2022/23 season.
Should the tournament be won by a player currently on the main tour i.e. Reanne Evans or Ng On Yee, the next highest ranked player will be nominated to graduate to the professional circuit.
This follows the landmark announcement earlier this year that the WWS Tour has become an official qualifying pathway to the WST and underlines the commitment of our sport to seeing women compete at the very highest level.
The preliminary, last 16 and the quarter finals will all be played today. The semi-final is scheduled for 11:00am tomorrow and the final at 5:00pm.