The WPBSA and WST have announced that Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee will be offered the chance to turn professional on the Main Tour next season.
The announcement forms part of a wider commitment which reinforces the role of the WPBSA’s World Women’s Snooker Tour as a major development tour within snooker’s elite pathway.
In addition to the two tour cards, it has also been confirmed that places at professional tournaments such as the World Championship and Champion of Champions will continue to be offered each season.
England’s Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee of Hong Kong have been the flagbearers for women’s snooker for over 15 years, having between them dominated the major competitions.
Evans is the most successful women’s snooker player ever – winning the World Championship on a record twelve occasions since 2005.
In 2020, the 35 year-old was awarded an MBE for her services and she previously spent one season on the professional tour in 2010/2011.
For Ng, the Asian star is set to enjoy her first spell on the professional tour, having emerged as the greatest threat to Evans’ dominance during the past decade.
A three-time winner of the Women’s World Championship since 2015 and a former world number one, Ng has been widely celebrated in her home country.
Mandy Fisher, WWS President said: “I am thrilled that from next season two of our leading women’s snooker stars will be able to take their place on the professional circuit.”
“World Women’s Snooker celebrates its 40th anniversary later this year and I can honestly say that today’s announcement marks one of the most significant days in our history so far.
“With the support of Jason Ferguson and the WPBSA, we have taken significant strides in recent seasons and for our tour and most importantly our players to be recognised in this way represents a huge moment for women in snooker.”
Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman said: “For many years we have championed the role of women in our sport, from offering opportunities for our women to compete at major professional events, to our development of the WPBSA’s World Women’s Snooker Tour.”
“We firmly believe that there is no reason why a woman cannot compete equally with a man and today’s announcement underlines our commitment to women’s snooker both now and in the future.
“Through seeing our leading female players compete on television on a regular basis, we are confident that more women and girls from across the club will be inspired to pick up a cue and look to emulate their achievements in the future.”
Women’s Snooker Opportunities – 2021/22 season
World Snooker Tour cards (2) – determined by WWS rankings
World Championship Qualifiers (2) – determined by WWS rankings
Champion of Champions (1) – reigning World Women’s Snooker Championship winner