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Ladies World Championship

 

There was no official Ladies’ world championship until the mid 1980s but the Women’s World Open was effectively the world championship. It was first held on 1976 and won by Vera Selby, the leading player of the time. It was not held again until 1980 with sponsorship from Guinness and after missing out in 1982 Pontins sponsored the 1983 event which carried the title of world championship for the first time.
 
The next few years were dominated by Allison Fisher who won seven of the nine championships held between 1985 and 1994. Both she and Karen Corr, who won in 1990, 1995 and 1997, moved to America to take up pool.
 
From 1998 to 2003 the championship was backed by Embassy with the final taking place at the Crucible Theatre during the men’s world championship. These years were dominated by another Fisher, Kelly (no relation), who won five of the six Embassy titles. She eventually mover over to the American pool circuit as well.
 
For many years, the Ladies game was supported by the WPBSA but this support ceased when they became short of money in 2004 and the event was not held. At the same time the IBSF introduced their own Ladies event to run alongside the IBSF World (Amateur) Championship and it looked as thought this would be the only championship for ladies but the official World Ladies Championship was revived in 2005 when it was held at the Cambridge Snooker Centre where it has remained ever since.
 
A ladies event was added to the IBSF World Under-21 Championships in 2007.
 

Roll Of Honour

Ladies World Championship

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score
1963 WOMENS WORLD OPEN
1976 Middlesborough Embassy Vera Selby ENG Muriel Hazeldene ENG 4-0
1980 Hayling Island Guinness Lesley McIlrath AUS Agnes Davies WAL 4-2
1981 Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight Guinness Vera Selby ENG Many Fisher ENG 3-0
1972 LADIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
1983 Pontins, Brean Sands Pontins Sue Foster ENG Maureen Baynton ENG 8-5
1984 Dublin, Ireland none Stacey Hillyard ENG Natalie Steinmach CAN 4-1
1985 Breaks, Solihull First Liesure Allison Fisher ENG Stacey Hillyard ENG 5-1
1986 Breaks, Solihull First Liesure Allison Fisher ENG Sue LeMaich CAN 5-0
1987 Puckpool, Isle of Wight Warners Ann-Marie Farren ENG Stacey Hillyard ENG 5-1
1988 Pontins, Brixham Pontins Allison Fisher ENG Ann-Marie Farren ENG 6-1
1989 Pontins, Brixham Pontins Allison Fisher ENG Ann-Marie Farren ENG 6-5
1990 Waldorf Hotel, London Trust House Forte Karen Corr NIR Stacey Hillyard ENG 7-4
1991 Hyde Park Hotel, London Trust House Forte Allison Fisher ENG Karen Corr NIR 8-2
1992 not held n/a n/a n/a Ln/a n/a
1993 Blackpool Forte Hotels Allison Fisher ENG Stacey Hillyard ENG 9-3
1994 New Delhi Highball Allison Fisher ENG Stacey Hillyard ENG 7-3
1995 New Delhi Woodall Shoes/Honda Karen Corr NIR Kim Shaw ENG 6-3
1996 not held na n/a n/a n/a n/a
1997 LLanelli, Wales none Karen Corr NIR Kelly Fisher ENG 6-3
1998 Crucible Theatre, Sheffield¹ Embassy Kelly Fisher ENG Karen Corr NIR 5-0
1999 Crucible Theatre, Sheffield¹ Embassy Kelly Fisher ENG Karen Corr NIR 4-2
2000 Crucible Theatre, Sheffield¹ Embassy Kelly Fisher ENG Lisa Ignall ENG 4-1
2001 Crucible Theatre, Sheffield¹ Embassy Lisa Quick ENG Lynette Horsburgh SCO 4-2
2002 Crucible Theatre, Sheffield¹ Embassy Kelly Fisher ENG Lisa Quick ENG 4-1
2003 Crucible Theatre, Sheffield¹ Embassy Kelly Fisher ENG Lisa Quick ENG 4-1
2004 not held n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2005 Cambridge Snooker Centre none Reanne Evans ENG Lynette Horsburgh SCO 6-4
2006 Cambridge Snooker Centre none Reanne Evans ENG Emma Bonney ENG 5-3
2007 Cambridge Snooker Centre none Reanne Evans THA Katie Henrick ENG 5-3
2008 Cambridge Snooker Centre none Reanne Evans ENG June Banks ENG 5-2
2009 Cambridge Snooker Centre none Reanne Evans ENG Maria Catelano ENG 5-2
2010 Cambridge Snooker Centre none Reanne Evans ENG Maria Catelano ENG 5-1
2011 Pot Black SC. Bury St Edmunds Greene King Reanne Evans ENG Emma Bonney ENG 5-1
 ¹Semi finals & final only played at the Crucible


IBSF Ladies World Championship
Year Venue Winner
Runner Up Score
2003 Jiangmen, China Kelly Fisher ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-2
2004 Velthoven, Holland Reanne Evans ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-1
2005 Not held
n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2006 Amman, Jordan Wendy Jans BEL Jaique Ip Wan-in HKG 5-0
2007 Korat, Thailand Reanne Evans ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-0
2008 Wels, Austria Reanne Evans ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-3
2009 Hyderabad, India Ng On Yee HKG Kathy Parasis AUS 5-1
2010 Damascus, Syria Ng On Yee HKG Jaique Ip Wan-in HKG 5-0

IBSF Ladies World Under-21 Championship
Year Venue Winner
Runner Up
Score
2007 Goa, India Bi Zhiqing CHN Ng On Yee HKG 4-2

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EBSA European Ladies Championship

There as been a Ladies event running alongside the Men’s European Championship since 1976. Unlike the men’s competition for which the top professionals are not eligible, all the top women can enter and Kelly Fisher won seven of the first eight championships before she took up pool in the USA. Her main rival has been Wendy Jans of Belgium who, after being runner up to Kelly for five years in a row finally won the title for herself in 2004 and has now won it five times in all.

Roll Of Honour

Year Venue Winner Runner Up
Score
1996 Antwerp, Belgium Kelly Fisher ENG Karen Corr NIR 6-3
1997 Biarritz, France Kelly Fisher ENG Kim Shaw ENG 5-3
1998 Helsinki, Finland Karen Corr BEL Kelly Fisher ENG 5-2
1999 Enschede, Holland Kelly Fisher ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-2
2000 Stirling, Scotland Kelly Fisher ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-0
2001 Riga, Latvia Kelly Fisher ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-3
2002 Kalisz, Poland Kelly Fisher ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-0
2003 Bad Wildungen, Germany Kelly Fisher ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-4
2004 Volkermarkt, Austria Wendy Jans BEL Reanne Evans ENG 5-3
2005 Ostrw Wielkopolski, Poland Wendy Jans BEL Katie Henrick ENG 5-3
2006 Canstanta, Romania Wendy Jans BEL Isabelle Jonckheere NED 5-0
2007 Carlow, Ireland Reanne Evans ENG Wendy Jans BEL 5-2
2008 Lublin, Poland Reanne Evans ENG Emma Bonney ENG 5-3
2009 Duffel, Belgium Wendy Jans BEL Inese Lukashevska LAT 5-0
2010 Bucharest, Romania Wendy Jans BEL Diana Stateczny GER 5-3
2011 Sofia, Bulgaria Wendy Jans BEL Tatjana Vasiljeva LAT 5-1

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EBSA European Ladies Team Championship

Prior to 2004, this event was known as the Continental Team Cup and was only open to counties in mainland Europe. For the first few years it was played solely on a league basis but in 1999 a knock-out phase was added. In 2004 it became the European Team Championship and teams from United Kingdom and Ireland took part.

Roll of Honour
Year Venue Winner Runner Up
Score
1997* Malta
Belgium Germany League
1998* Vienna, Austria Belgium Finland League
1999* Grenoble, France Belgium Belgium 2-1
2000* Gibraltar Germany Holland 2-1
2001* Spijkenisse, Holland Belgium Poland 3-0
2002* Iceland Germany Holland 2-1
2003* Malta Belgium Germany 3-2
2004 Riga, Latvia England Poland 7-1
2005 Qawra. Malta England Germany 8-0
2006 Carlow, Ireland Belgium Republic of Ireland 5-2
2007 Gent, Belgium Belgium Poland 5-0
2008 Glasgow, Scotland England Poland 6-0
2009 St. Petersburg, Russia England Russia 6-0
2010 Qawra. Malta Germany France 2 5-1
2011 Qawra. Malta Germany Russia 5-2

*Continental Team Cup


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