Wendy Jans and Anita Rizzuti, two of Europe’s top ladies players, have been given places in snooker’s new World Open.
Belgium’s Jans and Norway’s Rizzuti will compete in the qualifying rounds of the world ranking event at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield this weekend. The tournament’s innovative format gives the chance for juniors, women, international amateurs and regional club tournament winners to compete against the ninety-six professionals.
Jans will play World No. 66 Simon Bedford, while Rizzuti will face current World Amateur Champion, Alfie Burden. Both will need to win at least two matches to qualify for the televised stages in Glasgow this September.
Jans is the current European Champion, nine-time Belgian champion and won the IBSF World title in 2006 while Ruzzuti is Norway’s ladies No. 1, whose partner Kurt Maflin plays on the professional circuit.
The qualifiers run from August 21 to 24 with the venue stages from September 18 to 26 at the SECC in Glasgow.
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