England's Reanne Evans and Hong Kong's Ng On Yee are among the stars set to feature at the World Women's Snooker Championship ©World Women’s Snooker

A place on the professional World Snooker Tour (WST) is up for grabs for the winner of the World Women’s Snooker Championship, which is set to be held in parallel with the World Women's Under-21 and Seniors World Championships from tomorrow in Sheffield.

The tournament is due to return for the first time since 2019, when the world number one Reanne Evans of England beat Thailand's Nutcharut Wongharuthai in the final in Bangkok.

Evans earned 10 successive titles between 2005 and 2014, with Hong Kong's Ng On Yee winning the Championship three times since then.

Those two players both currently compete on the WST, so if either of them clinch another World Championship, the next highest ranked player will be nominated to compete on the professional circuit.

This is the first time such a reward has been on offer at the World Women's Championship.

The Championship trophy has also been newly renamed after the founder and current President of World Women's Snooker (WWS) Mandy Fisher as a tribute to her work in the sport over 40 years.

Players from 15 countries are set to compete in a group stage at the Ding Junhui Snooker Academy.

This features seven groups with four players and five groups with five players, with all 12 featuring two seeds.

The renamed Mandy Fisher Trophy is up for grabs at the World Women's Snooker Championship ©World Women’s Snooker
The renamed Mandy Fisher Trophy is up for grabs at the World Women's Snooker Championship ©World Women’s Snooker

Of the top 14 ranked players on the WWS Tour, world number nine Jaique Ip Wan-in is the only absentee.

Group matches will be played over the best of five frames, and are due to finish on Saturday (February 12).

The best eight group winners are to advance to the round of 16, with the remaining 16 players who finished in the top two facing a preliminary round match on Saturday to join them and the other competitors entering a Challenge Cup knockout competition from Sunday (February 13).

Knockout ties are to be played over seven frames until the semi-finals, which will be contested over nine.

The first to six frames will win the final, which is set to conclude the World Championship on Monday (February 14).

Competition is set to begin in the World Women's Under-21 and Seniors Championships tomorrow, with the main event scheduled to start on Friday (February 11).

Thailand’s Ploychompoo Laokiatphong won the Under-21 World Championship in April 2019, and England's Jenny Poulter took the seniors title.

England last held the World Women's Championship in Leeds in 2016.

Sheffield last staged the event in 2003, when the final stages were staged at the Crucible Theatre, the famous venue which hosts the World Snooker Championship.