REBECCA Kenna is preparing for arguably the biggest nine days of her season from next Monday.

The Keighley native has a place on the professional World Snooker Tour, automatically given to her as the women's world number four.

That means she will be taking part in the first round of qualifying for the World Snooker Championship.

The nine-day event takes place at the English Institute of Sport down in Sheffield, with 16 players eventually going through to join the world's top 16 in the main tournament at the Crucible.

Kenna's journey starts next Monday, where she will be taking on London-born veteran Alfie Burden.

If she gets through, she will play Alexander Ursenbacher, who has the honour of being Switzerland's first-ever professional snooker player.

Beat him, and the Keighley potter faces a tricky third qualifying round test against Scotland's Stephen Maguire, who reached the quarter-finals at the Crucible last year.

If she pulls off a shock against the former world number two, Kenna will face one of Muhammad Asif, Iulian Boiko, Stuart Carrington or Fan Zhengyi.

Beat whichever of that quartet gets through to the fourth qualifying round, and the Keighley star will be at the Crucible to take part in the main event for the first time in her career.