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Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2018

We’ve nearly made it to the end of another year and it’s time to wrap up the annual rewiew on SnookerHQ by recalling the top 10 most read stories in 2018.

Here, there’s an opportunity to reflect on another twelve months that provided countless moments of jubilation and joy, coupled with numerous instances of defeat and despair.

Over the last few days we have considered some of the highs, which included Mark Williams’ fantastic third Crucible crown and Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record breaking UK Championship title – the latter earning the Player of the Year for a second time in succession too.

There was also a look back on a few of the lows, fronted by the banning of two more cheats for match fixing.

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For SnookerHQ, it was another hugely successful period as the website continues to provide daily coverage of the sport at professional and amateur level.

This year, the site attracted more than 635,000 page views – a staggering 94% increase from the 2017 figure.

In total, there have been 423 posts published while the website has also generated more interest on social media with almost 29,000 follows across Facebook and Twitter.

A huge thank you to all of those who contributed to SnookerHQ’s success in 2018 – especially all the readers, who, by continuing to support the site, help to make the devotion of time to this cause worthwhile.

With your help, we can make 2019 even better.

Here are the top 10 most read stories from 2018. Happy New Year!

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10. Should Mark Selby Fans be Worried?

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Way back in February, we took a look at Mark Selby’s sketchy form. Ten months and two ranking titles later, Selby remains world number one.

9. Ronnie O’Sullivan Ends Kyren Wilson’s Streak

Kyren Wilson's streak
Wilson had just won the Paul Hunter Classic and Six Red World Championship but could not prevent O’Sullivan reaching the Shanghai Masters final.

8. 2018 World Snooker Championship Draw

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As ever, there was much anticipation ahead of the World Championship first round draw.

7. Steve Davis Crowned Seniors Irish Masters Champion

Legend Steve Davis rolled back the years with victory in the inaugural Seniors Irish Masters at Goffs.

6. Shanghai Masters Final: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Barry Hawkins

Shanghai Masters final
Ronnie O’Sullivan takes on Barry Hawkins as he attempts to successfully defend the Shanghai Masters.

5. Preview: Scottish Open Draw and Schedule

Scottish Open draw
A look at the last tournament of the year generated almost 9,000 hits – more than the number one in last year’s most read stories.

4. Champion of Champions Final: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Kyren Wilson

Champion of Champions final
The English pair meet again, this time in the final at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. A lot of interest in O’Sullivan and Wilson.

3. Top 16 Confirmed for the World Snooker Championship

Mark Allen
Mark Allen just about avoids becoming the first Masters champion to have to qualify for the Crucible as the top 16 are confirmed during the China Open.

2. Northern Ireland Open Final: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Judd Trump

Northern Ireland Open final
A look ahead to another high-profile showdown between two of the sport’s biggest stars in Belfast.

1. Northern Ireland Open Draw and Preview

Northern Ireland Open draw
With more than 17,000 page views, top of the most read stories list in 2018 was the preview to the Northern Ireland Open.

Photos courtesy of World Snooker and Monique Limbos.



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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the World Snooker Championship – won by Mark Selby.

1. Judd Trump
2. Mark Selby
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Shaun Murphy
6. Kyren Wilson
7. John Higgins
8. Ding Junhui
9. Stephen Maguire
10. Yan Bingtao
11. Mark Williams
12. Mark Allen
13. Barry Hawkins
14. Jack Lisowski
15. Stuart Bingham
16. Anthony McGill

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