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Top 10 Most Read Snooker Stories of 2020

There has been a lot to write about this year.

We’ve nearly made it to the end of another year so it’s time to wrap up the annual review on SnookerHQ by recalling the top 10 most read snooker stories of 2020.

It’s been a rather different twelve-month period, with plenty of interuptions and disruptions in the wake of the unexpected coronavirus outbreak that has wreaked havoc worldwide.



Even so, whether it has been in front of a packed audience or behind closed doors, a lot of snooker has still been contested.

Like in any other year, losers have been consoled and champions have been crowned, with the sport bouncing back from the lockdowns and defying the restrictions to sustain a relatively busy schedule.

Over the last few days, we have looked at some of highs of this year, among them Ronnie O’Sullivan’s sixth world title at the Crucible Theatre and the work that has been put in by all the support staff to keep the circuit operating.

There was also a look back at some of the lows, which obviously revolved around all the trials and tribulations related to COVID-19.

For SnookerHQ, it was another successful year despite the fact there were several months without any action to actually report on amid the first widespread lockdown.

This year, the site attracted more than 1,250,000 page views – a new record, eclipsing the 2019 figure by more than 100,000 hits.

There have been 437 published posts, with visitors coming from 217 territories around the world – from the UK and Ireland to Guam and Yemen.

An enormous thank you to all of those who contributed to SnookerHQ’s success in 2020 – especially all of the readers, who, by continuing to support the site, help to make the devotion of time worthwhile.

With your help, we can make 2021 even better.

Here are the top 10 most read snooker stories from 2020. Happy New Year!

Top 10 Most Read Snooker Stories of 2020

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10. Liang Wenbo Accused of Cheating in Snooker Win

cheating in snooker
The Chinese competitor beat Fergal O’Brien in a dramatic Judgement Day encounter that featured a moment of controversy in the deciding frame.

9. What Could Happen to the World Snooker Championship?

World Snooker Championship
As COVID-19 travelled quickly around the world at the start of the year, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding what would happen the World Championship in Sheffield.

8. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s Players Championship Defence in Doubt

O'Sullivan's Players Championship
O’Sullivan’s defeat in the Shoot Out put his place at the Players Championship in doubt. He would ultimately miss out on qualification for the 16-man event.

7. Neil Robertson Wins 2020 European Masters with Whitewash

2020 European Masters
Robertson was in no mood to hang around as he annihilated Zhou 9-0 in Austria.

6. Ronnie O’Sullivan Wins but Mark Selby is Out

Cheltenham Racecourse
The opening day of the World Grand Prix saw Selby crash out to China’s Xiao Guodong (pictured).

5. 2020 Snooker Player of the Year

2020 player of the year
An article only published in the last few days but with almost 20,000 hits. There can only be one player of 2020, and that’s Judd Trump.

4. Snooker Shoot Out Draw and Preview

Snooker Shoot Out draw
The quick-fire Shoot Out attracts a lot of page views every year, and 2020 was no different.

3. Provisional 2020/21 Snooker Season Calendar Announced

2020/21 snooker calendar
There was anticipation for the new season, even though there was an understanding that more events would have to be played behind closed doors.

2. Ali Carter on Controversy: “I’m absolutely flabbergasted”

Another strange incident, this time at the Masters, which eventual finalist Carter only gained an invite for upon Ronnie O’Sullivan’s late withdrawal.

1. 2020 World Snooker Championship Draw

With more than 52,000 hits, the draw for the rescheduled World Championship was the most clicked post of the year.
Photos courtesy of WST, WPBSA, and Monique Limbos.



3 Comments

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  2. Brian Clements

    As a former snooker correspondent for The Sporting Life I clearly love all things snooker. World Snooker have done a fantastic job to bring regular snooker into our homes and entertain us at such a difficult time. May it long continue. Have a happy New Year, David.

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the Northern Ireland Open – won by Mark Allen.

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

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