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Snooker rankings update after the Wuhan Open

The inaugural Wuhan Open concluded on Sunday with Judd Trump’s triumph helping him move further up the snooker rankings list.

A 10-7 defeat of Ali Carter provided the Englishman with a £140,000 champion’s cheque and a second ranking title in as many weeks.

What’s arguably even more impressive is the manner in which Trump has had to do it.

The 34 year-old becomes only the third player in history to win ranking tournaments in different countries in successive weeks.

Stephen Hendry won the Asian Open in China in 1990 and followed it up a week later with success in the Dubai Classic in the UAE.

A dozen years later, Mark Williams completed a quick international double with victories in both the China Open and the Thailand Masters.

Trump’s Wuhan Open glory comes just a few days after he emerged triumphantly at the English Open in Brentwood.

Official World Snooker Tour rankings

Ronnie O’Sullivan remains as the world number one for another week, with those immediately behind again failing to capitalise on an opportunity to surpass him.

O’Sullivan bowed out of the Wuhan Open in the quarter-finals following a 5-1 reverse to Lyu Haotian.

With second-placed Luca Brecel pulling out of the competition, it meant Mark Allen could have become the sport’s top dog for the first time in his career.

The Pistol needed to claim the trophy to achieve just that, but a 5-2 loss to Ali Carter in the last eight put an end to his aspirations for now at least.

Trump, meanwhile, leapfrogs the Northern Irishman into third place in the official two-year snooker rankings.

Indeed, the 2019 world champion has closed to within just £100,000 of O’Sullivan in first.

While many were expecting either Brecel or Allen to usurp the Rocket at some point this season, Trump may turn out to be O’Sullivan’s primary challenger if he can maintain his incredible run of form.

Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy, and Kyren Wilson complete the top eight.

The only other movers in the top 16 are Mark Williams and John Higgins, who swap positions for the third week running.

Just behind them is Carter, who is nearing a return to the top ten after reaching the final in Wuhan.

A little further down the pecking order, Lyu Haotian and Wu Yize’s semi-final efforts have seen the two Chinese competitors move up to 36th and 37th respectively.

Official 2-Year World Rankings
1Ronnie O’Sullivan£899,000
2Luca Brecel£881,500
3Judd Trump£799,000
4Mark Allen£791,000
5Mark Selby£609,000
6Neil Robertson£545,500
7Shaun Murphy£473,000
8Kyren Wilson£436,000
9Mark Williams£421,000
10John Higgins£404,000
11Ali Carter£371,500
12Robert Milkins£307,000
13Jack Lisowski£305,000
14Barry Hawkins£304,500
15Ding Junhui£267,000
16Hossein Vafaei£261,500
17Ryan Day£251,500
18Gary Wilson£220,500
19Tom Ford£216,500
20Anthony McGill£215,000
Click here for the full two-year list

Race to the World Grand Prix

Trump unsurprisingly moves into pole position on the separate one-year rankings list, which is based on results from this snooker season only.

These standings are important for determining who qualifies for three lucrative events in the second half of the campaign.

The top 32 from the one-year list will feature at the World Grand Prix in January, before the top 16 play in the Players Championship and the top 12 at the Tour Championship.

Trump will definitely be featuring in all of those lucrative events, while Carter has done his chances the world of good by rising into the top four.

Among the high-profile names with work to do in order to break into the top 32 are O’Sullivan, Brecel, and Robertson.

Note: The provisional list below was updated before any matches took place in the Northern Ireland Open.

1-Year Rankings
1Judd Trump£264,000
2Mark Williams£144,500
3Barry Hawkins£110,000
4Ali Carter£87,500
5Mark Selby£75,000
6Zhang Anda£53,000
7Xiao Guodong£52,500
8Lyu Haotian£51,000
9Shaun Murphy£48,500
10John Higgins£47,500
11Wu Yize£42,500
12Tom Ford£40,500
13Noppon Saengkham£36,000
14Jack Lisowski£35,000
15Hossein Vafaei£34,500
16Si Jiahui£33,000
17Chris Wakelin£32,500
18Mark Allen£31,500
19He Guoqiang£31,500
20Matthew Selt£31,000
21David Gilbert£29,500
22Liu Hongyu£29,500
23Ashley Carty£29,000
24Zhou Yuelong£28,500
25Kyren Wilson£27,000
26Yuan Sijun£26,500
27Sanderson Lam£26,000
28Stephen Maguire£24,500
29Robert Milkins£24,500
30Jamie Jones£24,000
31Sam Craigie£24,000
32Oliver Lines£24,000
36Ronnie O’Sullivan£23,500
37Ding Junhui£23,500
60Luca Brecel£15,000
69Neil Robertson£12,500
Click here for the updated provisional one-year list

BetVictor European Series

The Wuhan Open was not part of the BetVictor European Series, so there has been no change in these snooker rankings.

This series comprises eight events, with the money leader at its conclusion set to earn a jackpot bonus worth £150,000.

The next counting ranking event on the BetVictor series is the Northern Ireland Open later in October.

BetVictor Series
1Judd Trump£121,000
2Barry Hawkins£85,000
3Shaun Murphy£40,500
4Zhang Anda£36,000
5John Higgins£35,000
6Mark Williams£35,000
Click here for the full BetVictor Series list

When is the next snooker event?

The Northern Ireland Open is the next snooker ranking event on the 2023/24 calendar.

The venue stages at the Watetfront Hall in Belfast take place from October 22nd to 29th, with the players again competing for the Alex Higgins Trophy.

Before that, a preliminary qualifying competition for the Home Nations event will be held in Sheffield this week.

Featured photo credit: WST

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