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World Open: quarter-finals draw, preview, schedule

Eight players remain in the hunt for the World Open title at the Yushan Sport Centre with the quarter-finals on Friday’s schedule.

The remaining contenders have won four matches to reach this stage, but another three victories are required to claim the lucrative top prize.

Results over the next few days will prove to be important on both the one-year and two-year ranking lists.

The top 12 players on the one-year rankings after this week will qualify for the upcoming Tour Championship.

For those who won’t feature in Manchester, the World Open will additionally represent the last ranking event on this season’s schedule before the seeding cut-off for the World Championship.

Judd Trump vs Kyren Wilson

Friday, 6:30am UTC

Judd Trump had to wait almost five years to defend his World Open title, and he is on course to extend his reign in Yushan.

The world number two, already a four-time champion in ranking events this term, emerged from a hard-fought battle with David Lilley on Thursday to reach the last eight, where he’ll face Kyren Wilson.

It has been a disappointing campaign for the latter, who needs to win the title on Sunday to make the Tour Championship.

Trump and Wilson have shared a mini rivalry over the years, and their most recent battle was a close one – a 6-5 thriller that Trump won at the Masters in January.

Jackson Page vs Elliot Slessor

Friday, 6:30am UTC

The fixture between Jackson Page and Elliot Slessor represents the only World Open quarter-finals tie on Friday’s schedule that doesn’t boast two proven ranking winners.

Both players have a great opportunity to make a rare appearance at the last four in a competition of this status.

Page was excellent during his 5-2 triumph over Mark Selby in the fourth round, scoring three tons in the opening four frames and securing a big result that eases his tour survival concerns.

Slessor, meanwhile, beat Daniel Wells by the same scoreline to similarly maintain his aspirations of landing a maiden ranking crown.

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Hossein Vafaei vs Ding Junhui

Friday, 11:30am UTC

A dramatic finale to his last-16 match saw Hossein Vafaei edge Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-4 on the final black.

The Iranian moves to within one win of a potential Tour Championship spot, but he must next overcome China’s home favourite Ding Junhui.

Ding has been scoring heavily in this tournament and at times was in full flow during his 5-3 defeat of Shaun Murphy in the last round.

Vafaei beat Ding at last year’s World Championship and possesses a 2-1 superior head-to-head record overall.

Neil Robertson vs Barry Hawkins

Friday, 11:30am UTC

Considering the struggles he has endured over the last couple of years, it would be quite remarkable if Neil Robertson were to win this tournament.

Success on Sunday would see him seal an unlikely spot at the Tour Championship and also reclaim his place among the world’s top 16 in time for automatic qualification for the Crucible.

The Australian has been scoring well but faces his sternest test yet in the form of Barry Hawkins.

The Hawk thrashed Stephen Maguire 5-1 on Thursday and comfortably beat Robertson at the Masters a couple of months ago.

World Open Draw and Results

Round of 128 (bo9)

Judd Trump 5-2 Rory Thor
Sanderson Lam 5-4 Gong Chenzhi
David Gilbert 5-0 Anton Kazakov
Fan Zhengyi 5-2 Dylan Emery
Lukas Kleckers 5-2 Jack Lisowski
Dominic Dale 5-3 Marco Fu
Stuart Carrington 5-4 Gary Wilson
David Lilley 5-3 Scott Donaldson

Jak Jones 5-3 Ryan Thomerson
Ashley Hugill 5-1 Anthony McGill
David Grace 5-2 Rebecca Kenna
Kyren Wilson 5-0 Jimmy White
Jamie Jones 5-0 Rod Lawler
Ricky Walden 5-0 Peng Yisong
Ben Woollaston 5-4 Ben Mertens
Iulian Boiko 5-1 Baipat Siripaporn

Mark Selby 5-3 Xing Zihao
Adam Duffy 5-4 Mark Davis
Si Jiahui 5-1 Stan Moody
Long Zehuang 5-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
John Higgins 5-1 Ross Muir
Jackson Page 5-3 Liam Graham
Zhou Yuelong 5-1 Jiang Jun
Wu Yize 5-2 Julien Leclercq

Matthew Stevens 5-3 Hammad Miah
Ryan Day 5-4 Andrew Higginson
Elliot Slessor 5-2 Reanne Evans
Zhang Anda 5-3 Allan Taylor
He Guoqiang 5-2 Jimmy Robertson
Matthew Selt 4-5 Wang Xinbo
Daniel Wells 5-1 Liam Highfield
Mark Allen 5-1 Andres Petrov

Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-3 Alfie Burden
Michael White 5-2 Haydon Pinhey
Lyu Haotian 5-2 Ashley Carty
Aaron Hill 5-4 Joe O’Connor
Robert Milkins 5-2 Barry Pinches
Sam Craigie 5-0 Ken Doherty
Hossein Vafaei 5-2 Liam Pullen
Graeme Dott 5-2 Ian Burns

Cao Yupeng 5-0 Rory McLeod
Noppon Saengkham 5-4 Himanshu Jain
Liu Hongyu 5-1 Jamie Clarke
Ding Junhui 5-3 Zak Surety
Sean O’Sullivan 5-1 Xiao Guodong
Joe Perry 5-4 Martin O’Donnell
Xu Si 5-0 Andrew Pagett
Shaun Murphy 5-0 Mohamed Ibrahim

Neil Robertson 5-0 Victor Sarkis
Tian Pengfei 5-1 Mink Nutcharut
Ishpreet Singh Chadha 5-3 Stuart Bingham
Yuan Sijun 5-3 Alexander Ursenbacher
Ali Carter 5-1 Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Louis Heatchote 5-0 Oliver Lines
Chris Wakelin 5-2 Andy Hicks
Jordan Brown 5-1 Lan Yuhao

Robbie Williams 5-3 Andy Lee
Tom Ford 5-2 Ma Hailong
Jenson Kendrick 5-3 Anthony Hamilton
Barry Hawkins 5-3 Steven Hallworth
Stephen Maguire 5-1 Mostafa Dorgham
Pang Junxu 5-2 James Cahill
Oliver Brown 5-4 Mark Joyce
Luca Brecel 5-1 Manasawin Phetmalaikul

Round of 64 (bo9)

Judd Trump 5-2 Sanderson Lam
Fan Zhengyi w/o David Gilbert
Lukas Kleckers 4-5 Dominic Dale
Stuart Carrington 4-5 David Lilley
Jak Jones 0-5 Ashley Hugill
David Grace 4-5 Kyren Wilson
Jamie Jones 4-5 Ricky Walden
Ben Woollaston w/o Iulian Boiko

Mark Selby w/o Adam Duffy
Si Jiahui 2-5 Long Zehuang
John Higgins 3-5 Jackson Page
Zhou Yuelong 1-5 Wu Yize
Matthew Stevens 5-2 Ryan Day
Elliot Slessor 5-3 Zhang Anda
He Guoqiang 5-4 Wang Xinbo
Daniel Wells 5-3 Mark Allen

Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-3 Michael White
Lyu Haotian 5-4 Aaron Hill
Robert Milkins w/o Sam Craigie
Hossein Vafaei 5-1 Graeme Dott
Cao Yupeng 5-3 Noppon Saengkham
Liu Hongyu 2-5 Ding Junhui
Sean O’Sullivan 1-5 Joe Perry
Xu Si 3-5 Shaun Murphy

Neil Robertson 5-3 Tian Pengfei
Ishpreet Singh Chadha 3-5 Yuan Sijun
Ali Carter 5-3 Louis Heathcote
Chris Wakelin 5-4 Jordan Brown
Robbie Williams 5-4 Tom Ford
Jenson Kendrick 2-5 Barry Hawkins
Stephen Maguire 5-3 Pang Junxu
Oliver Brown 2-5 Luca Brecel

Round of 32 (bo9)

Judd Trump 5-3 Fan Zhengyi
Dominic Dale 2-5 David Lilley
Ashley Hugill 3-5 Kyren Wilson
Ricky Walden 4-5 Ben Woollaston

Mark Selby 5-2 Long Zehuang
Jackson Page 5-3 Wu Yize
Matthew Stevens 1-5 Elliot Slessor
He Guoqiang 3-5 Daniel Wells

Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-2 Lyu Haotian
Robert Milkins 2-5 Hossein Vafaei
Cao Yupeng 1-5 Ding Junhui
Joe Perry 3-5 Shaun Murphy

Neil Robertson 5-2 Yuan Sijun
Ali Carter 1-5 Chris Wakelin
Robbie Williams 2-5 Barry Hawkins
Stephen Maguire 5-1 Luca Brecel

Round of 16 (bo9)

Judd Trump 5-3 David Lilley
Kyren Wilson 5-4 Ben Woollaston

Mark Selby 2-5 Jackson Page
Elliot Slessor 5-2 Daniel Wells

Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-5 Hossein Vafaei
Ding Junhui 5-3 Shaun Murphy

Neil Robertson 5-1 Chris Wakelin
Barry Hawkins 5-1 Stephen Maguire

Quarter-Finals (bo9)

Judd Trump 5-2 Kyren Wilson
Jackson Page 5-2 Elliot Slessor

Hossein Vafaei 0-5 Ding Junhui
Neil Robertson 5-2 Barry Hawkins

Semi-Finals (bo11)

Judd Trump 6-2 Jackson Page
Ding Junhui 6-5 Neil Robertson

Final (bo19)

Judd Trump 10-4 Ding Junhui

Featured photo credit: WST


  1. It’s been a fine event. I have left Yushan now – I took a HS train to Shanghai, where I have some work colleagues. There are some very interesting players remaining, not least Ding and Robertson who have had their struggles, and Jackson Page, making a long-awaited breakthrough.

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