Baird and Bond Bow to Wildcards

The 2012 Haikou World Open got under way today with the wildcard round on Hainan Island in China. The much criticised supplementary round, used in many of the overseas events to garner interest from both local fans and amateur players alike, was enough for two professional qualifiers to bow out[Read More…]

Snookerbacker Classic Success for O’Donnell

Martin O’Donnell last night claimed the inaugural Snookerbacker Classic with victory over Irishman John Sutton in the final in Gloucester. Both finalists receive a prize of £1,000 entry fee into Q-School next May, which is a series of tournaments that offer amateurs the opportunity to qualify as a professional for[Read More…]

China Syndrome

The Chinese contingent suffered a horrible day in the final qualifying round for their flagship event, the China Open, yesterday as all four remaining players were dumped out in Sheffield. Irishman Fergal O’Brien edged Li Yan 5-4 to make it back-to-back successes in the qualifying cubicles having recently reached the[Read More…]

Chinese Eye Home Event

Five Chinese players made it through the second round of qualifying on Wednesday for their home event, the China Open. Of course, there will soon be five “home” events for China’s finest but that doesn’t make it any less special or important for them to make their mark in front[Read More…]

Determined Ding Wins in Wales

Ding Junhui won the 2012 Welsh Open after a high quality final with world number one Mark Selby ended 9-6 in Newport. In an absorbing contest, the Chinese Sensation always looked to be in control after edging the opening session 5-3. That said, it could have been very different had[Read More…]

O’Sullivan Overcomes Trump

Ronnie O’Sullivan gained revenge on Judd Trump for a series of recent defeats with a confident 5-3 victory in the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open in Newport. In a typical master versus pupil scenario, the latter seemed to have carried on from where he left off in the duo’s three[Read More…]

O’Sullivan and Trump to Battle Again

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump will meet for the fourth time in as many months after coming through their respective second round matches in the Welsh Open 4-1. A clash of eras, the O’Sullivan-Trump rivalry is quickly becoming one of the biggest and most exciting in recent memory. The younger[Read More…]

Ding Denies Higgins

Ding Junhui sent defending champion John Higgins crashing out of the Welsh Open after a topsy-turvy second round tie in Newport. Both in need of a decent run in a tournament following equally mediocre campaigns by their own very high standards, Ding raced into a 2-0 lead and looked to[Read More…]

Hendry Beats Robertson

Stephen Hendry outplayed Neil Robertson in the first round of the Welsh Open to claim his first win over a top ranked player in a ranking event for quite some time. Evidently not content at seeing his fellow veteran Steve Davis receiving all the plaudits for his victory over Ali[Read More…]

World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the UK Championship – won by Zhao Xintong.

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

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