Tag: Michael Holt

Ding on Course to Conquer Yixing

The first event of the 2014/15 campaign is reaching its conclusion with the large field in the Yixing Open whittled down to the final four. The Asian Tour tournament in China kicks off what is sure to be another frantic and frenetic season on the baize. Of course, we have[Read More…]

Walden Winds Down Wilson’s Challenge

Ricky Walden narrowly avoided becoming another early seeded casualty after coming through a tough battle with debutant Kyren Wilson 10-7. The Chester cueist, semi-finalist at the Crucible in 2013, appeared to be cruising to a relatively comfortable victory when he led 22 year-old 8-5. However, Wilson fought back gallantly to[Read More…]

Doherty Returns to the Crucible

Ken Doherty has qualified for the World Championship for the first time in two years after beating Dechawat Poomjaeng 10-5 in the final qualifying round in Sheffield. The Irishman put the disappointment of failing to reach the Crucible last season, as well as what has transpired to be a disastrous[Read More…]

Ju Reti for Chinese Domination?

China’s Ju Reti has become the first amateur player to win a Players Tour Championship event. A couple of players have come close before, notably Joe Swail when he reached the final of a European event in Gloucester last year, but Ju broke new ground by overcoming in-form Michael Holt[Read More…]

Final Four in Zhangjiagang

The second Asian Tour event of the season has been taking place this week with four players battling out for the spoils today in Zhangjiagang. Two professionals and a pair of amateurs make up the semi-finalists – three of them Chinese, hoping to collect some silverware on home soil. The[Read More…]

All-Chinese Affair in Shanghai

There’ll be an all-Chinese final in a ranking event for the first time after Ding Junhui and Xiao Guodong won their semi-finals at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday. Both players were made to work hard for their victories despite the seemingly one-sided look of both scorelines. Xiao overcame England’s Michael[Read More…]

Shanghai Masters Quarter-Final Preview

The quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters take place on Friday with markedly different halves of the draw in China. While the bottom section is dominated by established stars of the sport, the top half is a mixture of new blood and season campaigners who perhaps have never fully reached their[Read More…]