China Open 2018 – Day 5 in Beijing

All the quarter finals were played today in Beijing. Defeats for Jack Lisowski and Tom Ford mean that the top 16 players seeded at the Crucible are now known, although permutations within this group are still possible.

This is how the Crucible draw looks like for now.

Mark Selby (1) / Qualifier
Mark Allen (16) / Qualifier
Kyren Wilson (9) / Qualifier
Barry Hawkins (8) / Qualifier
John Higgins (5) / Qualifier
Stuart Bingham (12) / Qualifier
Luca Brecel (13) / Qualifier
Judd Trump (4) / Qualifier
Ding Junhui (3) / Qualifier
Anthony McGill (14) / Qualifier
Marco Fu (11) / Qualifier
Mark Williams (6) / Qualifier
Shaun Murphy (7) / Qualifier
Neil Robertson (10) / Qualifier
Ali Carter (15) / Qualifier
Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) / Qualifier

The seeding of those marked in blue cannot change anymore.

Mark Selby beat Mark Williams surprisingly easily, by 6-2. Willo made simply too many mistakes, and Selby is clearly finding his form. It was a bit of a disappointment for me because I expected/hoped for a close tense battle and that did not happen.

I saw nothing from the Barry Hawkins v Tom Ford match, but that one was a real battle: from 4-1 down, Tom came back and even got in the lead, 5-4, only to let it slip with Barry taking the last two frames.

I didn’t see anything of the evening matches either, but clearly, Neil Robertson completely outplayed Stuart Bingham, winning by 6-0, with a break over 60 in every frame, including a 143; Stuart scored only 84 points all match.

Jack Lisowski ran to a 4-0 lead over Kyren Wilson, in less than an hour, but the MSI turned the match on its head. Indeed Kyren took the next four frames, with big breaks in each, before Jack temporarily stopped the rot… only to see Kyren take the last two frames, winning by  6-5.

Tomorrow, the semi finals will be best of 19. Neil Robertson will face Barry Hawkins whilst Mark Selby will play Kyren Wilson.

With the top 16 known, Worldsnooker has published the line-up for the World Championship qualifiers, naming the amateurs who will join the field.

The final line-up for the 2018 Betfred World Championship has today been announced by snooker’s world governing body the WPBSA and World Snooker.

Once again, the top 16 players on the world ranking list following the conclusion of the ongoing Fuhua Group China Open will be seeded straight through to the final stages of the tournament at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre which will be played from 21 April – 7 May 2018.

The rest of the field will be made up of 113 main tour players, including Invitational Tour Card holders Ken Doherty and Jimmy White. The only two current professionals not to enter are Boonyarit Keattikun and Kritsanut Lertsattayatthorn of Thailand. The professionals will be joined by 15 amateur players, who have achieved success through the WPBSA qualifying criteria set out below:

  • 3 – WSF Championship 2018 semi-finalists* – Adam Stefanów (POL), Kristjan Helgason (ISL), Kacper Filipiak (POL)
  • 1 – WSF Seniors Championship 2018 winner – Igor Figueiredo (BRA)
  • 1 – WLBS World Women’s Championship 2018 winner – Ng On Yee (HK)
  • 1 – EBSA European Championship 2018 winner – Harvey Chandler (ENG)
  • 1 – EBSA European Championship 2018 runner-up – Jordan Brown (NIR)
  • 1 – EBSA European U-21 Championship 2018 runner-up – Tyler Rees (WAL)
  • 1 – EBSA European U-18 Championship 2018 winner – Jackson Page (WAL)
  • 1 – EBSA Order of Merit 2017/18 – Jamie Cope (ENG)
  • 1 –World Seniors Championship 2018 winner – Aaron Canavan (JEY)
  • 1 – WLBS World Ranking No.2 – Reanne Evans (ENG)
  • 1 – OBSF Oceania Championship 2018 winner – Adrian Ridley (AUS)
  • 2 – WPBSA Development invitations – Ryan Thomerson (AUS), Marvin Lim (SGP)

*WSF Championship winner Luo Honghao could not accept his nomination due to visa issues.

The draw for the qualifiers, which will return to the English Institute for Sport for the first time since 2013 from 11 April, will be made following the China Open. Each of the players competing must win three matches to qualify for the final stages of snooker’s most prestigious tournament.

The draw and format should be available next Monday morning.

The blue “highlight” has been added by me. So, if there was still any doubt, Ronnie has definitely entered the World Championship. And it’s a crying shame that Luo Honghua, who showed how good he is by reaching the last 16 in Beijing this week, can’t be there because, once again, of visa issues!



5 thoughts on “China Open 2018 – Day 5 in Beijing

  1. No Mark, I don’t know. I’m not even sure who you are talking about. There are two girls who go to a lot of snooker, and both like to dye their hair in rather bright colours. One often in red, the other blue or purple. And they usually are sat right in front because one of them is visually impaired. But I don’t suppose they are the ones who have in mind?

  2. Yes the Selby-Allen 2nd Round match will have a big impact on how the tournament unfolds. With the form Ronnie has produced this season, virtually any draw would look good for him. But the Crucible has its own atmosphere, and the 17 days marathon might eventually take its toll, so we can take nothing for granted.

    As for the ‘blue’ comments, once again we see how many obstacles for overseas players to make it in the game. There are many talented players in Thailand, but it’s becoming apparent that apart from Thepchaiya, Noppon and Sunny Akani, being a professional just isn’t viable. Only Dechawat Poomjaeng and Nutcharut Wongharuthai have chosen to enter Q-School.

    It’s also a nuisance that WS have only decided to do the draw on Monday, just 48 hours before the first match. I’ll be in Sheffield sometime during the qualifiers, and would like to plan who to see. It must be very frustrating for the players. They could have done the draw immediately after Jack Lisowski’s loss in Beijing, or maybe even earlier with some minor variations because of the top-16 situation, and at least given everyone a schedule to work to.

    • I will be in Shreffied for the whole of the qualifiers, except on the 12 because I’ll do the pictures at the Seniors Masters. Pls say hi if you feel like it! I’m very recognisable: a not-so-young lady usually in jeans, with white short hair …

      • On a somewhat-related note Monique, do you happen to know who the woman with long red hair (who often wears a bright blue shirt) is that I happen to see in the audience at nearly all of Ronnie’s matches? I don’t have any particular interest in her, but she seems to follow Ronnie just about wherever he goes, so I wondered if she’s some kind of “super fan” or something…

  3. I think it’s fair to say that Mark Selby is quickly becoming the favorite to win the WC, if he wasn’t already. That being said, Selby’s half of the draw definitely looks tougher than Ronnie’s thus far…

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