Riga Masters 2018 and World Open 2018 draw and qualifiers format

Worldsnooker has published today the draw, and the format of the qualifiers, for the Riga Masters 2018 and World Open 2018.

The draw and format for the qualifying rounds of the first two ranking events of the 2018/19 season – the Kaspersky Riga Masters and World Open – are now available.

Click here for the Riga draw

Click here for the World Open draw

Click here for the format

The qualifiers run from July 2 to 9 at the Guild Hall in Preston. Tickets are available for just £5 , for details click here

Ronnie hasn’t entered either and that won’t surprise anybody: he’s rarely played before end August – early September over the last years. Therefore I don’t expect him to play until the China Championship qualifiers that will take place in August. Only my opinion mind, I might be proven completely wrong !

A lot of other top players gave the Riga Masters a miss, including Mark Selby, Ding Junhui, John Higgins and Judd Trump. The prize money isn’t great TBH. John Higgins also decided to skip the World Open.

I’m a bit surprised that the draw is out so early though, nearly 4 weeks before the qualifiers start.

One thought on “Riga Masters 2018 and World Open 2018 draw and qualifiers format

  1. Yes it is early! Perhaps this is an ironic response to those players who were always complaining that the draws were made too late! I’ll probably be in Preston for some of the matches, but I will miss some of the new players I’d like to see, such as Fan Zhengyi.

    After the brutality of last season, I expect many players to be very careful with their scheduling this season. I notice that some players have not enterered, while some have, who didn’t last year. For example, Liang Wenbo’s season never really got started, so it appears he’s trying a different approach this time, Surprisingly, Marco Fu has entered both upcoming events. But both of them are in need of ranking points to try and regain their top-16 spot.

    Because of this, as well as two suspended players, I’d expect quite a lot of Q-School OM players to appear in the main draws.

    Ronnie did play in the Hong Kong Masters and Camsung Challenge in Shenzhen last year, but these were technically exhibition-style events. It will be very interesting, given his results last year, and his comments, how he decides to plan this season. He was very successful of course, but seemed apprehensive about the ‘marathon’ World Championship.

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