Tomorrow the World Open kicks off in Yushan, China and it’s the fits of the “heavy” price money tournament of the season. Most top players did enter – main exceptions being Ronnie and John Higgins – but Shaun Murphy and Stuart Bingham failed to qualify.
Ding is the defending Champion.
Getting to Yushan is a gruelling trip, it takes between 20 and 30 hours involving planes and cars. Mark Williams posted this picture yesterday … it says it all!
Others will be fresher, having traveled to China about a week ago to take part in the Haining Open, a CBSA pro-am. Mark Selby was the defending Champion and defend he did. Here is the report on Worldsnooker
World number one Selby trailed 3-0 and 4-1 but took the last four frames with a top break of 68. To reach the final at the CBSA Tour event he knocked out Simon Lichtenburg, Paul Davison, Zhang Anda and Gary Wilson and Mark King. He is the first player to win the Haining title twice.
“Li played really well to go 3-0 up,” said Selby. “I’m happy that I managed to fight and come out winning. Snooker can be a cruel game because sometimes the better player doesn’t win. Li was the better player but maybe he felt a bit of pressure towards the end. I had a tough draw so to win the title here again is fantastic.”
He now heads to the nearby Hong Rui Ma Yushan World Open which starts on Monday.
As usual in China, the players , and the referees, were made welcome with a red carpet ceremony. Here are images shared on weibo