The qualifying round for the 2019 China Open were played over the last three days. Mark Selby is the defending Champion, as such he has his last 128 match held-over as do the World Champion Mark Williams, and China n°1, Ding Junhui.
Ronnie didn’t enter, and he’s the only top player who opted out. But it’s no real surprise.
Most of the top seeds will make the trip to Beijing. The only top 16 player who lost his first round match is Shaun Murphy, beaten 6-4 by Adam Stefanow. Shaun is really going through a very bad spell. Other surprising results include a whitewash of Martin Gould by Rod Lawler of all players, as well as defeats for Jimmy Robertson, Tom Ford, Matthew Stevens and Michael White. The latter is also having a nightmare season.
Those were the two most remarkable moments of these three days:
a serious candidate for “fluke of the year”
Hossein Vafaei 146
Today, the Shoot-out starts and although Ronnie isn’t playing, he will be there, with Andy Goldstein, This is what he tweeted:
Don’t miss out on this weeks shoot out, I’ll be there chatting you through the whole shabang
It’s the first time this event is on Eurosport, and of course it’s part of Ronnie’s job to to promote it.
Ronnie was in Sheffield practising last week. I’m not sure if those videos were recorded then but here he is practising with Igor Figueiredo (published yesterday by Igor on youtube)
He also practised with Adam Stefanow … not sure Shaun Murphy is thrilled!