Catching up with Events.

While I was snapping around in Sheffield, a few things happened on the Main tour.

China Championship 2019 Qualifiers

Those qualifiers were played from August 15 to August 18, 2019. The format being best of nine, there weren’t that many surprises, but Ali Carter, Stuart Bingham, and Gary Wilson failing to qualify was certainly unexpected. There were also uncomfortably close results for Joe Perry, John Higgins and Ryan Day. Most of the experienced Chines players won their match – the notable exception being Liang Wenbo – but the younger ones had a tough time. Luo Honghao though registered a good 5-2 win over Mark Davis. Michael White downwards spiral continues. “Giant killer” James Cahil and highly rated Jackson Page failed to qualify.

Jimmy White, who was competing in the WSS ROKiT Phones.com World Championship during the same period, narrowly lost to Hossein Vafaei.

This is the decider…

2019 China Championship: Jimmy White – Hossein Vafaei (final frame)

Jimmy was unlucky … and bizarrely, when he played his next match at the Crucible, it’s his opponent, Stuart Watson who was unlucky in a very similar way.

Also Barry Hawkins missed the last red when on course for a 147 in his match v Barry Pinches

All results can be found on snooker.org

Mark Selby and Ding Junhui exhibition in Tibet

Last year it was Ding versus John Higgins

This time is was Ding versus Mark Selby. This was played last Saturday, 15 August 2019. That was only possible because both of them have their China Championship 2019 first round match held-over. Mark Selby won 13-9. Ding however did this at 12-8 down:

2019 Tibet Challenge Exhibition (15.08.2019.): Ding Junhui 147 – Mark Selby

2019 Tibet Challenge Exhibition (15.08.2019.): Ding and Selby having fun with the fans

Note that the China Championship is particularly important for Ding. He’s provisionally out of the top 16, and for the first time since I remember, (provisionally) China’s n°2. Yan Bingtao is provisionally China’s n°1, and ranked n°16. 

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  1. Yes although perhaps only temporarily, Yan Bingtao is the new Chinese No.1. In 30 years, there have only been three players ranked number 1 in Asia: James Wattana, Marco Fu and Ding Junhui. All of them are still active, but perhaps only for a short time longer. Marco’s narrow win against James Cahill was his first win for 6 months (albeit after ‘forgetting’ to enter the previous two tournaments). He is the only Cantonese speaker to qualify for Guangzhou, after losses for Xu Si, Zhang Anda and Andy Lee – perhaps once again indicating the extra pressure. Liang Wenbo, although originally from the north, has lived in Guangdong province for many years.

    I also noted that Michael White, blowing a 3-1 lead, is now clearly under enormous pressure.

    There are only 2 wildcard places in the last 128 (the 4 players will face each other to decide them), as 126 of the 127 professionals entered.

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