2023 Welsh Open Qualifiers and other Snooker News

The 2023 Welsh Open Qualifiers were played in Barnsley earlier this week and you will find all the detailed results on snooker.org.

Here are some outcomes that attracted my attention:

  • Both Jimmy White and Ken Doherty booked their place in the main event draw. Jimmy whitewashed Craig Steadman and Ken beat Thepchaiya Un-nooh in a decider. Those two definitely deserve to be allowed to continue to play consireing what they brougth to the sport and how hard they still try.
  • The two young Belgians also qualified, both with 4-0 victories. Julien Leclercq beat Duane Jones and Ben Mertens bear Barry Pinches. Barry was full of praise for Ben on social media after the match: Ben, he said, is a very talented young player with impeccable manners around the table.
  • Of the 11 Chinese players involved, 7 booked their place in the main draw, including Ding, and of the 4 who lost, 2 lost to fellow citizens. That’s a very high success rate and anyone doubting that the biggest reservoir of young snooker talents is in China is in denial. And it’s only to be expected given how much China invests in snooker: it’s taught in schools, they have plenty of academies and a national tour big enough for players to make a living out of it.
  • There are always surprising results in qualifiers. Here are those that caught my eyes: Rod Lawler beat Jamie Jones, Mohamed Ibrahim from Pakistan beat Jimmy Robertson and Tom Ford lost to Aaron Hill on the “3 miss rule”. I have no doubts that if Tom was Chinese the usual “brigade” would be up in arms,

Ronnie confirmed that he definitely intends to play in the 2023 6-reds World Championship

The (or one of the) 2023 European Masters is planned to be played in Nuremberg, Germany, end August:

3 thoughts on “2023 Welsh Open Qualifiers and other Snooker News

  1. The EM to be played in Nuremberg was actually annlunced several months ago by now, not long after the latest one if I remember correctly . For those who don’t know: Nuremerg is just one or two metro stations away from Furth.

  2. 53 China Zhao Xintong [10] v China Tian Pengfei [50]???????funny here.
    (Martin O’Donnell did not participate in the tournament except Q-Tour this year.
    maybe still have his own jobs/contracts or…… final moment in the stock – but not likely?)

    34 China Si Jiahui [81] 4 – 0 China Xiao Guodong [32]
    46 China Wu Yize [63] 4 – 0 China Zhou Yuelong [27]
    (quite surprised being whitewashed but those two lost 2 frames with 0…)

    Ding did make a big impact… considering the big difficulty entering a decent university back then…
    Parents thought their kids can earn the same like Ding did.

    but not now anymore, considering the depreciation and availability of tertiary education(if the kid does not qualify in exams in China, they can consider learning English – for studying aboard with a lower price than 100,000 pounds- expected cost of total snooker training cost.)

    • Yes I noticed Zhao Xintong in the draw and I’m not sure what to make of it. Without seeing the matches, it’s hard to know what happened. What I do know though is that Wu Yize is very, very good when on form.

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