2013 Wuxi Classic

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Sports Lottery Cup Wuxi Classic
Tournament information
Dates 17–23 June 2013
Venue Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium
City Wuxi
Country China
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £470,000
Winner's share £80,000
Highest break 138 (x2)
Final
Champion Australia Neil Robertson
Runner-up Scotland John Higgins
Score 10–7
2012
2014

The 2013 Sports Lottery Cup Wuxi Classic was a professional ranking snooker tournament held between 17–23 June 2013 at the Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium in Wuxi, China. It was the first ranking event of the 2013/2014 season.[1]

The tournament was the first to use the new format, similar to the one used in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events, where every player, including members of the top 16, started in the first round.[2] Some of the sport's biggest names did not reach the tournament's final stage. Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrew for personal reasons shortly before his qualifying match against Michael Wasley.[3] World number one Mark Selby lost his qualifying match 3–5 to Andrew Pagett.[4] World number four Shaun Murphy also exited the tournament at the qualifying stage, losing 1–5 to Alex Davies.[5]

Nine-time women's world champion Reanne Evans defeated Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5–4 in her qualifying match to become the first woman ever to reach the final stages of a major professional ranking tournament.[6][7][8] Evans was chosen as one of four players to play against local opponents in the wildcard round, and she lost 2–5 against Chinese teenager Zhu Yinghui.[9][10]

Ricky Walden was the defending champion,[11][12] but he lost 2–5 against Jimmy White in the last 64.[10][13]

Neil Robertson won hist eighth ranking title by defeating John Higgins 10–7 in the final.[14][15] Robertson also made the 98th official maximum break during his qualifying match against Mohamed Khairy. This was Robertson's second 147 break and the first in the 2013/2014 season.[16]

Prize fund[edit]

The total prize money of the event was raised to £470,000 from the previous year's £400,000. This is £45,000 more than what was announced in 2012.[17] The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[18]

Wildcard round[edit]

These matches were played in Wuxi on 17 June 2013.[19][20][21][22][23]

Match Score
WC1 England Jimmy Robertson 5–4 China Zhou Yuelong
WC2 England Reanne Evans 2–5 China Zhu Yinghui
WC3 Australia Vinnie Calabrese 5–4 China Zhao Xintong
WC4 England Adam Duffy 3–5 China Lu Ning

Main draw[edit]

[20][21][22][23]

Last 64
Best of 9 frames
Last 32
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
                                   
England Ricky Walden 2
England Jimmy White 5
England Jimmy White 3
England Robert Milkins 5
England John Astley 0
England Robert Milkins 5
England Robert Milkins 5
Scotland Scott Donaldson 1
Scotland Scott Donaldson 5
England Gareth Green 3
Scotland Scott Donaldson 5
England Jimmy Robertson 4
England Jimmy Robertson 5
Scotland Graeme Dott 0
England Robert Milkins 5
England Anthony Hamilton 3
Wales Mark Williams 5
England Liam Highfield 4
Wales Mark Williams 5
England Jack Lisowski 4
China Tian Pengfei 0
England Jack Lisowski 5
Wales Mark Williams 3
England Anthony Hamilton 5
Wales Ryan Day 2
England Anthony Hamilton 5
England Anthony Hamilton 5
England Stuart Bingham 2
China Yu Delu 2
England Stuart Bingham 5
England Robert Milkins 2
Australia Neil Robertson 6
England Alex Davies 2
England Joel Walker 5
England Joel Walker 2
England Ben Woollaston 5
China Chen Zhe 2
England Ben Woollaston 5
England Ben Woollaston 3
China Cao Yupeng 5
Wales Michael White 3
China Cao Yupeng 5
China Cao Yupeng 5
England Barry Hawkins 4
Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 3
England Barry Hawkins 5
China Cao Yupeng 4
Australia Neil Robertson 5
Hong Kong Marco Fu 5
England Nigel Bond 2
Hong Kong Marco Fu 4
England Mark King 5
England Rory McLeod 3
England Mark King 5
England Mark King 0
Australia Neil Robertson 5
England Martin Gould 5
Norway Kurt Maflin 3
England Martin Gould 2
Australia Neil Robertson 5
China Zhu Yinghui 2
Australia Neil Robertson 5
Australia Neil Robertson 10
Scotland John Higgins 7
Wales Andrew Pagett 2
England David Gilbert 5
England David Gilbert 5
Scotland Alan McManus 2
Scotland Alan McManus 5
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 3
England David Gilbert 2
England Joe Perry 5
England Joe Perry 5
England Jamie Cope 2
England Joe Perry 5
China Ding Junhui 1
Scotland Jamie Burnett 3
China Ding Junhui 5
England Joe Perry 2
Scotland John Higgins 5
Scotland John Higgins 5
Australia Vinnie Calabrese 1
Scotland John Higgins 5
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 1
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 5
Wales Dominic Dale 1
Scotland John Higgins 5
China Xiao Guodong 0
England Peter Ebdon 3
China Xiao Guodong 5
China Xiao Guodong 5
China Li Hang 4
China Li Hang 5
England Judd Trump 2
Scotland John Higgins 6
Wales Matthew Stevens 2
Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
England Peter Lines 5
England Peter Lines 5
England Andrew Higginson 2
England Steve Davis 1
England Andrew Higginson 5
England Peter Lines 3
Wales Matthew Stevens 5
China Liang Wenbo 5
Wales Jamie Jones 4
China Liang Wenbo 3
Wales Matthew Stevens 5
China Lu Ning 1
Wales Matthew Stevens 5
Wales Matthew Stevens 5
Republic of Ireland David Morris 2
England Ali Carter 5
England Alfie Burden 2
England Ali Carter 5
China Lyu Haotian 0
China Lyu Haotian 5
England Craig Steadman 3
England Ali Carter 4
Republic of Ireland David Morris 5
Republic of Ireland David Morris 5
England Gary Wilson 4
Republic of Ireland David Morris 5
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 2
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 5
England Michael Wasley 1

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Michaela Tabb.
Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium, Wuxi, China, 23 June 2013.[23][24]
Neil Robertson
 Australia
10–7 John Higgins
 Scotland
Afternoon: 80–6 (61), 0–78 (78), 31–83 (56), 99–0 (91), 32–78 (70), 1–111 (93), 16–82 (82), 72–0 (52), 118–6 (113)
Evening: 91–0, 106–6 (57), 66–52, 83–0 (59), 1–67 (66), 71–9, 53–66, 97–0 (65)
113 Highest break 93
1 Century breaks 0
7 50+ breaks 6

Qualifying[edit]

These matches were held between 27 and 29 May 2013 at The Capital Venue in Gloucester, England. All matches were best of 9 frames.[25][26][27][28]

Century breaks[edit]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

[29]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

[30]

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