2020 Welsh Open (snooker)

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Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates10–16 February 2020
VenueMotorpoint Arena
CityCardiff
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£405,000
Winner's share£70,000
Highest breakEngland Kyren Wilson (147)
Final
ChampionEngland Shaun Murphy
Runner-upEngland Kyren Wilson
Score9–1
2019

The 2020 Welsh Open (also known as the ManBetX Welsh Open due to sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament which took place from 10 to 16 February 2020 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.[1] It was the 12th ranking event of the 2019–20 snooker season, and the final event of the season's Home Nations Series. It was the 29th edition of the Welsh Open, first held in 1992.

Neil Robertson was the defending champion, having beaten Stuart Bingham 9–7 in the 2019 final, but he lost in the quarter-finals to Kyren Wilson.[2]

The quarter-finals stage featured one the strongest fields ever for a Home Nations event, with 6 of the 8 players being ranked inside the top eight in the world.[3]

Shaun Murphy won the event, with a 9–1 win over Kyren Wilson in the final.[4][5]

There were a total of 77 century breaks at the event. Wilson made the highest, a maximum - the second of his career - in the first frame of his first-round match with Jackson Page.

Prize fund[edit]

The event's total prize fund is £405,000, with the winner receiving £70,000. The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[6]

  • Winner: £70,000
  • Runner-up: £30,000
  • Semi-final: £20,000
  • Quarter-final: £10,000
  • Last 16: £7,500
  • Last 32: £4,000
  • Last 64: £3,000
  • Highest break: £5,000
  • Total: £405,000

Main draw[edit]

Top half[edit]

Section 1[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Neil Robertson (AUS) (1)4
 
 
 
 Jamie Clarke (WAL)2
 
Australia Neil Robertson (1)4
 
 
 
England Mark Joyce2
 
 Fergal O'Brien (IRL)3
 
 
 
 Mark Joyce (ENG)4
 
Australia Neil Robertson (1)4
 
 
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham (32)3
 
 Noppon Saengkham (THA) (32)4
 
 
 
 Alan McManus (SCO)3
 
Thailand Noppon Saengkham (32)4
 
 
 
Switzerland Alexander Ursenbacher1
 
 Hammad Miah (ENG)2
 
 
 
 Alexander Ursenbacher (SUI)4
 
Australia Neil Robertson (1)4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene0
 
 Ali Carter (ENG) (16)4
 
 
 
 Adam Stefanow (POL)2
 
England Ali Carter (16)0
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene4
 
 Gerard Greene (NIR)4
 
 
 
 Liang Wenbo (CHN)2
 
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene4
 
 
 
Wales Daniel Wells2
 
 Joe Perry (ENG) (17)3
 
 
 
 Ashley Carty (ENG)4
 
England Ashley Carty2
 
 
 
Wales Daniel Wells4
 
 Daniel Wells (WAL)4
 
 
 Barry Pinches (ENG)2
 

Section 2[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Yuan Sijun (CHN)4
 
 
 
 Thor Chuan Leong (MYS)0
 
China Yuan Sijun2
 
 
 
England Jimmy Robertson (24)4
 
 Jimmy Robertson (ENG) (24)4
 
 
 
 Riley Parsons (ENG)0
 
England Jimmy Robertson (24)1
 
 
 
China Ding Junhui (9)4
 
 Nigel Bond (ENG)0
 
 
 
 Ricky Walden (ENG)4
 
England Ricky Walden1
 
 
 
China Ding Junhui (9)4
 
 Ding Junhui (CHN) (9)4
 
 
 
 Marco Fu (HKG)2
 
China Ding Junhui (9)2
 
 
 
England Kyren Wilson (8)4
 
 Martin O'Donnell (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Andy Hicks (ENG)0
 
England Martin O'Donnell4
 
 
 
England Tom Ford (25)0
 
 Tom Ford (ENG) (25)4
 
 
 
 Xu Si (CHN)3
 
England Martin O'Donnell0
 
 
 
England Kyren Wilson (8)4
 
 Zhang Anda (CHN)3
 
 
 
 Liam Highfield (ENG)4
 
England Liam Highfield2
 
 
 
England Kyren Wilson (8)4
 
 Kyren Wilson (ENG) (8)4
 
 
 Jackson Page (WAL)3
 

Section 3[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Mark Selby (ENG) (5)4
 
 
 
 David Grace (ENG)2
 
England Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
China Chen Zifan1
 
 Kurt Maflin (NOR)3
 
 
 
 Chen Zifan (CHN)4
 
England Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
Hong Kong Andy Lee2
 
 Matthew Selt (ENG) (28)2
 
 
 
 Andy Lee (HKG)4
 
Hong Kong Andy Lee4
 
 
 
England Robbie Williams3
 
 Robbie Williams (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Chris Wakelin (ENG)1
 
England Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
China Zhao Xintong3
 
 David Gilbert (ENG) (12)2
 
 
 
 Matthew Stevens (WAL)4
 
Wales Matthew Stevens4
 
 
 
England Brandon Sargeant0
 
 Brandon Sargeant (ENG)w/o
 
 
 
 Peter Ebdon (ENG)w/d
 
Wales Matthew Stevens1
 
 
 
China Zhao Xintong4
 
 Graeme Dott (SCO) (21)0
 
 
 
 Zhao Xintong (CHN)4
 
China Zhao Xintong4
 
 
 
England Louis Heathcote2
 
 Lu Ning (CHN)3
 
 
 Louis Heathcote (ENG)4
 

Section 4[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Si Jiahui (CHN)4
 
 
 
 Lei Peifan (CHN)1
 
China Si Jiahui2
 
 
 
Iran Soheil Vahedi4
 
 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA) (20)2
 
 
 
 Soheil Vahedi (IRN)4
 
Iran Soheil Vahedi4
 
 
 
England Jack Lisowski (13)0
 
 Lee Walker (WAL)2
 
 
 
 John Astley (ENG)4
 
England John Astley3
 
 
 
England Jack Lisowski (13)4
 
 Jack Lisowski (ENG) (13)4
 
 
 
 Li Hang (CHN)2
 
Iran Soheil Vahedi0
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)4
 
 Anthony Hamilton (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Michael White (WAL)3
 
England Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
 
China Lyu Haotian (29)3
 
 Lyu Haotian (CHN) (29)4
 
 
 
 Kishan Hirani (WAL)0
 
England Anthony Hamilton2
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)4
 
 Stuart Carrington (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Mike Dunn (ENG)3
 
England Stuart Carrington2
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)4
 
 Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (4)4
 
 
 Zhang Jiankang (CHN)1
 

Bottom half[edit]

Section 5[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Mark Williams (WAL) (3)4
 
 
 
 Oliver Lines (ENG)1
 
Wales Mark Williams (3)4
 
 
 
Northern Ireland Jordan Brown2
 
 Jordan Brown (NIR)4
 
 
 
 Alex Borg (MLT)1
 
Wales Mark Williams (3)1
 
 
 
Scotland Anthony McGill (30)4
 
 Anthony McGill (SCO) (30)4
 
 
 
 Duane Jones (WAL)1
 
Scotland Anthony McGill (30)4
 
 
 
China Mei Xiwen1
 
 Mei Xiwen (CHN)4
 
 
 
 Michael Georgiou (CYP)2
 
Scotland Anthony McGill (30)3
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao (19)4
 
 Stuart Bingham (ENG) (14)4
 
 
 
 Martin Gould (ENG)2
 
England Stuart Bingham (14)4
 
 
 
China Chen Feilong1
 
 Chen Feilong (CHN)4
 
 
 
 Sam Baird (ENG)3
 
England Stuart Bingham (14)3
 
 
 
China Yan Bingtao (19)4
 
 Yan Bingtao (CHN) (19)4
 
 
 
 Michael Holt (ENG)0
 
China Yan Bingtao (19)4
 
 
 
England Mitchell Mann0
 
 Mitchell Mann (ENG)4
 
 
 Bai Langning (CHN)1
 

Section 6[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Luca Brecel (BEL)4
 
 
 
 Kacper Filipiak (POL)1
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
Scotland Scott Donaldson (22)2
 
 Scott Donaldson (SCO) (22)4
 
 
 
 Sunny Akani (THA)1
 
Belgium Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
China Tian Pengfei3
 
 Tian Pengfei (CHN)4
 
 
 
 Jamie O'Neill (ENG)2
 
China Tian Pengfei4
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins (11)0
 
 Barry Hawkins (ENG) (11)4
 
 
 
 Sam Craigie (ENG)2
 
Belgium Luca Brecel3
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins (6)4
 
 Peter Lines (ENG)1
 
 
 
 Fan Zhengyi (CHN)4
 
China Fan Zhengyi0
 
 
 
China Xiao Guodong (27)4
 
 Xiao Guodong (CHN) (27)4
 
 
 
 Fraser Patrick (SCO)1
 
China Xiao Guodong (27)2
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins (6)4
 
 Mark King (ENG)1
 
 
 
 Ken Doherty (IRL)4
 
Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty1
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins (6)4
 
 John Higgins (SCO) (6)4
 
 
 Joe O'Connor (ENG)1
 

Section 7[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Mark Allen (NIR) (7)4
 
 
 
 Andrew Higginson (ENG)1
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen (7)4
 
 
 
Thailand James Wattana0
 
 James Wattana (THA)4
 
 
 
 Jimmy White (ENG)2
 
Northern Ireland Mark Allen (7)2
 
 
 
Wales Dominic Dale4
 
 Ryan Day (WAL) (26)1
 
 
 
 Simon Lichtenberg (GER)4
 
Germany Simon Lichtenberg2
 
 
 
Wales Dominic Dale4
 
 David Lilley (ENG)0
 
 
 
 Dominic Dale (WAL)4
 
Wales Dominic Dale1
 
 
 
England Shaun Murphy (10)4
 
 Shaun Murphy (ENG) (10)4
 
 
 
 Darren Morgan (WAL)0
 
England Shaun Murphy (10)4
 
 
 
England Alfie Burden3
 
 Alfie Burden (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Amine Amiri (MAR)0
 
England Shaun Murphy (10)4
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston1
 
 Zhou Yuelong (CHN) (23)1
 
 
 
 Elliot Slessor (ENG)4
 
England Elliot Slessor2
 
 
 
England Ben Woollaston4
 
 Eden Sharav (ISR)1
 
 
 Ben Woollaston (ENG)4
 

Section 8[edit]

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Jak Jones (WAL)0
 
 
 
 Robert Milkins (ENG)4
 
England Robert Milkins4
 
 
 
England Gary Wilson (18)1
 
 Gary Wilson (ENG) (18)4
 
 
 
 Chang Bingyu (CHN)1
 
England Robert Milkins3
 
 
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire (15)4
 
 Ian Burns (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Harvey Chandler (ENG)1
 
England Ian Burns3
 
 
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire (15)4
 
 Stephen Maguire (SCO) (15)4
 
 
 
 Rod Lawler (ENG)2
 
Scotland Stephen Maguire (15)1
 
 
 
England Judd Trump (2)4
 
 Hossein Vafaei (IRN)1
 
 
 
 Igor Figueiredo (BRA)4
 
Brazil Igor Figueiredo4
 
 
 
England Mark Davis (31)3
 
 Mark Davis (ENG) (31)4
 
 
 
 Luo Honghao (CHN)1
 
Brazil Igor Figueiredo1
 
 
 
England Judd Trump (2)4
 
 Craig Steadman (ENG)2
 
 
 
 Billy Joe Castle (ENG)4
 
England Billy Joe Castle0
 
 
 
England Judd Trump (2)4
 
 Judd Trump (ENG) (2)4
 
 
 James Cahill (ENG)1
 

Finals[edit]

 
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
          
 
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson (1)0
 
 
 
England Kyren Wilson (8)5
 
England Kyren Wilson (8)6
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)5
 
England Mark Selby (5)1
 
 
 
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)5
 
England Kyren Wilson (8)1
 
 
 
England Shaun Murphy (10)9
 
China Yan Bingtao (19)5
 
 
 
Scotland John Higgins (6)2
 
China Yan Bingtao (19)5
 
 
 
England Shaun Murphy (10)6
 
England Shaun Murphy (10)5
 
 
England Judd Trump (2)3
 

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: England Colin Humphries.
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 16 February 2020.
Kyren Wilson (8)
 England
1–9 Shaun Murphy (10)
 England
Afternoon: 8–108 (108), 4–97 (84), 52–68 (Wilson 52), 45–89, 64–66 (Wilson 64), 0–78 (76), 74–31, 0–134 (134)
Evening: 0–102 (102), 56–73 (5673)
64 Highest break 134
0 Century breaks 3
3 50+ breaks 6

Qualifying[edit]

A qualifying match was played between two of the local wildcards on 10 February.[7]

 Gavin Lewis (WAL) 0–4  Darren Morgan (WAL)

Century breaks[edit]

Total: 77[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019/2020 Calendar_February". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Welsh Open: Neil Robertson beats Stuart Bingham in final". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Welsh Open 2020 – Quarter Finals Preview 2". snookerhq.com. 10–16 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Welsh Open: Shaun Murphy wins Welsh Open with 9-1 win over Kyren Wilson". BBC Sport. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Shaun Murphy Seals Welsh Open Title". Snookerhq.com. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Welsh Open 2020". snooker.org. 10 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Welsh Open 2020 – Draw and Format 2". wst.tv. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 10–16 February 2020.
  8. ^ "19.com Welsh Open 2020 – Centuries". wst.tv. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 10–16 February 2020.