China Open (snooker)

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China Open
China Open Snooker Logo.jpg
Tournament information
Venue Beijing University Students' Gymnasium
Location Beijing
Country China
Established 1997
Organisation(s) World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £478,000[1]
Current champion(s) China Ding Junhui

The China Open is a professional snooker tournament. It is one of a number of ranking tournaments and began in 1997. The reigning champion is Ding Junhui.

History[edit]

The first international snooker tournament in China was the China International in September 1997, a non-ranking tournament for the top 16 players and local players. The following season the tournament became ranking and was held in March. Then the name of the event was changed to China Open and was held in December, so there were two events in 1999. After the 2001 tournament the event was abandoned.[2]

The event was revived for the 2004/05 season. Local wild-card players were invited to play against the qualifiers. The three Chinese players on the tour were invited to play as wild-cards, rather than qualify the usual way. Ding Junhui was one of them, and he won the tournament, but as he entered as a wild-card, he didn't get the prize money nor ranking points.[2]

The tournament currently takes place at the Beijing University Students' Gymnasium, Haidian District, Beijing in late March and early April,[2] and it is the last ranking event before the World Championship.

Winners[edit]

[2][3]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
China International (non-ranking)
1997 England Steve Davis England Jimmy White 7–4 1997/98
China International (ranking)
1999 Scotland John Higgins Scotland Billy Snaddon 9–3 1998/99
China Open (ranking)
1999 England Ronnie O'Sullivan England Stephen Lee 9–2 1999/00
2000 England Ronnie O'Sullivan Wales Mark Williams 9–3 2000/01
2002 Wales Mark Williams England Anthony Hamilton 9–8 2001/02
2005 China Ding Junhui Scotland Stephen Hendry 9–5 2004/05
2006 Wales Mark Williams Scotland John Higgins 9–8 2005/06
2007 Scotland Graeme Dott England Jamie Cope 9–5 2006/07
2008 Scotland Stephen Maguire England Shaun Murphy 10–9 2007/08
2009 England Peter Ebdon Scotland John Higgins 10–8 2008/09
2010 Wales Mark Williams China Ding Junhui 10–6 2009/10
2011 England Judd Trump England Mark Selby 10–8 2010/11
2012[4] England Peter Ebdon Scotland Stephen Maguire 10–9 2011/12
2013[5] Australia Neil Robertson England Mark Selby 10–6 2012/13
2014[6] China Ding Junhui Australia Neil Robertson 10–5 2013/14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prize Money Breakdowns 2013/14". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 May 2013. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Turner, Chris. "China International, China Open, Shanghai Masters, Jiangsu/Wuxi Classic". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame". Snooker.org. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "China Open scores and schedule". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bank of Beijing China Open (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "China Open (2014)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 April 2013.