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2013 Wuxi Classic

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]

Sports Lottery Cup Wuxi Classic
Tournament information
Dates17–23 June 2013
VenueWuxi City Sports Park Stadium
CityWuxi
CountryChina
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£470,000
Winner's share£80,000
Highest break138 (x2)
Final
ChampionAustralia Neil Robertson
Runner-upScotland John Higgins
Score10–7
2012
2014

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] 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.[8][9]

Ricky Walden was the defending champion,[10][11] but he lost 2–5 against Jimmy White in the last 64.[9][12]

Neil Robertson won his eighth ranking title by defeating John Higgins 10–7 in the final.[13][14] 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.[15]

Prize fundEdit

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.[16] The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[17]

Wildcard roundEdit

These matches were played in Wuxi on 17 June 2013.[18][19][20][21][22]

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

Main drawEdit

[19][20][21][22]

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

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Michaela Tabb.
Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium, Wuxi, China, 23 June 2013.[22][23]
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

QualifyingEdit

These matches were held between 27 and 29 May 2013 at The Capital Venue in Gloucester, England. All matches were best of 9 frames.[24][25][26][27]

Century breaksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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