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2018 International Championship

The 2018 International Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament, taking place from 28 October to 4 November 2018 in Daqing, China.[1] It was the seventh ranking event of the 2018/2019 season.

International Championship
Tournament information
Dates28 October – 4 November 2018
VenueBaihu Media Broadcasting Centre
CityDaqing
CountryChina
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£775,000
Winner's share£175,000
Highest breakNorthern Ireland Mark Allen (146)
Final
ChampionNorthern Ireland Mark Allen
Runner-upAustralia Neil Robertson
Score10–5
2017
2019

Qualifying for the tournament took place between 9–12 October 2018 in Barnsley Metrodome, Barnsley.

Defending champion Mark Selby[2] lost to Neil Robertson 4–6 in the quarter-final, bringing an end to his 2 year reign and an 18 match unbeaten record in the tournament.[3]

Mark Allen won the tournament with record 14 century breaks, beating Robertson 10–5 in the final. It was Allen's fourth ranking title.[4]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5]

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break: £5,000

Main drawEdit

 
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
 
                      
 
 
 
 
  Mark Selby6
 
 
 
  Ken Doherty0
 
  Mark Selby 6
 
 
 
  Robert Milkins4
 
  Robert Milkins6
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham2
 
  Mark Selby6
 
 
 
  Stuart Carrington3
 
  Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
  Ian Burns6
 
  Ian Burns5
 
 
 
  Stuart Carrington6
 
  Anthony McGill4
 
 
 
  Stuart Carrington6
 
  Mark Selby4
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson6
 
  Mark Davis3
 
 
 
  Joe Perry6
 
  Joe Perry5
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson 6
 
  Matthew Selt1
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson6
 
  Neil Robertson6
 
 
 
  Yuan Sijun4
 
  Fan Zhengyi2
 
 
 
  Xiao Guodong6
 
  Xiao Guodong1
 
 
 
  Yuan Sijun6
 
  Yuan Sijun6
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson2
 
  Neil Robertson9
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski7
 
  Barry Hawkins6
 
 
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh2
 
  Barry Hawkins3
 
 
 
  Martin Gould6
 
  Martin Gould6
 
 
 
  Li Hang1
 
  Martin Gould5
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski6
 
  Marco Fu6
 
 
 
  Andrew Higginson5
 
  Marco Fu3
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski6
 
  Jack Lisowski6
 
 
 
  Chris Wakelin1
 
  Jack Lisowski6
 
 
 
  Judd Trump2
 
  Jimmy White0
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao6
 
  Yan Bingtao6
 
 
 
  Ryan Day5
 
  Tian Pengfei3
 
 
 
  Ryan Day6
 
  Yan Bingtao1
 
 
 
  Judd Trump6
 
  Michael Holt6
 
 
 
  Luo Honghao4
 
  Michael Holt1
 
 
 
  Judd Trump6
 
  Alan McManus0
 
 
 
  Judd Trump6
 
  Neil Robertson5
 
 
 
  Mark Allen10
 
  Peter Lines4
 
 
 
  Martin O'Donnell6
 
  Martin O'Donnell6
 
 
 
  Tom Ford0
 
  Tom Ford6
 
 
 
  Jimmy Robertson3
 
  Martin O'Donnell6
 
 
 
  David Gilbert1
 
  Stuart Bingham3
 
 
 
  Eden Sharav6
 
  Eden Sharav5
 
 
 
  David Gilbert6
 
  David Gilbert6
 
 
 
  John Astley2
 
  Martin O'Donnell5
 
 
 
  Matthew Stevens6
 
  Craig Steadman3
 
 
 
  Mark King6
 
  Mark King5
 
 
 
  Matthew Stevens6
 
  Matthew Stevens6
 
 
 
  Jordan Brown4
 
  Matthew Stevens6
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui5
 
  Zhao Xintong6
 
 
 
  James Wattana5
 
  Zhao Xintong4
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui6
 
  Zhang Anda4
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui6
 
  Matthew Stevens6
 
 
 
  Mark Allen9
 
  Sam Baird2
 
 
 
  Alfie Burden6
 
  Alfie Burden6
 
 
 
  David Lilley0
 
  David Lilley6
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston5
 
  Alfie Burden1
 
 
 
  Mark Allen6
 
  Mark Allen6
 
 
 
  Liam Highfield5
 
  Mark Allen6
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei3
 
  Graeme Dott3
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei6
 
  Mark Allen6
 
 
 
  Ali Carter0
 
  Kurt Maflin0
 
 
 
  Ali Carter6
 
  Ali Carter6
 
 
 
  Stephen Maguire4
 
  Michael Georgiou1
 
 
 
  Stephen Maguire6
 
  Ali Carter6
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani4
 
  He Guoqiang1
 
 
 
  Zhou Yuelong 6
 
  Zhou Yuelong4
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani6
 
  Sunny Akani6
 
 
  Mark Williams3
 

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee:   Jan Verhaas.
Baihu Media Broadcasting Centre, Daqing, China, 4 November 2018.
Neil Robertson
  Australia
5–10 Mark Allen
  Northern Ireland
Afternoon: 65–72 (Robertson 65, Allen 72), 101–32 (101), 41–61, 0–108 (108), 56–76, 4–103 (103), 0–119 (119), 35–69, 93–0 (93)
Evening: 84–1 (84), 121–1 (121), 9–74, 19–114 (101), 127–8 (113), 44–85
121 Highest break 119
3 Century breaks 4
6 50+ breaks 5

QualifyingEdit

Matches were played between 9 and 12 October 2018 at the Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England. Matches involving Mark Selby, Noppon Saengkham, Liang Wenbo, Ding Junhui, Ben Woollaston, Liam Highfield, Gary Wilson and Mark Williams, were played in China. All matches best of 11 frames.

  Mark Selby 6–5   Li Yuan
  Ken Doherty 6–4   Chris Totten
  Robert Milkins 6–1   Andy Lee
  Noppon Saengkham 6–4   Chang Bingyu
  Liang Wenbo 6–3   Ashley Hugill
  Peter Ebdon 5–6   Ian Burns
  Anthony McGill 6–5   Xu Si
  Stuart Carrington 6–3   Hammad Miah
  Mark Davis 6–4   Elliot Slessor
  Joe Perry 6–3   Harvey Chandler
  Matthew Selt 6–0   Sean O'Sullivan
  Neil Robertson 6–1   Ross Muir
  Lyu Haotian 5–6   Fan Zhengyi
  Xiao Guodong 6–1   Lukas Kleckers
  Robbie Williams 2–6   Yuan Sijun
  Kyren Wilson 6–4   Nigel Bond
  Barry Hawkins 6–1   Sanderson Lam
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6–5   Mei Xiwen
  Martin Gould 6–1   Zhang Yong
  Li Hang 6–0   Chen Zifan
  Marco Fu 6–2   Simon Lichtenberg
  Andrew Higginson 6–1   Rhys Clark
  Jack Lisowski 6–5   Oliver Lines
  Chris Wakelin 6–3   Thor Chuan Leong
  Fergal O'Brien 5–6   Jimmy White
  Yan Bingtao 6–0   Alexander Ursenbacher
  Mike Dunn 3–6   Tian Pengfei
  Ryan Day 6–2   Lee Walker
  Michael Holt 6–3   Joe O'Connor
  Michael White 1–6   Luo Honghao
  Alan McManus 6–5   Jamie Clarke
  Judd Trump 6−4   Lu Ning
  John Higgins 3–6   Peter Lines
  Martin O'Donnell 6–2   Rod Lawler
  Tom Ford 6–5   Joe Swail
  Jimmy Robertson 6–3   Adam Stefanow
  Stuart Bingham 6–1   Chen Feilong
  Dominic Dale 5–6   Eden Sharav
  David Gilbert 6–5   Sam Craigie
  Scott Donaldson 2–6   John Astley
  Mark Joyce 4–6   Craig Steadman
  Mark King 6–5   Gerard Greene
  Matthew Stevens 6–3   Hamza Akbar
  Luca Brecel 5–6   Jordan Brown
  Jamie Jones[a] w/d–w/o   Zhao Xintong
  Anthony Hamilton 5–6   James Wattana
  Daniel Wells 4–6   Zhang Anda
  Ding Junhui 6–4   Robin Hull
  Shaun Murphy 0–6   Sam Baird
  Rory McLeod 5–6   Alfie Burden
  Ricky Walden 4–6   David Lilley
  Ben Woollaston 6–3   Bai Langning
  Mark Allen 6–0   Paul Davison
  Liam Highfield 6–1   Luo Zetao
  Graeme Dott 6–5   Ashley Carty
  Hossein Vafaei 6–3   Niu Zhuang
  Kurt Maflin 6–0   Jak Jones
  Ali Carter 6–3   Kishan Hirani
  Michael Georgiou 6–3   Billy Joe Castle
  Stephen Maguire 6–0   Duane Jones
  Gary Wilson 1−6   He Guoqiang
  Zhou Yuelong 6–1   Allan Taylor
  Sunny Akani 6–5   Soheil Vahedi
  Mark Williams 6–1   Zhang Jiankang

Century breaksEdit

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

Total: 47

Televised stage centuriesEdit

Total: 107

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Jamie Jones was suspended by the WPBSA due to pending investigations into an alleged breach of betting rules[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018/2019 Calendar_October". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  2. ^ "International Championship: Mark Selby retains title by beating Mark Allen 10-7". BBC Sport. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Robertson Beats Selby In Classic". World Snooker. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Allen Wins Fourth Ranking Title". World Snooker. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Indicative Prize Money Rankings Schedule 2018/2019 Season" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  6. ^ "WPBSA Statement: Jamie Jones". World Snooker. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.