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The 2018 ManBetX Welsh Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament, that took place from 26 February to 4 March 2018 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.[1] It was the sixteenth ranking event of the 2017/2018 season and a part of the Home Nations Series.

Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates26 February – 4 March 2018
VenueMotorpoint Arena
CityCardiff
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£366,000
Winner's share£70,000
Highest breakScotland John Higgins (144)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland Barry Hawkins
Score9–7
2017
2019

The defending champion Stuart Bingham[2] lost 1–4 to Matthew Stevens in the last 32.[3]

John Higgins won a record fifth Welsh Open title and 30th ranking title overall, beating Barry Hawkins 9–7 in the final.[4]

Contents

Prize fundEdit

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

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break stood at £20,000

Main drawEdit

QualifyingEdit

  Darren Morgan 3–4   Rhydian Richards

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Stuart Bingham4
 
 
 
  Chen Zhe1
 
  Stuart Bingham4
 
 
 
  Jackson Page2
 
  Jackson Page4
 
 
 
  Sean O'Sullivan3
 
  Stuart Bingham1
 
 
 
  Matthew Stevens4
 
  Scott Donaldson4
 
 
 
  Fergal O'Brien2
 
  Scott Donaldson2
 
 
 
  Matthew Stevens4
 
  Matthew Stevens4
 
 
 
  Ken Doherty1
 
  Matthew Stevens2
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
  Ryan Day2
 
 
 
  Kurt Dunham4
 
  Kurt Dunham2
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
  Jimmy White3
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
  Yan Bingtao4
 
 
 
  Peter Ebdon1
 
  Wang Yuchen1
 
 
 
  Peter Ebdon4
 
  Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton1
 
  Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
  David Gilbert3
 

Section 2Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Fang Xiongman4
 
 
 
  Yuan Sijun3
 
  Fang Xiongman4
 
 
 
  Chen Zifan2
 
  Chen Zifan4
 
 
 
  Zhou Yuelong1
 
  Fang Xiongman2
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
  Rod Lawler0
 
 
 
  Tom Ford4
 
  Tom Ford0
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
 
 
  Niu Zhuang1
 
  Barry Hawkins4
 
 
 
  Martin Gould2
 
  Li Yuan1
 
 
 
  Ricky Walden4
 
  Ricky Walden3
 
 
 
  Martin Gould4
 
  Michael White2
 
 
 
  Martin Gould4
 
  Martin Gould4
 
 
 
  Mark Williams2
 
  Aditya Mehta4
 
 
 
  Martin O'Donnell3
 
  Aditya Mehta3
 
 
 
  Mark Williams4
 
  Mark Williams4
 
 
  Mark King2
 

Section 3Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui4
 
 
 
  Hammad Miah0
 
  Ding Junhui1
 
 
 
  Liam Highfield4
 
  Li Hangw/d
 
 
 
  Liam Highfieldw/o
 
  Liam Highfield4
 
 
 
  Chris Wakelin1
 
  Xiao Guodong0
 
 
 
  Chris Wakelin4
 
  Chris Wakelin4
 
 
 
  Andrew Higginson2
 
  Andrew Higginson4
 
 
 
  Ashley Hugill3
 
  Liam Highfield3
 
 
 
  Ian Burns4
 
  Neil Robertson4
 
 
 
  Mark Davis1
 
  Neil Robertson3
 
 
 
  Ian Burns4
 
  Jamie Curtis-Barrett1
 
 
 
  Ian Burns4
 
  Ian Burns4
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani2
 
  Jamie Jones4
 
 
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher1
 
  Jamie Jones1
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani4
 
  Tian Pengfei1
 
 
  Sunny Akani4
 

Section 4Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Zhang Yong1
 
 
 
  James Wattana4
 
  James Wattana4
 
 
 
  Michael Holt2
 
  Michael Holt4
 
 
 
  Elliot Slessor2
 
  James Wattana3
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson4
 
  Rory McLeod4
 
 
 
  Adam Duffy2
 
  Rory McLeod0
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson4
 
  Kyren Wilson4
 
 
 
  Robert Milkins1
 
  Kyren Wilson0
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham4
 
  Craig Steadman4
 
 
 
  David John1
 
  Craig Steadman4
 
 
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh2
 
  Hossein Vafaei2
 
 
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh4
 
  Craig Steadman2
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham4
 
  Noppon Saengkham4
 
 
 
  Ross Muir2
 
  Noppon Saengkham4
 
 
 
  Judd Trump1
 
  Judd Trump4
 
 
  Duane Jones3
 

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivanw/o
 
 
 
  Robin Hullw/d
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
  Graeme Dott0
 
  Sanderson Lam0
 
 
 
  Graeme Dott4
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
  David Grace0
 
  David Grace4
 
 
 
  Rhydian Richards 3
 
  David Grace4
 
 
 
  Jak Jones0
 
  Mei Xiwen3
 
 
 
  Jak Jones4
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan4
 
 
 
  Mike Dunn0
 
  Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
  Josh Boileau2
 
  Luca Brecel1
 
 
 
  Mike Dunn 4
 
  Hamza Akbar0
 
 
 
  Mike Dunn4
 
  Mike Dunn4
 
 
 
  Xu Si2
 
  Alan McManus0
 
 
 
  Xu Si4
 
  Xu Si4
 
 
 
  Michael Georgiou2
 
  Mitchell Mann0
 
 
  Michael Georgiou4
 

Section 6Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Paul Davison2
 
 
 
  Lyu Haotian4
 
  Lyu Haotian2
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski4
 
  Jack Lisowski4
 
 
 
  Mark Joyce3
 
  Jack Lisowski3
 
 
 
  Nigel Bond4
 
  Nigel Bond4
 
 
 
  Lukas Kleckers2
 
  Nigel Bond4
 
 
 
  Ali Carter3
 
  Ali Carter4
 
 
 
  Rhys Clark0
 
  Nigel Bond0
 
 
 
  John Higgins4
 
  Sam Craigie4
 
 
 
  Leo Fernandez0
 
  Sam Craigie4
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin1
 
  Jimmy Robertson0
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
  Sam Craigie0
 
 
 
  John Higgins4
 
  Joe Perry2
 
 
 
  Stephen Maguire4
 
  Stephen Maguire1
 
 
 
  John Higgins4
 
  John Higgins4
 
 
  Matthew Selt2
 

Section 7Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Shaun Murphy0
 
 
 
  Gerard Greene4
 
  Gerard Greene4
 
 
 
  Stuart Carrington3
 
  Stuart Carrington4
 
 
 
  Peter Lines3
 
  Gerard Greene3
 
 
 
  John Astley4
 
  Dominic Dale4
 
 
 
  Chris Totten0
 
  Dominic Dale2
 
 
 
  John Astley4
 
  John Astley4
 
 
 
  Zhang Anda2
 
  John Astley2
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
  Mark Allen4
 
 
 
  Cao Yupeng2
 
  Mark Allen4
 
 
 
  Soheil Vahedi1
 
  Alex Borg0
 
 
 
  Soheil Vahedi4
 
  Mark Allen3
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
  Sam Baird1
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
  Daniel Wells3
 
  Daniel Wells4
 
 
  Lee Walker1
 

Section 8Edit

 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Oliver Lines4
 
 
 
  Eden Sharav3
 
  Oliver Lines2
 
 
 
  Yu Delu4
 
  Yu Delu4
 
 
 
  Billy Joe Castle2
 
  Yu Delu4
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston0
 
  Thor Chuan Leong3
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston4
 
  Ben Woollaston4
 
 
 
  Anthony McGill3
 
  Anthony McGill4
 
 
 
  Basem Eltahhan1
 
  Yu Delu4
 
 
 
  Liang Wenbo1
 
  Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
  Allan Taylor0
 
  Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
  Ian Preece0
 
  Ian Preece4
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong2
 
  Robbie Williams3
 
 
 
  Liang Wenbo4
 
  Alfie Burden3
 
 
 
  Liang Wenbo4
 
  Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
  Mark Selby3
 
  Christopher Keogan2
 
 
  Mark Selby4
 

FinalsEdit

 
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao1
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins5
 
  Barry Hawkins6
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham4
 
  Ian Burns3
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham5
 
  Barry Hawkins7
 
 
 
  John Higgins9
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan1
 
 
 
  John Higgins5
 
  John Higgins6
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson2
 
  Gary Wilson5
 
 
  Yu Delu2
 

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee:   Terry Camilleri.
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 4 March 2018.
Barry Hawkins
  England
7–9 John Higgins
  Scotland
Afternoon: 66–55, 0–138 (138), 70–68 (Higgins 68), 0–141 (141), 66–16, 131–0 (130), 14–83 (51), 15–73 (58)
Evening: 1–56, 44–59, 125–6 (103), 142–0 (138), 44–70 (66), 55–65, 82–0 (82), 0–72 (64)
138 Highest break 141
3 Century breaks 2
4 50+ breaks 7

Century breaksEdit

Total: 66[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017/18 World Snooker Calendar" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Bingham Is Prince Of Wales". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Home Favourite Stevens Ends Bingham's Reign". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Higgins Wins Record Fifth Welsh Crown". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Indicative Prize Money Rankings Schedule 2017/2018 Season" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Welsh Open 2018 Centuries". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 25 February – 4 March 2018.