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The 2019 ManBetX Welsh Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament which took place from 11 to 17 February 2019 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.[1] It was the thirteenth ranking event of the 2018/2019 season and the final event of the season's Home Nations Series.

Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates11–17 February 2019
VenueMotorpoint Arena
CityCardiff
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£366,000
Winner's share£70,000
Highest breakAustralia Neil Robertson (147)
Thailand Noppon Saengkham (147)
Final
ChampionAustralia Neil Robertson
Runner-upEngland Stuart Bingham
Score9–7
2018

Neil Robertson won the event, his fifteenth ranking title and second Home Nations triumph since the re-brand in 2016.[2] He defeated Stuart Bingham 9–7 in the final, who made eleven centuries throughout the tournament. Robertson made the fourth 147 break of his career in the fourth frame of his Round 1 match with Jordan Brown. He then followed up with a 140 break to win the match 4–1.[3]

John Higgins was the defending champion, having beaten Barry Hawkins 9–7 in the 2018 final,[4] but he was defeated 3–5 by Joe O'Connor in the quarter-finals.

Noppon Saengkham made his first ever professionally recorded 147 break in the second frame of his third round match against Mark Selby.[5] It was the fifth time two maximums had been made during the main stages of a ranking event and the fourth time inside a year.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[6]

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break: £15,000

Main drawEdit

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

 
Last 128
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Last 64
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Last 32
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  John Higgins (1)4
 
 
 
  Graeme Dott0
 
  John Higgins (1)4
 
 
 
  Dominic Dale2
 
  Li Yuan2
 
 
 
  Dominic Dale4
 
  John Higgins (1)4
 
 
 
  Craig Steadman2
 
  Soheil Vahedi4
 
 
 
  Chen Feilong0
 
  Soheil Vahedi1
 
 
 
  Craig Steadman4
 
  Alfie Burden2
 
 
 
  Craig Steadman4
 
  John Higgins (1)4
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski (16)3
 
  Jack Lisowski (16)4
 
 
 
  Niu Zhuang3
 
  Jack Lisowski (16)4
 
 
 
  Marco Fu3
 
  Tian Pengfei1
 
 
 
  Marco Fu4
 
  Jack Lisowski (16)4
 
 
 
  Sam Craigie3
 
  Sean O'Sullivan1
 
 
 
  Ken Doherty4
 
  Ken Doherty1
 
 
 
  Sam Craigie4
 
  Sam Craigie4
 
 
  Mark King0
 

Section 2Edit

 
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  Chris Wakelin3
 
 
 
  Hammad Miah4
 
  Hammad Miah3
 
 
 
  Joe Perry4
 
  Mark Davis3
 
 
 
  Joe Perry4
 
  Joe Perry2
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui (9)4
 
  Fergal O'Brien2
 
 
 
  Oliver Lines4
 
  Oliver Lines3
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui (9)4
 
  Ding Junhui (9)4
 
 
 
  Chris Totten0
 
  Ding Junhui (9)1
 
 
 
  Joe O'Connor4
 
  Jak Jones4
 
 
 
  Matthew Stevens2
 
  Jak Jones4
 
 
 
  Peter Lines3
 
  Michael White2
 
 
 
  Peter Lines4
 
  Jak Jones1
 
 
 
  Joe O'Connor4
 
  Joe O'Connor4
 
 
 
  Rhys Clark2
 
  Joe O'Connor4
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson (8)3
 
  Kyren Wilson (8)4
 
 
  Andy Lee0
 

Section 3Edit

 
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  Judd Trump (5)4
 
 
 
  Harvey Chandler0
 
  Judd Trump (5)2
 
 
 
  Duane Jones4
 
  Xiao Guodong3
 
 
 
  Duane Jones4
 
  Duane Jones0
 
 
 
  Robbie Williams4
 
  Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
  Rod Lawler0
 
  Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton1
 
  Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
 
  Sam Baird0
 
  Robbie Williams2
 
 
 
  Stuart Bingham (12)4
 
  Stuart Bingham (12)4
 
 
 
  Ali Carter0
 
  Stuart Bingham (12)4
 
 
 
  Matthew Selt1
 
  Jamie Clarke2
 
 
 
  Matthew Selt4
 
  Stuart Bingham (12)4
 
 
 
  Martin O'Donnell1
 
  Martin O'Donnell4
 
 
 
  Hamza Akbar0
 
  Martin O'Donnell4
 
 
 
  Ricky Walden1
 
  Ricky Walden4
 
 
  Lee Walker2
 

Section 4Edit

 
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  David Gilbert3
 
 
 
  Jimmy Robertson4
 
  Jimmy Robertson4
 
 
 
  Nigel Bond3
 
  Nigel Bond4
 
 
 
  Alan McManus3
 
  Jimmy Robertson2
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong4
 
  Zhao Xintong4
 
 
 
  Jackson Page1
 
  Zhao Xintong4
 
 
 
  Zhou Yuelong0
 
  Stephen Maguire (13)3
 
 
 
  Zhou Yuelong4
 
  Zhao Xintong4
 
 
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher2
 
  Zhang Jiankang4
 
 
 
  Fan Zhengyi3
 
  Zhang Jiankang1
 
 
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher4
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher4
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao2
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher4
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)2
 
  Allan Taylor0
 
 
 
  Yuan Sijun4
 
  Yuan Sijun2
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)4
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)4
 
 
  Sanderson Lam2
 

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

 
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  Mark Selby (3)4
 
 
 
  Anthony McGill2
 
  Mark Selby (3)4
 
 
 
  Adam Duffy0
 
  Adam Duffy4
 
 
 
  Zhang Yong2
 
  Mark Selby (3)4
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham1
 
  Eden Sharav2
 
 
 
  Xu Si4
 
  Xu Si1
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham4
 
  Stuart Carrington3
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham4
 
  Mark Selby (3)3
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei4
 
  Ryan Day (14)3
 
 
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh4
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh3
 
 
 
  Lukas Kleckers4
 
  Lukas Kleckers4
 
 
 
  Peter Ebdon0
 
  Lukas Kleckers2
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei4
 
  Ashley Hugill3
 
 
 
  Hossein Vafaei4
 
  Hossein Vafaei4
 
 
 
  Ross Muir3
 
  Ross Muir4
 
 
  Daniel Wells2
 

Section 6Edit

 
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  Scott Donaldson4
 
 
 
  John Astley2
 
  Scott Donaldson4
 
 
 
  Joe Swail3
 
  Joe Swail4
 
 
 
  Li Hang2
 
  Scott Donaldson4
 
 
 
  James Cahill0
 
  James Cahill4
 
 
 
  Gerard Greene2
 
  James Cahill4
 
 
 
  Shaun Murphy (11)2
 
  Shaun Murphy (11)4
 
 
 
  Adam Stefanow1
 
  Scott Donaldson4
 
 
 
  Ian Burns2
 
  Luo Honghao1
 
 
 
  Ian Burns4
 
  Ian Burns4
 
 
 
  Liang Wenbo3
 
  Liam Highfield3
 
 
 
  Liang Wenbo4
 
  Ian Burns4
 
 
 
  Mark Allen (6)2
 
  Mei Xiwen4
 
 
 
  Michael Holt3
 
  Mei Xiwen1
 
 
 
  Mark Allen (6)4
 
  Mark Allen (6)4
 
 
  Mark Joyce2
 

Section 7Edit

 
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  Barry Hawkins (7)4
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani0
 
  Barry Hawkins (7)4
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston2
 
  Lu Ning1
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston4
 
  Barry Hawkins (7)2
 
 
 
  Michael Georgiou4
 
  Michael Georgiou4
 
 
 
  David Lilley0
 
  Michael Georgiou4
 
 
 
  Jimmy White1
 
  Jimmy White4
 
 
 
  Andrew Higginson2
 
  Michael Georgiou0
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson (10)4
 
  Neil Robertson (10)4
 
 
 
  Jordan Brown1
 
  Neil Robertson (10)4
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson1
 
  Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
  Robin Hull0
 
  Neil Robertson (10)4
 
 
 
  Paul Davison3
 
  Rory McLeod0
 
 
 
  Thor Chuan Leong4
 
  Thor Chuan Leong3
 
 
 
  Paul Davison4
 
  Lyu Haotian1
 
 
  Paul Davison4
 

Section 8Edit

 
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  Robert Milkins0
 
 
 
  Mike Dunn4
 
  Mike Dunn4
 
 
 
  James Wattana3
 
  James Wattana4
 
 
 
  Chen Zifan3
 
  Mike Dunn0
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
  Billy Joe Castle4
 
 
 
  Simon Lichtenberg3
 
  Billy Joe Castle1
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
  Luca Brecel (15)2
 
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 
 
 
  Elliot Slessor2
 
  Alex Taubman2
 
 
 
  Elliot Slessor4
 
  Elliot Slessor4
 
 
 
  Tom Ford0
 
  Ashley Carty2
 
 
 
  Tom Ford4
 
  Elliot Slessor4
 
 
 
  Zhang Anda2
 
  Martin Gould3
 
 
 
  Zhang Anda4
 
  Zhang Anda4
 
 
 
  Mark Williams (2)2
 
  Mark Williams (2)4
 
 
  Kishan Hirani3
 

FinalsEdit

 
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  John Higgins (1)3
 
 
 
  Joe O'Connor5
 
  Joe O'Connor2
 
 
 
  Stuart Bingham (12)6
 
  Stuart Bingham (12)5
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong2
 
  Stuart Bingham (12)7
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson (10)9
 
  Hossein Vafaei5
 
 
 
  Scott Donaldson1
 
  Hossein Vafaei0
 
 
 
  Neil Robertson (10)6
 
  Neil Robertson (10)5
 
 
  Kurt Maflin4
 

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Rob Spencer.
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 17 February 2019.
Stuart Bingham (12)
  England
7–9 Neil Robertson (10)
  Australia
Afternoon: 21–72 (71), 42–75, 69–29, 34–97 (69), 6–72 (72), 79–22 (50), 13–70 (70), 122–1 (102)
Evening: 53–65 (65), 26–92 (56), 96–8, 60–58, 78–1, 87–9, 36–61, 0–83 (83)
102 Highest break 83
1 Century breaks 0
2 50+ breaks 7

Century breaksEdit

Total: 81 [7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018/2019 Calendar_February". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Robertson Claims Cardiff Crown". World Snooker. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Robertson Makes Motorpoint Maximum". World Snooker. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Higgins Wins Record Fifth Welsh Crown". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Saengkham Makes Cardiff 147". World Snooker. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Indicative Prize Money Rankings Schedule 2018/2019 Season" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  7. ^ "ManBetX Welsh Open 2019 – Centuries". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 11–17 February 2019.