2020 Welsh Open (snooker)

The 2020 Welsh Open (also known as the ManBetX Welsh Open due to sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament which took place from 10 to 16 February 2020 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.[1] It was the 12th ranking event of the 2019–20 snooker season, and the final event of the season's Home Nations Series. It was the 29th edition of the Welsh Open, first held in 1992.

Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates10–16 February 2020
VenueMotorpoint Arena
CityCardiff
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£405,000
Winner's share£70,000
Highest breakEngland Kyren Wilson (147)
Final
ChampionEngland Shaun Murphy
Runner-upEngland Kyren Wilson
Score9–1
2019

Neil Robertson was the defending champion, having beaten Stuart Bingham 9–7 in the 2019 final, but he lost in the quarter-finals to Kyren Wilson.[2]

The quarter-finals stage featured one the strongest fields ever for a Home Nations event, with 6 of the 8 players being ranked inside the top eight in the world.[3]

Shaun Murphy won the event, with a 9–1 win over Kyren Wilson in the final.[4][5]

There were a total of 77 century breaks at the event. Wilson made the highest, a maximum - the second of his career - in the first frame of his first-round match with Jackson Page.

This was the last tournament that snooker player Willie Thorne commentated on prior to his death on 17th June 2020.

Prize fundEdit

The event's total prize fund is £405,000, with the winner receiving £70,000. The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[6]

  • Winner: £70,000
  • Runner-up: £30,000
  • Semi-final: £20,000
  • Quarter-final: £10,000
  • Last 16: £7,500
  • Last 32: £4,000
  • Last 64: £3,000
  • Highest break: £5,000
  • Total: £405,000

Main drawEdit

Top halfEdit

Section 1Edit

 
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  Neil Robertson (AUS) (1)4
 
 
 
  Jamie Clarke (WAL)2
 
  Neil Robertson (1)4
 
 
 
  Mark Joyce2
 
  Fergal O'Brien (IRL)3
 
 
 
  Mark Joyce (ENG)4
 
  Neil Robertson (1)4
 
 
 
  Noppon Saengkham (32)3
 
  Noppon Saengkham (THA) (32)4
 
 
 
  Alan McManus (SCO)3
 
  Noppon Saengkham (32)4
 
 
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher1
 
  Hammad Miah (ENG)2
 
 
 
  Alexander Ursenbacher (SUI)4
 
  Neil Robertson (1)4
 
 
 
  Gerard Greene0
 
  Ali Carter (ENG) (16)4
 
 
 
  Adam Stefanow (POL)2
 
  Ali Carter (16)0
 
 
 
  Gerard Greene4
 
  Gerard Greene (NIR)4
 
 
 
  Liang Wenbo (CHN)2
 
  Gerard Greene4
 
 
 
  Daniel Wells2
 
  Joe Perry (ENG) (17)3
 
 
 
  Ashley Carty (ENG)4
 
  Ashley Carty2
 
 
 
  Daniel Wells4
 
  Daniel Wells (WAL)4
 
 
  Barry Pinches (ENG)2
 

Section 2Edit

 
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  Yuan Sijun (CHN)4
 
 
 
  Thor Chuan Leong (MYS)0
 
  Yuan Sijun2
 
 
 
  Jimmy Robertson (24)4
 
  Jimmy Robertson (ENG) (24)4
 
 
 
  Riley Parsons (ENG)0
 
  Jimmy Robertson (24)1
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui (9)4
 
  Nigel Bond (ENG)0
 
 
 
  Ricky Walden (ENG)4
 
  Ricky Walden1
 
 
 
  Ding Junhui (9)4
 
  Ding Junhui (CHN) (9)4
 
 
 
  Marco Fu (HKG)2
 
  Ding Junhui (9)2
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson (8)4
 
  Martin O'Donnell (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Andy Hicks (ENG)0
 
  Martin O'Donnell4
 
 
 
  Tom Ford (25)0
 
  Tom Ford (ENG) (25)4
 
 
 
  Xu Si (CHN)3
 
  Martin O'Donnell0
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson (8)4
 
  Zhang Anda (CHN)3
 
 
 
  Liam Highfield (ENG)4
 
  Liam Highfield2
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson (8)4
 
  Kyren Wilson (ENG) (8)4
 
 
  Jackson Page (WAL)3
 

Section 3Edit

 
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  Mark Selby (ENG) (5)4
 
 
 
  David Grace (ENG)2
 
  Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
  Chen Zifan1
 
  Kurt Maflin (NOR)3
 
 
 
  Chen Zifan (CHN)4
 
  Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
  Andy Lee2
 
  Matthew Selt (ENG) (28)2
 
 
 
  Andy Lee (HKG)4
 
  Andy Lee4
 
 
 
  Robbie Williams3
 
  Robbie Williams (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Chris Wakelin (ENG)1
 
  Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong3
 
  David Gilbert (ENG) (12)2
 
 
 
  Matthew Stevens (WAL)4
 
  Matthew Stevens4
 
 
 
  Brandon Sargeant0
 
  Brandon Sargeant (ENG)w/o
 
 
 
  Peter Ebdon (ENG)w/d
 
  Matthew Stevens1
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong4
 
  Graeme Dott (SCO) (21)0
 
 
 
  Zhao Xintong (CHN)4
 
  Zhao Xintong4
 
 
 
  Louis Heathcote2
 
  Lu Ning (CHN)3
 
 
  Louis Heathcote (ENG)4
 

Section 4Edit

 
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  Si Jiahui (CHN)4
 
 
 
  Lei Peifan (CHN)1
 
  Si Jiahui2
 
 
 
  Soheil Vahedi4
 
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA) (20)2
 
 
 
  Soheil Vahedi (IRN)4
 
  Soheil Vahedi4
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski (13)0
 
  Lee Walker (WAL)2
 
 
 
  John Astley (ENG)4
 
  John Astley3
 
 
 
  Jack Lisowski (13)4
 
  Jack Lisowski (ENG) (13)4
 
 
 
  Li Hang (CHN)2
 
  Soheil Vahedi0
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)4
 
  Anthony Hamilton (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Michael White (WAL)3
 
  Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
 
  Lyu Haotian (29)3
 
  Lyu Haotian (CHN) (29)4
 
 
 
  Kishan Hirani (WAL)0
 
  Anthony Hamilton2
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)4
 
  Stuart Carrington (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Mike Dunn (ENG)3
 
  Stuart Carrington2
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)4
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (4)4
 
 
  Zhang Jiankang (CHN)1
 

Bottom halfEdit

Section 5Edit

 
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  Mark Williams (WAL) (3)4
 
 
 
  Oliver Lines (ENG)1
 
  Mark Williams (3)4
 
 
 
  Jordan Brown2
 
  Jordan Brown (NIR)4
 
 
 
  Alex Borg (MLT)1
 
  Mark Williams (3)1
 
 
 
  Anthony McGill (30)4
 
  Anthony McGill (SCO) (30)4
 
 
 
  Duane Jones (WAL)1
 
  Anthony McGill (30)4
 
 
 
  Mei Xiwen1
 
  Mei Xiwen (CHN)4
 
 
 
  Michael Georgiou (CYP)2
 
  Anthony McGill (30)3
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao (19)4
 
  Stuart Bingham (ENG) (14)4
 
 
 
  Martin Gould (ENG)2
 
  Stuart Bingham (14)4
 
 
 
  Chen Feilong1
 
  Chen Feilong (CHN)4
 
 
 
  Sam Baird (ENG)3
 
  Stuart Bingham (14)3
 
 
 
  Yan Bingtao (19)4
 
  Yan Bingtao (CHN) (19)4
 
 
 
  Michael Holt (ENG)0
 
  Yan Bingtao (19)4
 
 
 
  Mitchell Mann0
 
  Mitchell Mann (ENG)4
 
 
  Bai Langning (CHN)1
 

Section 6Edit

 
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  Luca Brecel (BEL)4
 
 
 
  Kacper Filipiak (POL)1
 
  Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
  Scott Donaldson (22)2
 
  Scott Donaldson (SCO) (22)4
 
 
 
  Sunny Akani (THA)1
 
  Luca Brecel4
 
 
 
  Tian Pengfei3
 
  Tian Pengfei (CHN)4
 
 
 
  Jamie O'Neill (ENG)2
 
  Tian Pengfei4
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins (11)0
 
  Barry Hawkins (ENG) (11)4
 
 
 
  Sam Craigie (ENG)2
 
  Luca Brecel3
 
 
 
  John Higgins (6)4
 
  Peter Lines (ENG)1
 
 
 
  Fan Zhengyi (CHN)4
 
  Fan Zhengyi0
 
 
 
  Xiao Guodong (27)4
 
  Xiao Guodong (CHN) (27)4
 
 
 
  Fraser Patrick (SCO)1
 
  Xiao Guodong (27)2
 
 
 
  John Higgins (6)4
 
  Mark King (ENG)1
 
 
 
  Ken Doherty (IRL)4
 
  Ken Doherty1
 
 
 
  John Higgins (6)4
 
  John Higgins (SCO) (6)4
 
 
  Joe O'Connor (ENG)1
 

Section 7Edit

 
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  Mark Allen (NIR) (7)4
 
 
 
  Andrew Higginson (ENG)1
 
  Mark Allen (7)4
 
 
 
  James Wattana0
 
  James Wattana (THA)4
 
 
 
  Jimmy White (ENG)2
 
  Mark Allen (7)2
 
 
 
  Dominic Dale4
 
  Ryan Day (WAL) (26)1
 
 
 
  Simon Lichtenberg (GER)4
 
  Simon Lichtenberg2
 
 
 
  Dominic Dale4
 
  David Lilley (ENG)0
 
 
 
  Dominic Dale (WAL)4
 
  Dominic Dale1
 
 
 
  Shaun Murphy (10)4
 
  Shaun Murphy (ENG) (10)4
 
 
 
  Darren Morgan (WAL)0
 
  Shaun Murphy (10)4
 
 
 
  Alfie Burden3
 
  Alfie Burden (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Amine Amiri (MAR)0
 
  Shaun Murphy (10)4
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston1
 
  Zhou Yuelong (CHN) (23)1
 
 
 
  Elliot Slessor (ENG)4
 
  Elliot Slessor2
 
 
 
  Ben Woollaston4
 
  Eden Sharav (ISR)1
 
 
  Ben Woollaston (ENG)4
 

Section 8Edit

 
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  Jak Jones (WAL)0
 
 
 
  Robert Milkins (ENG)4
 
  Robert Milkins4
 
 
 
  Gary Wilson (18)1
 
  Gary Wilson (ENG) (18)4
 
 
 
  Chang Bingyu (CHN)1
 
  Robert Milkins3
 
 
 
  Stephen Maguire (15)4
 
  Ian Burns (ENG)4
 
 
 
  Harvey Chandler (ENG)1
 
  Ian Burns3
 
 
 
  Stephen Maguire (15)4
 
  Stephen Maguire (SCO) (15)4
 
 
 
  Rod Lawler (ENG)2
 
  Stephen Maguire (15)1
 
 
 
  Judd Trump (2)4
 
  Hossein Vafaei (IRN)1
 
 
 
  Igor Figueiredo (BRA)4
 
  Igor Figueiredo4
 
 
 
  Mark Davis (31)3
 
  Mark Davis (ENG) (31)4
 
 
 
  Luo Honghao (CHN)1
 
  Igor Figueiredo1
 
 
 
  Judd Trump (2)4
 
  Craig Steadman (ENG)2
 
 
 
  Billy Joe Castle (ENG)4
 
  Billy Joe Castle0
 
 
 
  Judd Trump (2)4
 
  Judd Trump (ENG) (2)4
 
 
  James Cahill (ENG)1
 

FinalsEdit

 
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  Neil Robertson (1)0
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson (8)5
 
  Kyren Wilson (8)6
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)5
 
  Mark Selby (5)1
 
 
 
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)5
 
  Kyren Wilson (8)1
 
 
 
  Shaun Murphy (10)9
 
  Yan Bingtao (19)5
 
 
 
  John Higgins (6)2
 
  Yan Bingtao (19)5
 
 
 
  Shaun Murphy (10)6
 
  Shaun Murphy (10)5
 
 
  Judd Trump (2)3
 

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee:   Colin Humphries.
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 16 February 2020.
Kyren Wilson (8)
  England
1–9 Shaun Murphy (10)
  England
Afternoon: 8–108 (108), 4–97 (84), 52–68 (Wilson 52), 45–89, 64–66 (Wilson 64), 0–78 (76), 74–31, 0–134 (134)
Evening: 0–102 (102), 56–73 (56, 73)
64 Highest break 134
0 Century breaks 3
3 50+ breaks 6

QualifyingEdit

A qualifying match was played between two of the local wildcards on 10 February.[7]

  Gavin Lewis (WAL) 0–4   Darren Morgan (WAL)

Century breaksEdit

Total: 77[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019/2020 Calendar_February". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Welsh Open: Neil Robertson beats Stuart Bingham in final". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Welsh Open 2020 – Quarter Finals Preview 2". snookerhq.com. 10–16 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Welsh Open: Shaun Murphy wins Welsh Open with 9-1 win over Kyren Wilson". BBC Sport. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Shaun Murphy Seals Welsh Open Title". Snookerhq.com. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Welsh Open 2020". snooker.org. 10 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Welsh Open 2020 – Draw and Format 2". wst.tv. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 10–16 February 2020.
  8. ^ "19.com Welsh Open 2020 – Centuries". wst.tv. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 10–16 February 2020.