China Open (snooker)

The China Open is a professional snooker tournament. It is one of a number of ranking tournaments and began in 1997. The reigning champion is Neil Robertson.

China Open
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Tournament information
LocationBeijing
CountryChina
Established1997
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,000,000
Current champion(s)Australia Neil Robertson

HistoryEdit

The first international snooker tournament in China was the China International in September 1997, a non-ranking tournament for the top 16 players and local players. The following season the tournament became ranking and was held in March. Then the name of the event was changed to China Open and was held in December, so there were two events in 1999. After the 2002 tournament the event was abandoned.[1]

The event was revived for the 2004/05 season. Local wild-card players were invited to play against the qualifiers. The three Chinese players on the tour were invited to play as wild-cards, rather than qualify the usual way. Ding Junhui was one of them, and he won the tournament, but as he entered as a wild-card, he received no prize money nor ranking points.[1]

The tournament currently takes place at the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, Chaoyang District, Beijing in early April, and it is the last ranking event before the World Championship.

WinnersEdit

[1][2]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Host city Season
China International (non-ranking)
1997   Steve Davis   Jimmy White 7–4 Beijing 1997/98
China International (ranking)
1999   John Higgins   Billy Snaddon 9–3 Shanghai 1998/99
China Open (ranking)
1999   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Stephen Lee 9–2 Beijing 1999/00
2000   Ronnie O'Sullivan   Mark Williams 9–3 Shenzhen 2000/01
2002   Mark Williams   Anthony Hamilton 9–8 Shanghai 2001/02
2005   Ding Junhui   Stephen Hendry 9–5 Beijing 2004/05
2006   Mark Williams   John Higgins 9–8 2005/06
2007   Graeme Dott   Jamie Cope 9–5 2006/07
2008   Stephen Maguire   Shaun Murphy 10–9 2007/08
2009   Peter Ebdon   John Higgins 10–8 2008/09
2010   Mark Williams   Ding Junhui 10–6 2009/10
2011   Judd Trump   Mark Selby 10–8 2010/11
2012[3]   Peter Ebdon   Stephen Maguire 10–9 2011/12
2013[4]   Neil Robertson   Mark Selby 10–6 2012/13
2014[5]   Ding Junhui   Neil Robertson 10–5 2013/14
2015[6]   Mark Selby   Gary Wilson 10–2 2014/15
2016[7]   Judd Trump   Ricky Walden 10–4 2015/16
2017[8]   Mark Selby   Mark Williams 10–8 2016/17
2018[9]   Mark Selby   Barry Hawkins 11–3 2017/18
2019[10]   Neil Robertson   Jack Lisowski 11–4 2018/19
2020 Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic 2019/20

RecordsEdit

StatisticsEdit

FinalistsEdit

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals
1 Mark Williams   Wales 3 2 5
Mark Selby   England 3 2 5
3 Ding Junhui   China 2 1 3
Neil Robertson   Australia 2 1 3
5 Ronnie O'Sullivan   England 2 0 2
Peter Ebdon   England 2 0 2
Judd Trump   England 2 0 2
8 Stephen Maguire   Scotland 1 1 2
9 Graeme Dott   Scotland 1 0 1
10 John Higgins   Scotland 0 2 2
11 Stephen Lee   England 0 1 1
Anthony Hamilton   England 0 1 1
Stephen Hendry   Scotland 0 1 1
Jamie Cope   England 0 1 1
Shaun Murphy   England 0 1 1
Gary Wilson   England 0 1 1
Ricky Walden   England 0 1 1
Barry Hawkins   England 0 1 1
Jack Lisowski   England 0 1 1

Champions by countryEdit

Country Players Total First title Last title
  England 4 9 1999 2018
  Wales 1 3 2002 2010
  Scotland 2 2 2007 2008
  China 1 2 2005 2014
  Australia 1 2 2013 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Turner, Chris. "China International, China Open, Shanghai Masters, Jiangsu/Wuxi Classic". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame". Snooker.org. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  3. ^ "China Open scores and schedule". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Bank of Beijing China Open (2013)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  5. ^ "China Open (2014)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Baic Motor China Open (2015)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Baic Motor China Open (2016)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Bank of Beijing China Open (2017)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Fuhua Group China Open (2018)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  10. ^ "XingPai China Open (2019)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 April 2019.