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I will be posting blogs about snooker, most of them will be in connection with my centuries list but I will also post blogs about other things too, like the future stars of snooker as well as the occasional blogs about the current top boys in the game.

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Biggest First Round Shocks Using 128 Format

Posted by SnookerInfo on November 25, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Following the unexpected defeat of Ding Junhui last night to amateur Adam Duffy, I thought I would look back at the most 'unexpected' victories (or defeats!) that have happened since the introduction of the 128 format.


Shaun Murphy 1-5 Alex Davies

Mark Selby 3-5 Andrew Pagett

(2013 Wuxi Classic)


The very first tournament to see the 128 format in use was the 2013 Wuxi Classic and straight away it threw up some unexpected results that simply were not possible in the previous format. Shaun Murphy won the first frame against Alex Davies and I'm sure at that point seemed like it was going to be a routine win, only for Alex Davies to win the next five frames to win the match 5-1 with a high break of just 50. Mark Selby also lost to Andrew Pagett after battling back from 2-0 behind to draw level at 2-2 before eventually losing 5-3.


Shaun Murphy 3-4 Robbie Williams

Judd Trump 3-4 Zhang Anda

(2013 Indian Open)


These two results perhaps are not as big a shocks because the format was only best of 7 and both matches went to a deciding frame. Shaun Murphy once against fell victim to the new format losing 4-3 to Robbie Williams. Shaun came back from 3-0 down to level at 3-3 before Robbie won the decider. Judd Trump also fell victim to a lower ranked player in this tournament losing 4-3 to a very much in form Zhang Anda, Who on the way to his famous victory made two century breaks.


Marco Fu 5-6 Mitchell Travis

(2013 UK Championship)


Probably the most memorable first round seeded losers came from this match. No one was expecting young amateur Mitchell Travis to beat Marco Fu here. Marco was never behind in the match until he lost the deciding frame. Mitchell went on to reach the last 32 before losing 6-1 to David Morris.


Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-5 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

(2014 German Masters)


This game was memorable for different reasons. Anyone who was watching the game as it progressed live wouldn't have been shocked to see Ronnie lose the match. The way he was playing was the probably the most shocking. Even by Ronnie's standards he was playing outrageous shots that some wouldn't even attempt on a practice table. He still however managed to take the game to a decider which, to Ronnie's delight was won by Thepchaiya.


Ding Junhui 0-5 Oliver Brown

(2014 Wuxi Classic)


Some of you may recall that Ding Junhui has had a similar experience to last night before. This one though, arguably even more of a shock. Five titles the previous season, First game of the new campaign you'd be forgiven for thinking that this would be a walkover for Ding playing against amateur (and relatively unknown) Oliver Brown. That was not the case however and Oliver Brown won all five frames to whitewash Ding 5-0.


Ding Junhui 5-6 Wang ZePeng

(2014 International Championship)


Ding Junhui certainly won't thank me for reminding him of these first round defeats, but here is yet another unexpected defeat shortly after the previous one. It was enough to send shockwaves through the world of snooker. Much closer this time but two centuries from opponent Wang ZePeng and a comfortable win in the deciding frame sealed Ding's fait once again.


Judd Trump 0-6 Michael Wild

(2015 International Championship)


Possibly the most surprising result of them all. Off the back of a Runners-Up prize in Shanghai, Judd was very much odds-on to beat Michael Wild in the first round of this years International Championship. Michael though showed he is a very capable player who should not be taken lightly making consecutive breaks of 63, 82 & 62 to extend his lead from 2-0 to 5-0. He also won the sixth frame to whitewash Judd Trump 6-0 to seal his place in Daqing. He eventually lost 6-0 to Sanderson Lam in the last 64.


So there are a few of the more surprising first round results since the introduction of the 128 format. The reason for this is certainly up for debate. Either players take the lesser ranked players for granted or the gap between the top and bottom of the professional game is closer than ever before. Maybe both reasons are true, who knows?


One thing we do know for sure is... There are many more surprise results to come in the future!

Players to Look Out for at AT 1

Posted by SnookerInfo on October 17, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Asian Tour - Event One starts in Haining, China on Monday. It is currently set to be the only Asian Tour event this season after the cancellation of an event earlier in the season. This means that there is a great opportunity for anyone who goes on a good run, to qualify for the Players Championship Grand Finals and/or grab themselves a spot on the main tour for the next two seasons.


Often when the Asian Tour events come around, there a lot of local names in the draw that many of even the biggest snooker followers will not be too familiar with. The aim of this blog is to guide you into following a select few players who I think are worth looking closely at by looking at some of their past results and performances.


Hu Hao - Hu has some beaten some very high rated professionals playing in the Asian Tour events. In 2012 he beat Ryan Day 4-2 in APTC2 before reaching the Quarter Finals of APTC3 beating Xiao Guodong on the way before losing 4-1 to Tom Ford in the last 8. Hu continued his good form in 2013 by reaching the last 32 and the last 16 of APTC events beating more notable Chinese players Jin Long & Zhao Xintong and also narrowly losing out 4-3 to Cao Yupeng.


Chen Zifan - Chen reached the Quarter Finals of the 2013 Asian Tour event three beating fellow Chinese amatuers on his way before losing to Xiao Guodong. Chen has also featured as a wildcard in a number of ranking events in China, winning some of them too. He beat Sanderson Lam 5-3 in the 2014 World Open before losing 5-0 to Judd Trump and beat Scott Donaldson 5-3 in the 2014 Wuxi Classic before losing 5-0 to Joe Perry. Chen then went on to reach the last 16 of an AT event last season beating Ross Muir on the way before losing to an in-form Mark Williams 4-1.


Cai Jianzhong - Cai featured as a wildcard in China Open events in the early 2000's. Losing 5-2 to Bjorn Haneveer in 2000, 5-3 to Nick Walker in 2002 and 5-3 to Michael Holt in 2005. He again lost 5-3 to Michael Holt in the 2011 Shanghai Masters. His best run in an Asian tour event came at the 2014 AT4, he reached the Semi Finals beating Chinese amatuers on the way before beating Gary Wilson 4-1 in the Quarters. He then lost 4-2 to Stuart Bingham in the Semi's. Last season was very much unsuccessful for him though winning just one match in three Asian Tour events.


Cao Kaisheng - Cao has also featured in a number of wildcard matches before the Asian tour events started but was hugely unsuccessful in them never winning more than one frame. He entered his first APTC event in 2012 where he reached the last 16 impressively beating Stephen Maguire 4-0 on the way. In 2014 he beat another top professional in Michael Holt 4-2 before losing 4-1 to Kurt Maflin in the following round.


Lin Shuai - Lin entered his first event in 2012. He reached the last 16 of APTC event one beating Mark King on the way. Later that season he beat Jimmy White 4-2 in another APTC event. He appeared as a wildcard in the 2013 Shanghai Masters where he beat Andrew Higginson 5-4 but then lost 5-2 to Mark Selby. He then reached the last 16 of Asian Tour event four in the same season again beating Jimmy White on the way. Last season he again reached the last 16 of an event this time beating Zhang Anda and Lu Ning before losing 4-2 to Peter Ebdon.


Chen Feilong - Chen won a wildcard match in the 2012 Shanghai Masters against Fergal O'Brien 5-2 before losing to Neil Robertson 5-2. He had since not pulled off any results to write home about until the 2014 AT 1, where he beat both Martin Gould and John Higgins before losing to Dechawat Poomjaeng in the last 32. 


So that concludes my first official blog. I apologize if I missed anyone out that you think deserved a mention. I did try to avoid posting about players who are likely to be known or have been a professional at some point. I hope you will now follow the above players at the Haining Open, I know I will and I hope they do well, mainly so I don't look stupid!


Hope you enjoyed, goodbye for now!

New Features!

Posted by SnookerInfo on July 6, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi all, first of all, welcome to my new blog!


After the World Championship, I said that there will be some new features coming soon but I have since been busy so have only had time to do my regular updates. I now have access to internet in my room so therefore I can update my site whenever I like and don't have to wait for others in my house to finish!


As you might have guessed, a blog is one of the new features on my site. I will be posting blogs every now and then about different things in the snooker world, most of the time it will probably be linked to centuries and the future stars of the game.


Other features I hope to add soon include:

 

  • Unique ranking pages - Ranking pages that hold no significance to anything, just for fun. They will all be unique (hopefully) to my site and you won't be able to find them anywhere else!
  • Updated season by season centuries pages - I added this feature a long time ago and added the first few seasons but then never got round to completing it. This time I will be adding other stats (not just how many centuries per player, per season) to the tables.

So there it is, I hope you like the new features and I will try to add them as soon as I get some free time. In the mean time, thank you for visiting my site and I hope you will continue to return!

 


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