Players to Look Out for at AT 1

Posted by SnookerInfo on October 17, 2015 at 7:25 PM

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!

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