27 Feb 2007 18:27:00
Below is the match schedule for the 2007 China Open at Beijing University Students Gymnasium.
Cross reference match numbers to those on the drawsheet (link above). All times are local.
Monday March 26
WC1 – Jamie Cope x Yang Qintian - 5-1
WC2 – Alfred Burden x Mei Xiwen - 2-5
WC3 – Joe Swail x Jing Long - 5-4
WC4 – Ian Preece x Li Hang - 4-5
WC5 – Tom Ford x Xiao Guodong - 3-5
Q1 – Ding Junhui x Adrian Gunnell - 5-3
WC6 – Joe Jogia x Yu Delu - 1-5
WC7 – Andy Hicks x Liu Chuang - 4-5
WC8 – Jimmy White x Zheng Peng - 5-2
Tuesday March 27
9 – Stephen Hendry x Marco Fu - 4-5
13 – John Higgins x Ian McCulloch - 5-2
15 – Neil Robertson x Michael Holt - 5-1
16 – Graeme Dott x James Wattana - 5-2
10 – Matthew Stevens x Xiao Guodong - 5-0
11 – Allister Carter x Yu Delu - 5-3
12 – Ronnie O’Sullivan x Liu Chuang - 5-1 :-))
14 – Stephen Lee x Jimmy White - Lee withdraws from event
Wednesday March 28
1 – Mark Williams x Jamie Cope - 1-5
2 – Steve Davis x Stuart Bingham - 4-5
3 – Stephen Maguire x Mark King - 5-3
4 – Shaun Murphy x Mei Xiwen - 5-1
5 – Peter Ebdon x Joe Swail - 3-5
6 – Barry Hawkins x Ding Junhui - 5-3
7 – Anthony Hamilton x Mark Selby - 4-5
8 – Ken Doherty x Li Hang - 5-1
Thursday March 29
21 – Marco Fu x Matthew Stevens - 5-3
22 – Allister Carter x Ronnie O’Sullivan - 4-5 :-))
23 – John Higgins x Jimmy White - 5-1
24 – Neil Robertson x Graeme Dott - 1-5
17 – Jamie Cope x Stuart Bingham - 5-4
18 – Stephen Maguire x Shaun Murphy - 2-5
19 – Joe Swail x Barry Hawkins - 0-5
20 – Mark Selby x Ken Doherty - 1-5
Friday March 30
QF3 – Marco Fu x Ronnie O’Sullivan - 3-5
QF4 – John Higgins x Graeme Dott - 2-5
QF1 – Jamie Cope x Shaun Murphy - 5-0
QF2 – Barry Hawkins x Ken Doherty - 5-4
Saturday March 31
SF2 – Ronnie O’Sullivan x Graeme Dott - 2-6 :-((
SF1 – Jamie Cope x Barry Hawkins - 6-5
Sunday April 1
2pm and 7.30pm
Final - Graeme Dott x Jamie Cope - 9-5
31 Mar 2007
Graeme Dott outplayed Ronnie O'Sullivan in Beijing to reach the final of the Honghe Industrial 2007 World Snooker China Open.
Dott, the 888.com World Champion, continued the superb form he has shown in this event so far to score 6-2 victory to knock O'Sullivan out at the semi-final stage - just as he did at the Crucible last year.
The Larkhall cueman goes through to face Jamie Cope or Barry Hawkins tomorrow. It will be his first final since his Sheffield triumph and he boosts his bid to gain the official No 1 spot in the rankings at the end of the season.
O'Sullivan, now without a ranking event title for over two years, was first among the balls with a break of 44 but Dott snatched it with a fine 78.
The second followed a similar pattern as the Englishman made 65 only to miss a straight-forward black. Dott gained ground with a 37 then took it with a 31 clearance.
The third went Dott's way with a top run of 38 and he made it a clean sweep before the interval with 41 and 62 in frame four.
It was all-out attack from the Rocket after the break and he ignited hopes of a comeback by winning the next with 49 and 30.
But Dott knocked in a superb 117 to go 5-1 ahead. O'Sullivan pulled one back with a 29 clearance in the seventh but Dott soon finished the match in style with a 99.
"I played really well," said Dott. "It wasn't the best I've played this week, but I've played the same attacking game - and that's worked for me.
"Ronnie is the best player in the game so to beat him 6-2 is a big confidence booster for me. The form I'm showing here is better than it was when I won the world title last season.
"I feel I belong amongst the top players now and it's great to get to my first final since the Crucible."
"The two frames at the beginning were pivotal. I pinched them both, which made a big difference.
"It should be a good final whoever I play because myself, Barry and Jamie have been the best players here this week."
O'Sullivan said: "Graeme played very well, much better than me. I wasn't good enough today - it's as simple as that. I baffle myself sometimes with the way I play.
"The Chinese fans have been good all week - and I'm looking forward to coming back here next year. The fans have a special place in my heart."
30 Mar 2007 10:46:00
Ronnie O'Sullivan will meet Graeme Dott for a place in the final of the Honghe Industrial 2007 World Snooker China Open in a rematch of last season's Crucible semi.
Dott won that encounter 17-11 on his way to the 888.com World title and O'Sullivan will be determined to gain revenge tomorrow as he chases his first ranking title in two years.
Just as he did yesterday against Ali Carter, O'Sullivan had to rely on some good fortune in a 5-3 defeat of Marco Fu.
The Hong Kong player led 3-2 and was on a break of 57 when he split a cluster of four reds in potting the pink but somehow was left without a straight-forward pot.
His attempted double missed its target and O'Sullivan knocked in a superb long red to set up a dazzling 63 clearance.
That gave the Rocket the momentum he needed and he rattled in 87 and 79 to seal victory, adding to his earlier runs of 110 and 62.
"It's strange I'm winning because I'm playing so poorly," said the world No 3 despite his barrage of high scoring. "I made some silly mistakes and Marco looked dangerous early on.
"I'm fed up of talking about how badly I'm playing. I'm trying to find something that will allow me to raise my game to the level I know I can reach."
Fu said: "Frame six was the turning point. I couldn't believe I didn't get on a red after potting the pink.
"Ronnie's the best player in the world and he played well after that."
Dott produced a brilliant performance to see off fellow Scot John Higgins. He reached his second ranking event semi-final of the season by winning five frames on the spin to complete a 5-2 victory.
Trailing 2-0 after Higgins had opened with 79 and 80, Dott took a scrappy third to pull himself back into the match then produced a burst of high-quality break-building.
He levelled at 2-2 with an 84 then after the interval it was all one way traffic as the Larkhall cueman required just three visits to secure victory with runs of 97, 106 and a 102.
"My safety was really good too," said Dott. "It was a tough match to play because we're good friends, but we were both trying hard to win.
"I played well at the Maplin UK Championship earlier this season, but I think I'm playing a lot better now. I didn't miss a ball against John, I'm playing really well.
"Tomorrow should be a classic match. Ronnie's a great player, but when I beat him at the Crucible last year it was probably the best I've ever played. I'm looking forward to it."
29 Mar 2007 11:41:00
The Rocket remained on course at the Honghe Industrial 2007 World Snooker China Open but only after coming from 4-2 down against Ali Carter.
Ronnie O'Sullivan won the last three frames against his practice partner for a 5-4 success which sets up a quarter-final tie with Hong Kong's Marco Fu.
That match is sure to split the loyalties of fans in Beijing, as O'Sullivan is among the most popular snooker stars while Fu is the only remaining Asian player.
Carter must be disappointed not to take a place in the last eight after failing to convert several match winning chances.
"I was lucky," admitted world No 3 O'Sullivan, who is still suffering from jet-lag. "I expected Ali to win with the chances he had. He should have put me away.
"The last frame is always the hardest to win and the more chances he missed, the more tense he became and the more confident I got. I wasn't playing well. I haven't slept for 24 hours and I felt tired.
"It was a difficult match, but I had good support from the crowd which is nice. In the last frame I was trying to play quickly rather than think about anything.
"I should have lost today, but I'm still here. A few of the top players have gone out but anyone can still win this tournament."
It had started brightly for the 31-year-old when he sealed the first frame with a break of 53. Carter levelled in a scrappy second, edged in front with a 100 and added the next for 3-1.
The Tiptree cueman has enjoyed runs to the Malta Cup semi-finals and the Welsh Open quarters this season and looked like he would extend his run of form.
But when he missed a red to a middle pocket on 40 in frame five, his opponent capitalised in style with a composed 73.
Carter rolled in a 92 for 4-2 then had a chance to clinch victory in the next but missed the final green along the baulk cushion and O'Sullivan made no mistake.
A 53 clearance allowed O'Sullivan to win the next from 42-13 behind. And a quickfire 65 gave him the decider after Carter had missed a red to a centre pocket.
27 Mar 2007
Ronnie O'Sullivan rattled in two centuries as he stormed to a 5-1 win over Liu Chuang at the Honghe Industrial 2007 World Snooker China Open.
The Rocket required just 86 minutes to get the better of China's 16-year-old Liu, who had impressed in a 5-4 defeat of Andy Hicks yesterday.
Liu threatened a major upset when he took the first frame with a break of 46, but world No 3 O'Sullivan soon took command and runs of 47, 100, 49, 40 and 105 helped him to a last 16 tie against practice partner Ali Carter.
"It's great to play in front of enthusiastic fans here and to show them what I can do," said the Chigwell cueman. "It would be fantastic to play Ding (Junhui) in the final here, that would be a dream match.
"I'm playing attacking snooker and that keeps me excited. You can win the odd tournament by playing tactical snooker but I want to win a lot of titles. Otherwise I might as well go and work in Tesco.
"Liu looks liks a good player, he potted some cracking long balls. He should follow Ding's example and go to live in England and practise with top players. That would help him a lot."
O'Sullivan was questioned about the SAGA Insurance Masters final when he comforted a visibly upset Ding towards the end of a 10-3 triumph.
"I just wanted to show a bit of human compassion," added the 31-year-old. "I like Ding and his family and when you see someone with tears in his eyes you want to help him. That was more important than any tournament."
O'Sullivan ended his press conference by responding in the negative to a bizarre question from a Chinese journalist as to whether he had ever dreamt of becoming a milkman.
11 Jan 2007
Here is the match schedule for the China Open qualifiers at Prestatyn from January 23 to 26
Cross reference all match number to those on the drawsheet (above). Please note that Round 5 onwards (last 32) will be played at the venue in Beijing. Ding Junhui's 4th round match will be held over to the venue.
Tuesday January 23
Wednesday January 24
Thursday January 25
Friday January 26