03 Aug 2007
Ronnie O’Sullivan has pulled out of the 2007 World Snooker Roewe Shanghai Masters due to a back injury.
The two-times World Champion expressed his regret at his withdrawal from the season’s first ranking event, which begins on Monday.
”I’ve hurt my back and I’m unable to play snooker at the moment,” said the world No 5. “I want to apologise to my fans in China because I would have loved to have played in front of them.
”I’m really disappointed, especially as this is the first time we’ve been to Shanghai for a few years and I was looking forward to a fantastic tournament. I’m sure that in the future I will have another opportunity to play there.”
O’Sullivan was due to play Preston’s Stuart Pettman or Chinese wild card Cao Kaisheng in his opening match. The winner of that tie will now receive a bye to the last 16.
The tournament at the Shanghai Grand Stage runs from August 6 to 12.
09 Jul 2007
Below is the format for the Shanghai Masters, which runs from August 6 to 12 at the Grand Stage in Shanghai.
Cross reference match numbers to those on the drawsheet (above). Note that all times are local (7 hours ahead of UK).
Monday August 6
WC2 – Stuart Pettman x Cao Kaisheng - 5-0
WC3 – Fergal O’Brien x Cao Xinlong - 5-1
WC4 – Adrian Gunnell x Jin Long - 5-2
WC5 – Dominic Dale x Liu Chuang - 5-1
WC1 – Scott MacKenzie x Yang Qintian - 4-5
WC6 – Tony Drago x A Bulajiang - 5-2
WC7 – Michael Judge x Xiao Guodong - 2-5
WC8 – Mike Dunn x Yu Delu - 3-5
Tuesday August 7
1 – John Higgins x Jamie Cope - 5-2
5 – Peter Ebdon x Dave Harold - 3-5
10 – Ryan Day x Tony Drago - 5-1
14 – Stephen Lee x Marco Fu - 5-4
6 – Steve Davis x Fergal O'Brien - 5-4
7 – Ali Carter x Adrian Gunnell - 1-5
11 – Stephen Maguire x Xiao Guodong - 5-1
15 – Ding Junhui x Yu Delu - 5-2
Wednesday August 8
2 – Mark Selby x Yang Quingtian - 5-0
3 – Mark Williams x Stuart Bingham - 2-5
9 – Shaun Murphy x Ian McCulloch - 2-5
16 – Graeme Dott x Michael Holt - 5-4
4 – Ronnie O’Sullivan - withdraws due to back injury :-( x Stuart Pettman
8 – Ken Doherty x Dominic Dale - 3-5
12 – Neil Robertson x Matthew Stevens - 0-5
13 – Stephen Hendry x Nigel Bond - 5-2
Thursday August 9
17 – John Higgins x Mark Selby - 3-5
18 – Stuart Bingham x Stuart Pettman - 5-4
19 – Dave Harold x Steve Davis - 5-1
21 – Ian McCulloch x Ryan Day - 3-5
20 – Adrian Gunnell x Dominic Dale - 1-5
22 – Stephen Maguire x Matthew Stevens - 4-5
23 – Stephen Hendry x Stephen Lee - 3-5
24 – Ding Junhui x Graeme Dott - 1-5
Friday August 10
Ryan Day x Matthew Stevens - 5-4
Dave Harold x Dominic Dale - 1-5
Mark Selby x Stuart Bingham - 5-0
Graeme Dott x Stephen Lee - 5-4
Saturday August 11
Dominic Dale x Mark Selby - 6-3
Ryan Day x Graeme Dott - 6-3
Sunday August 12
Final - Dominic Dale x Ryan Day - 10-6
All matches up to and including quarter finals will be best of 9 frames, semi finals are best of 11 frames and the final is best of 19 (9/10) frames.
The names of the eight wild cards will be announced shortly.
25 Jun 2007
Five Asian players have had to withdraw from tomorrow's Shanghai Masters qualifiers due to problems with work permits and visas.
Liu Song, Tian Pengfei, Xiao Guodong and Liu Chuang of China and Issara Kachaiwong of Thailand were due to compete in the qualifiers at Pontin’s, Prestatyn for the first ranking event of the season. But they have not been able to gain work permits and visas in time.
It is anticipated that they will be able to play in the season’s remaining ranking tournaments.
21 Jun 2007
Below is the format of play for the Shanghai Masters qualifiers from June 26 to 29 at Pontin's, Prestatyn.
Cross reference match numbers with those on the drawsheet
Tuesday June 26
Wednesday June 27
Thursday June 28
Friday June 29
22 May 2007
World Snooker is delighted to announce that the 2007/08 season will begin in August (6 to 12) with the Shanghai Masters.
For the first time ever, there will be two ranking events in China in the same season, reflecting the rapid growth of snooker in the region.
The tournament will be underwritten by the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association, with the East Asia Group as the officially appointed promoter.
The commercial agreement signed between the CBSA and World Snooker guarantees the staging of the Shanghai Masters and the China Open for at least the next five years.
The tournament will be staged at the Shanghai Grand Stage from August 6 to 12 and will expect to feature the world’s top 16 players including world No 1 and 888.com World Champion John Higgins, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and home favourite Ding Junhui.
Higgins said: “It’s always good news for the players and for the sport to have a ranking event added to the calendar. Snooker is obviously becoming a major sport in China and staging major tournaments there will help it to grow.”
They will be joined by 16 players who come through the qualifying rounds, to be staged from June 26 to 29 at Pontin’s in Prestatyn and eight Chinese wildcards.
The Grand Stage is one of Shanghai’s best indoor venues with a capacity of 8,000. The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton have played at the venue, owned and operated by East Asia Group. The event will be broadcast by both Shanghai TV and CCTV5.
Simon Leach, World Snooker’s chief representative in China, said: "This completes the first stage of World Snooker’s Development Plan which provides an excellent platform for us to move forward and exploit other opportunities."
World Snooker Chairman, Sir Rodney Walker added: “The agreement with East Asia Group furthers our commercial progress in this region.
China is such a significant growth area for snooker so we are delighted to build on the success of recent tournaments in the country.”
A signed cue by the top 16 players from the SAGA Insurance Masters was presented to Hu Shenqi, Vice General Manager East Asia Group at the press conference.
In attendance at the press conference were:
Simon Leach - World Snooker Chief Representative China
Zhang Xiao Ning - Director National China Sports Bureau and Multi-Ball Administration Center
Wang Liwei - Deputy Director National China Sports Bureau and Multi-Ball Administration Center
Qiu Weichang - Deputy Director General Shanghai Sports Bureau
Chen Liang - Assistant Director Shanghai Media Group
Hu Shenqi - Vice General Manager East Asia Group
Xu Sai - Director Shanghai Sports Channel
Shu Zhaoliang - General Manager Shanghai East Asia Sports Management Limited
The second ranking event in China next season will be the China Open in Beijing from March 23 to 30, 2008, when Graeme Dott will be defending the title.
The full calendar for the 2007/08 season will be announced in due course.