A quick note to let you know that I have now updated my provisional rankings page after the Welsh Open qualifiers. Click below to read who the biggest movers and shakers have been…
Note that I have not yet updated my one-year rankings page, this will follow later in the day although my provisionals page does include each player’s one year total.
Unsurprisingly the biggest mover this week was Tony Drago who has managed to add another 1,200 points to his overall tally and move up from 67th place to 60th. This means that he is in excellent shape as he looks to retain his main tour place for 2010/11 because as well as being up in 45th place overall on the one-year list, he is currently inside the all-important top 64 on the two years.
Another man on the rise is Liu Song whose qualification for the last 32 has seen him move up six places to 76th. While he does remain well outside of the top 64 and so is in danger of losing his professional status, he has significantly improved his position on the one-year list with this run and still has a chance of surviving as one of the top eight players not in the top 64 of the provisional list already.
Incidentally that top eight is currently made up of:
- Michael White
- Simon Bedford
- Liu Song
- Jimmy Robertson
- Craig Steadman
- Thepchaiya un-Nooh
- Matthew Couch
- Joe Jogia
With two big events to come and a dozen players within 1,000 points of Jogia in eighth place however, it is hard to read too much into the situation at this stage. Following the China Open qualifiers I will post in detail on the situation and like last year will provide daily updates during the World Championship qualifiers at the EISS.
One thing that will interest many though is the situation of Jimmy White. Currently 59th on the two-year list, is well down on the one-year list and so will need to win a match or two before the end of the season if he is to be sure of keeping his main tour place. That said even if he were to lose his place I would fully expect him to be awarded a wildcard place by the WSA.