Ding Junhui is a tournament winner once again as he defeated Ricky Walden 4-3 to win the 2015 Haining Open earlier today.
The snooker tour resumes tomorrow with the start of this year’s Haining Open, an event won last season by Stuart Bingham who now has an impressive four Asian Tour titles to his name.
Although Stuart will not be returning to defend his title in 2015, the tournament remains one that is deceptively important for many players, more so than ever in 2015 as eight Players Championship places and two main tour cards could effectively be up for grabs this week…
World Snooker has today published the entry pack for the 2015 Haining Open and in amongst the standard conditions of entry there are a couple of important changes to note concerning qualification for the 2016 Players Championship and the 2016/17 main tour.
Continue reading for a summary of what has changed…
A bit of news from this morning from World Snooker, who have announced that the first event of this season’s Asian Tour has been postponed until October.
When looking at the calendar, the October dates were previously allocated for the AT2 event, so it would appear that the September event has effectively been cancelled, with AT2 now becoming AT1.
If there is to be only one Asian Tour event held this season, it will be interesting to see how the eight Players Championship places and four main tour cards for next season are allocated, as it would be strange to see these determined by a single event. That World Snooker have mentioned this in their statement today would suggest that they are working on an alternative.
Official statement follows…
Yesterday it was announced by World Snooker that the first event of next season’s Asian Tour has been postponed at the request of the promoter, with a new date still to be confirmed.
There had been some confusion as to the date of the event, when a different set of dates had appeared on display outside of the Crucible last month, to that on the official website of the governing body.
The move means that the first silverware of the new season will be won at the World Cup on 21st June 2015, with the venue stages of the Australian Goldfields Open to follow shortly afterwards.
18 months on from his maiden Asian Tour title at the Yixing Open, Joe Perry has today claimed his second, with victory against Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh at the Xuzhou Open in China.
Click below for a round-up of the final day’s action, together with the implications for the Asian Order of Merit…
Three days down, two to go at the third and final Asian Tour event of the 2014/15 and it is crunch time in respect of the race for all important places on the Asian Order of Merit, with both Players Championship Grand Finals and main tour places on offer for those in action this week.
Click below for a look at how results so far this week have affected the standings, with the tournament now down to the last 32 stage…
Away from the ongoing action at the Alexandra Palace, next week we will see the start of the final event of this season’s Asian Tour, the 2015 Xuzhou Open and World Snooker have today published the draw and format which you can access here.
Further analysis of the draw and importantly the Asian Order of Merit, will follow in the coming days, as with tour places and Grand Finals spots on the line, there are a number of important points to take a look at ahead of the tournament.
You can also view the draw here at snookerorg.