Congratulations to Ali Carter, who has this weekend completed a fairytale return to professional action by defeating Shaun Murphy 7-6 to win the 2014 General Cup International in Hong Kong…
Although this week will not see the return of ranking event snooker following the postponement of the Indian Open, there will be action for a few of the professionals at least, as the General Cup is staged in Hong Kong for the sixth time.
While there is a strong line-up across the board, clearly the main talking point is that of the return of Ali Carter, who will play his first professional match since the World Championship on Monday morning against Marco Fu.
I’m sure that I speak for all of us here in the snooker community of fans and players alike that it is brilliant to see him back in action after his treatment for cancer and hopefully we will soon see him on our TV screens at events such as the UK Championship before the end of the year.
You can view all of the latest scores and group standings, as ever, here at snookerorg.
— Deco800 (@Deco800_) September 25, 2014
Just a few days on from his victory against Neil Robertson in the final of the Six Red World Championship, Mark Davis yesterday repeated that feat, with a comprehensive 7-2 victory against the world number one in the final of the General Cup International in Hong Kong.
The fifth staging of the event, won previously by the likes of Ricky Walden, Stephen Lee and last year by Robertson himself, saw a strong line-up of professionals take part, but it was two of the form players of the moment who made it through to the final.
For Davis, his group stage saw him overcome Ricky Walden and Shaun Murphy to qualify in second place behind Marco Fu, while Robertson saw off Andrew Higginson and friend Joe Perry to qualify behind Crucible finalist Barry Hawkins.
The two duly came through their semi-finals, before Davis then took what is his sixth consecutive victory against Robertson in all competitions, to lift his third professional 15-red title.
Both players will next be in action next week at the Shanghai Masters, as ranking event snooker returns to our screens on Eurosport.
Keen observers of the tournament calendar for the 2013/14 season will have noticed a week’s gap between the 6 Reds World Championship and the venue stages of the Shanghai Masters in September.
Not every player will have the week off however, as eight top 32 players, including defending champion Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy will head to Hong Kong, for the fifth staging of the General Cup International event in Hong Kong…