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Woollaston and Brecel To Face Legends In Welsh Semis

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It has been a day to remember for this weekend’s four semi-finalists at the 2015 Welsh Open, as both Ben Woollaston and Luca Brecel have made it through to their first ever ranking event semi-finals, to face two of the game’s all-time greats in home favourite Mark Williams and four-times world champion John Higgins.

Click below for a round up of the day’s action and what their results so far mean for the four remaining players…

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AT3: Down To 32, Order of Merit Latest

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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…

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Maiden Max For Woollaston In Lisbon

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Congratulations to Leicester’s world number 36 Ben Woollaston, who today made his first professional 147 break during his first round match against amateur Joe Steele at the Lisbon Open event in Portugal.

Coming in the third frame of the match, the break represents the 110th maximum break in professional competition and provided that it is not equalled during the remainder of the weekend, will earn him £500.00 from the European Tour rolling 147 pot.

The break was officiated by Belgium’s Marc Lauwers, who I am informed was refereeing his first match for World Snooker.

Click here to view the updated 147s list.

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World Snooker Rankings 2013/14: Seedings Revision One Round-Up

Last week’s ET2 event marked not only a return to the winners circle for Mark Williams, but also the first mid-season seedings revision of 2013/14. As it happens, Williams is one of the losers at this cut-off as he drops outside of the world’s top 16, while Neil Robertson replaces Mark Selby at the top of the rankings, following his strong start to the new campaign.

This list has now been used to determine the seedings for the upcoming Shanghai Masters tournaments, one of three events this season that will not be staged with a new, flatter draw structure.

Click below for a round-up of all of the changes to the seeding list and the usual handy links…

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Australian Goldfields Open 2013: Qualifying Wrap

Hot on the heels of last week’s Wuxi Classic qualifiers at the South West Snooker Academy, the past five days have seen the early rounds of the 2013 Australian Goldfields Open tournament take place at the same venue.

Click below for my round-up of the key stories from the qualifiers, together with links to the results in full and latest projected seedings…

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The Crucible – No Place Like It

While two of this year’s six Crucible débutantes were able to make it through to the last 16 stage at this year’s World Championship, the fact remains that since the turn of the century, just ten first-timers have been able to win their opening matches here.

But why is that? Click below for more, together with quotes from a few of those débutantes this week…

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