Ding Junhui is a tournament winner once again as he defeated Ricky Walden 4-3 to win the 2015 Haining Open earlier today.
Ricky has now withdrawn from the Shanghai Masters, the tournament that he of course won back in 2008, meaning that Matt Selt receives a walkover to the last 16 and a meeting with either Judd Trump or Robert Milkins.
Ricky spoke to World Snooker about his new arrival a few weeks ago ahead of the Paul Hunter Classic.
It feels like a long time since we last saw the players in ranking event action and indeed it has been, as over two months have passed since July’s Australian Goldfields Open.
Next week though the professionals will be back in action at the 2015 Shanghai Masters, with Stuart Bingham looking to defend the title that he won 12 months ago and following the event will also come the second mid-season seeding revision of the current season.
Following eight days of qualifying and months of anticipation, the draw for the 2015 World Championship is now known and as was the case last year, former world number 3 and leading snooker analyst Neal Foulds has taken time out to cast his eye through the opening round ties and pick his players to watch at the Crucible this year.
Click below then to read this year’s bumper Crucible preview…
A couple of weeks on from winning his first professional title at the Shoot Out in Blackpool, 23-year-old Michael White has now followed that up with his first ranking event success in Mumbai, having whitewashed Ricky Walden 5-0 to win the 2015 Indian Open.
With the top prize of £50,000 taking him up to 17th place in the rankings and within range of an automatic place at the Crucible, it has been a fortnight to remember for the Welshman…
With the start of the 2015 German Masters almost upon us, we are also approaching the latest of this season’s mid-term seedings revisions, with the seedings for the Indian Open, China Open and Shoot Out tournaments set to be determined.
In particular, we have a real four-way tussle for the world number one ranking, with Ronnie O’Sullivan in with a chance of reclaiming top spot for the first time since 2010. Click below for all you need to know…