March 28, 2010

Sanyuan Foods China Open Wildcards and Round 1 Order of Play

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:44 am

Tian Pengfei - Could cause Mavis some problems

I thought it might be helpful following my outright preview below to post the running order ahead of tomorrow’s early start in Beijing.

These daft and unfair wildcard matches take centre stage tomorrow and some of them might see the main tour pros making an early exit if they are not in tip top form. With the likes of Rod Lawler, Tony Drago and James Watanna in action again after already qualifying once.

To read more about each of the wildcards click here.

Interestingly the link page above seems to ignore the fact that one of these players Liu Chuang, actually played at the Crucible a few years back losing 10-5 to Ronnie O’Sullivan in Round 1. He plays Rory McLeod tomorrow afternoon in what could be the television table, and we all know what Rory can be like when the cameras are rolling.

For possible ‘upsets’ I’d say the most likely are Tian Pengfei (11/10 Ladbrokes also the first TV match on Eurosport), who beat Ding here last year and has beaten other top 32 players, Marco Fu and Mark King included. I rate him as a very good player and Dark Mavis will need to be at the top of his game to beat him, another is Yu Delu (5/4 Bet 365) who beat Rod Lawler at this stage last year and faces Bjorn Haneveer who has reached this stage of a ranking event for the first time.

Another possible outsider is Li Yan (2/1 generally available) who in last year’s Shanghai Masters beat Gerard Greene before losing narrowly to Ryan Day, Andrew Higginson is also quite inconsistent. At the price the Thai player and former tour professional Supoj Saenla (11/4 Ladbrokes) could be worth an interest to take advantage if Rod Lawler is not on his game or is not fully acclimatised. I’ll probably have small doubles, trebles and an accumulator on these four for a bit of interest.

I’d say Drago, Watanna and Milkins should all come through unscathed.

I’ll do a first round preview tomorrow when we know who will be playing who.

To get a feel for the madness that surrounds this tournament click the slideshow here (Thanks to the guys at Snooker Fanatic for this)

Monday 29 March 2010

7.30am (UK time)

WC1 – Rod Lawler v Supoj Saenla
WC2 – Robert Milkins v Lu Chenwei
WC3 – Andrew Higginson v Li Yan
WC4 – Mark Davis v Tian Pengfei


WC5 – James Wattana v Au Chi Wai
WC6 – Tony Drago v Shi Shuamgyang
WC7 – Rory McLeod v Liu Chuang
WC8 – Bjorn Haneveer v Yu Delu

Tuesday 30 March 2010


Match 2 – Neil Robertson v Mike Dunn
Match 8 – Stephen Maguire v Barry Hawkins
Match 14 – Marco Fu v Winner WC8
Match 15 – Mark Williams v Jamie Cope


Match 3 – Ding Junhui v Gerard Greene
Match 5 – Ryan Day v Winner WC2
Match 7 – Mark Allen v Graeme Dott
Match 16 – John Higgins v Fergal O’Brien

Wednesday 31 March 2010


Match 1 – Peter Ebdon v Judd Trump
Match 6 – Stephen Hendry v Winner WC3
Match 10 – Mark King v Winner WC5
Match 12 – Ali Carter v Winner WC7


Match 4 – Mark Selby v Winner WC1
Match 9 – Ronnie O’Sullivan v Winner WC4
Match 11 – Joe Perry v Winner WC6
Match 13 – Shaun Murphy v Nigel Bond

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