September 14, 2010

The World Open Final Stages Draw

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 2:00 pm

It's Fast. It's Furious. But it's still grim up north.

Saturday sees the beginning of one of Barry’s big ideas, the World Open from Glasgow. It promises to be the new FA Cup of snooker, fast, furious and just down right noisy.

For anyone not familiar with the FA Cup reference, it simply means that it will be a random draw after each round, possibly by two over-the-hill snooker players fondling a bag of balls and a serious looking man with a clipboard in his hand. 

There will be much talk of ‘potential banana skins’ without even a nod to Dave Harold and possibly a reference to ‘the magic of the World Open’ on more than one occasion.

The matches up to the final will be short and sweet, just the best of 5 frames all played on one table. The final will be the best of 9 frames.

The event will be covered on the BBC and on Eurosport and carries full world ranking points, making the short format matches potentially very edgy affairs. Who will this format suit? Is it one that a certain Mr O’Sullivan will excel at or should we be looking to those who have been performing consistently well in the PTC events? Will wily old heads like Jimmy White, Steve Davis and Ken Doherty use their experience, frazzled old brains and fading attention spans to their advantage? 

The draw is pretty hard to track down, World Snooker have not updated it to reflect the matches that have already taken place so I thought it might be useful to do it myself and post it up here. Apologies if there are any errors but Jimmy isn’t the only one with a fading attention span.

There are still eleven matches to be completed in Round 2 so effectively all the players highlighted in bold below are still involved, a total of 43. But once these Round 2 matches are decided the ballbag will come out to draw the last 32.

Once I have received the nod from my man at Betfred, I will post up this week’s prediction Contest.

Judd Trump

3–0 Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon
Marco Fu 3–2 Alfie Burden
Shaun Murphy v Dave Harold
Matthew Selt 0–3 Martin Gould
Paul Davison v Jimmy White
Fergal O’Brien 3–1 Dominic Dale
Ricky Walden 3–1 Andy Hicks
Darren Morgan 2–3 Matthew Stevens
Andrew Higginson 3–1 Liang Wenbo
Ding Junhui v Adrian Gunnell
Ali Carter v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Gerard Greene 2–3 Joe Jogia
Steve Davis v Peter Ebdon
Marcus Campbell 3–1 Simon Bedford
Liu Song 3–1 Michael Holt
Alan McManus 3–0 Anthony McGill
Neil Robertson v Graeme Dott
James Wattana 2–3 Jimmy Michie
Stephen Hendry v Bjorn Haneveer
Rory McLeod 1–3 Nigel Bond
Stuart Pettman v Stephen Maguire
Mark King v Ronnie O’Sullivan
Mark Davis 3–0 Jamie Jones
Tony Drago 1–3 Stephen Lee
Mike Dunn 3–1 Ryan Day
Mark Selby v Barry Hawkins
David Morris 3–0 Ben Woollaston
Mark Allen 2–3 James McBain
Matthew Couch 3–0 Paul Davies
Ken Doherty 3–2 Joe Perry
Stuart Bingham 2–3 Jamie Cope
Mark Williams v Igor Figueiredo

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