China open qualifiers results and review (Cannock)

The china open is now snooker’s second biggest tournament with a massive £220,000 to the winner. Prize money has trebled in the last 3 seasons and is now a showpiece event in our snooker calendar. player Kurt Maflin will be among those in the final stages in Beijing as he came through a tough examination against York’s Ashley Hugill, Maflin fresh off his quarter final appearance in the Welsh open withstood breaks of 78, 92 and 140 from Hugill to wrap up a 6-4 victory and will now face Ali Carter for a place in the last 32.

Joe O’connor continues to impress as he also booked his place in the last 64 with an impressive 6-3 victory over the talented Liam Highfield. What a week it has been for the Leicester based cueist, firstly reaching his first Ranking event Semi final and now booking his place in the final stages of one of snooker’s most lucrative tournaments.

Tamworth cueist David Gilbert continues his excellent recent form with a 6-2 victory over Sean O’Sullivan. Gilbert’s recent form has been eye catching and us at think that its only a matter of time before he lifts his first ranking event title.

Stephen Maguire powered to a 6-1 victory over Zhang Yong and continues to play extremely well. Maguire who has recently started working with former top 32 player Chris Small looks a different player with a more positive attitude and surely will be back in the winner’s enclosure soon.

Qualifying results in full below

Monday February 18th


Dominic Dale w/o Rhys Clark

Liang Wenbo 6-5 Zhao Xintong

Sunny Akani 2-6 Sam Craigie

Ali Carter 6-3 Allan Taylor

Kurt Maflin 6-4 Ashley Hugill

Martin O’Donnell 4-6 Mei Xi Wen

Daniel Wells 4-6 Kishan Hirani


Marco Fu 6-1 Niu Zhuang

Matthew Stevens 5-6 Alexander Ursenbacher

Rory McLeod 4-6 Lu Ning

Barry Hawkins 6-3 Robin Hull

Noppon Saengkham 4-6 Jamie Clarke

Michael Georgiou 5-6 John J Astley

Matthew Selt 6-1 David Lilley


Ryan Day 6-2 Zhang Anda

Alan McManus 6-3 Luo Honghao

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5-6 Xu Si

Yuan SiJun 6-4 Ian Burns

Tuesday February 19


Stuart Carrington 6-1 Lukas Kleckers

Stephen Maguire 6-1 Zhang Yong

Anthony McGill 6-3 Simon Lichtenberg

Fergal O’Brien 5-6 Sam Baird

Luca Brecel 6-1 Andy Lee

Hossein Vafaei 6-4 Hammad Miah

Robert Milkins 6-1 Eden Sharav


Liam Highfield 3-6 Joe O’Connor

John Higgins 6-1 Chris Totten

Robbie Williams 6-2 Tian Pengfei

Zhou Yuelong 6-1 Lee Walker

Jack Lisowski 6-2 Alfie Burden

Graeme Dott 5-6 Gerard Greene


Neil Robertson 6-0 Hamza Akbar

Judd Trump 6-2 Jak Jones

Chris Wakelin 6-4 Peter Lines

Peter Ebdon 6-0 Sanderson Lam

Yan Bingtao 6-0 Fan Zhengyi

Stuart Bingham 6-2 Chen Zifan

Michael White 1-6 Thor Chuan Leong

Wednesday February 20


24 Mark Joyce 4-6 Nigel Bond

46 Martin Gould 0-6 Rod Lawler

Anthony Hamilton 3-6 James Wattana

Tom Ford 2-6 Oliver Lines

David Gilbert 6-2 Sean O’Sullivan

Ricky Walden 6-2 James Cahill


Michael Holt 6-5 Joe Swail

Li Hang 6-0 Jordan Brown

Mike Dunn 4-6 Elliot Slessor

Kyren Wilson 6-1 Chen Feilong

Lyu Haotian 6-4 Ross Muir

Jimmy Robertson 3-6 Ashley Carty


Gary Wilson 6-1 Jimmy White

Shaun Murphy 4-6 Adam Stefanow

Andrew Higginson 6-4 Duane Jones

Ben Woollaston 6-1 Li Yuan

Scott Donaldson 6-1 Billy Joe Castle

Ken Doherty 6-3 Paul S Davison