2019 Shanghai Masters snooker tournament

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2019 Shanghai Masters
Tournament information
Dates9–15 September 2019
VenueRegal International East Asia Hotel
CityShanghai
CountryChina
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£751,000
Winner's share£200,000
Highest breakEngland Barry Hawkins (142)
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upEngland Shaun Murphy
Score11–9
2018

The 2019 Shanghai Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place at the Regal International East Asia Hotel in Shanghai, China from 9 to 15 September 2019. It was the 12th edition of the Shanghai Masters, which was first held in 2007. Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, having defeated Barry Hawkins 11–9 in the 2018 final, and also having won the tournament in 2017. O'Sullivan successfully defended his title for a second consecutive year, defeating Shaun Murphy 11–9 in the final.

The prize fund was £751,000 with the winner receiving £200,000. The event was broadcast by Great Sports Channel, Superstars Online, Youku and Zhibo.tv in China, as well as NowTV in Hong Kong and Eurosport in Europe.

Overview

The Shanghai Masters is an invitational non-ranking snooker tournament open to the top 16 ranked players on the World Snooker Tour as well as selected Chinese players.[1] The players consist of the top-16 in the world rankings after the 2019 International Championship, as well as eight Chinese players.[1] The invited Chinese players include four players not ranked in the top-16 in the world rankings, two players from the Chinese Billiard Snooker Association under-21 rankings and two from China's Amateur Masters series.[2] Matches were all best-of-11-frames, except for the semi-finals (19 frames) and the final (21 frames).[3] The defending champion was Ronnie O'Sullivan who won the 2018 event by beating Barry Hawkins 11–9 in the final.[4] O'Sullivan has also won the 2017 tournament.[4][5]

Players were ranked in the tournament by their world ranking, with the exceptions of O'Sullivan, who was the first seed, whilst 2019 World Snooker Championship winner Judd Trump was seeded second. The top eight seeded players received byes into the second round.[3] Each invited Chinese player played one of the players seeded 9–16 in the first round.[6] The event was broadcast by Great Sports Channel, Superstars Online, Youku and Zhibo.tv in China, True Sport in Thailand as well as NowTV in Hong Kong and Eurosport in Europe.[7][8]

Prize fund

A total of £751,000 was awarded at the event, with the winner receiving £200,000. The breakdown of prize money is shown below:[9]

  • Winner: £200,000
  • Runner-up: £100,000
  • Semi-final: £62,500
  • Quarter-final: £32,000
  • Last 16: £16,000
  • Last 24: £8,000
  • Highest break: £6,000
  • Total: £751,000

Tournament summary

Ronnie O'Sullivan won the event, his third straight Shanghai Masters title, defeating Shaun Murphy in the final.

The tournament was held from 9 to 15 September 2019.[1] The first round featured 9–16 seeded players against Chinese players.[6] Six of the eight seeded players progressed, with David Gilbert completing a whitewash of Cao Jin.[10] Chinese 25 year-old amateur Zhang Yi defeated 16th seed Ali Carter 6–3, whilst 15th seed Stephen Maguire lost to Xiao Guodong 2–6.[10] Zhang drew O'Sullivan in the second round, with O'Sullivan completing a 6–0 whitewash with breaks of 69, 80, 69, 65, 143 and 132.[11] Guodong, however, lost to eighth seed Kyren Wilson 4–6.[11] Two former world champions, Shaun Murphy and Mark Williams played all 11 frames in their second round match. Murphy compiled a break of 136 to win the match 6–5.[11] In another deciding frame, Barry Hawkins defeated John Higgins 6–5. Hawkins made the highest break of the tournament in frame four, making a 142.[12] The last remaining Chinese player, 9th seed Ding Junhui lost in the second round to Neil Robertson 6–3, after Robertson won the first four frames.[11]

Wilson met O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals, with O'Sullivan winning 6–5. Wilson had taken an early lead, winning five of the first six frames of the match, before O'Sullivan won the next five in-a-row to win the match.[13] O'Sullivan met Robertson in the semi-final, after Robertson's 6–2 win over Hawkins.[3] O'Sullivan defeated Robertson 10–6 in the semi-final, despite his cue tip breaking in frame six.[14] Shaun Murphy defeated Jack Lisowski 6–1 in the quarter-final,[15] before playing Mark Allen in the semi-final. Allen had also defeated the world champion Judd Trump 6–1 in the last quarter-final.[16] Murphy took a 6–3 lead after the first session, before winning the next four frames in-a-row to claim a 10–3 victory.[17]

The final was played 15 September 2019 between O'Sullivan and Murphy as a best-of-21-frames match held over two sessions. Murphy won the opening three frames, before O'Sullivan won the next four frames to lead 4–3. Murphy took the lead, after winning the next two frames, with O'Sullivan winning frame ten to level the match at 5–5 between sessions.[18] A match-high break of 130 was made by O'Sullivan in frame 14 to level the match again a few frames later at 7–7. O'Sullivan won the next three frames including a break of 124 to lead 10–7 and be a frame away from victory.[12][3][18] Murphy won both frame 18 and 19 before O'Sullivan won frame 20 to win the match with a break of 86.[18] The win was O'Sullivan's third straight Shanghai Masters tournament victory.[18]

Main draw

The tournament results for the event are shown below. Players in bold denote match winners. Numbers in brackets indicate the player's seeding.[3][6][7]

  Round 1
Best of 11 frames
Round 2
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames
Final
Best of 21 frames
                                               
16 England Ali Carter 3     1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6  
China Zhang Yi 6     China Zhang Yi 0  
  1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6  
  8 England Kyren Wilson 5  
15 Scotland Stephen Maguire 2 8 England Kyren Wilson 6
China Xiao Guodong 6     China Xiao Guodong 4  
  1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 10  
  4 Australia Neil Robertson 6  
10 England Barry Hawkins 6     5 Scotland John Higgins 5  
China Yan Bingtao 5     10 England Barry Hawkins 6  
  10 England Barry Hawkins 2
  4 Australia Neil Robertson 6  
9 China Ding Junhui 6 4 Australia Neil Robertson 6
China Zhao Jianbo 2     9 China Ding Junhui 3  
  1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 11
  14 England Shaun Murphy 9
14 England Shaun Murphy 6     3 Wales Mark Williams 5  
China Lyu Haotian 1     14 England Shaun Murphy 6  
  14 England Shaun Murphy 6
  11 England Jack Lisowski 1  
11 England Jack Lisowski 6 6 England Mark Selby 3
China Wu Yize 1     11 England Jack Lisowski 6  
  14 England Shaun Murphy 10
  7 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 3  
13 England Stuart Bingham 4     7 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6  
China Liang Wenbo 6     China Liang Wenbo 5  
  7 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 6
  2 England Judd Trump 1  
12 England David Gilbert 6 2 England Judd Trump 6
China Cao Jin 0     12 England David Gilbert 4  

Final

Final: Best-of-21-frames. Referee: China Zheng Weili.
Regal International East Asia Hotel, Shanghai, China, 15 September 2019.
Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)
 England
11–9 Shaun Murphy (14)
 England
Afternoon: 19–65, 52–63 (62), 18–86 (68), 71–43 (61), 83–22, 81–1 (54), 84–21 (78), 48–73 (61), 53–55, 73–43 (53)
Evening: 8–99 (66), 66–61 (66, 61), 0–111 (111), 130–0 (130), 91–31 (51), 74–1, 130–0 (124), 0–89 (82), 35–90 (90), 86–29 (86)
130 Highest break 111
2 Century breaks 1
9 50+ breaks 8

Century breaks

A total of 37 century breaks were made during the event. Barry Hawkins completed the tournament's highest break of 142 in the fourth frame of his second round match against John Higgins. The century breaks made during the event is shown below:[12]

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