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2020 Coral Players Championship
Tournament information
Dates24 February – 1 March 2020
VenueSouthport Theatre and Convention Centre
CitySouthport
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£385,000
Winner's share£125,000
Highest break Neil Robertson (AUS) (140)
Final
Champion Judd Trump (ENG)
Runner-up Yan Bingtao (CHN)
Score10–4
2019
2021

The 2020 Coral Players Championship was a professional snooker tournament that took place from 24 February to 1 March 2020 at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre in Southport, England. It was the 14th ranking event of the 2019–20 snooker season and the second leg of the Coral Series. The tenth edition of the Players Championship, first held in 2011, the event was sponsored by sports betting company Coral, and broadcast on ITV4 in the United Kingdom, and Eurosport across Europe. The event featured 16 participants chosen from players who were the highest earners from the prior 13 ranking tournaments.

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion after beating Neil Robertson 10–4 in the 2019 final, but he failed to qualify for the 2020 event, being 18th in the rankings before the tournament began. The event was won by Judd Trump who defeated Yan Bingtao 10–4 in the final. It was the 16th ranking title of Trump's career, and his fifth ranking title of the season. With it, he equalled the record held jointly by Stephen Hendry, Ding Junhui, Mark Selby and O'Sullivan for the most ranking titles in a single season. There was a total of 18 century breaks made during the tournament, the highest of which was a 140 made by Neil Robertson.

Format

Interior of the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on the first day of the tournament

The 2020 Players Championship was a professional snooker tournament held from 24 February to 1 March 2020 at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre in Southport, England.[1][2][3] The event had 16 participants, chosen from players with the most ranking points in the 2019–20 snooker season at the beginning of the tournament.[3] To qualify for the event, players were chosen from points earned in the preceding 12 ranking tournaments, rather than by world rankings. Points scored at events from the 2019 Riga Masters until the 2020 Snooker Shoot Out added towards qualifying for the event.[4] The Players Championship was the second of three events in the Coral Cup, with the 2020 World Grand Prix and Tour Championship.[5][6] It was the 13th ranking event of the snooker season, following the Snooker Shoot Out and preceding the 2020 Gibraltar Open.[2] The event was sponsored by sports betting company Coral.[7]

Qualification

Qualification for the event was conducted on the basis of the one-year ranking list up to and including the 2020 Snooker Shoot Out.[8]

Rank Player Total Points
1  Judd Trump (ENG) 531,500
2  Shaun Murphy (ENG) 353,000
3  Neil Robertson (AUS) 274,500
4  Mark Selby (ENG) 267,500
5  Ding Junhui (CHN) 261,250
6  Yan Bingtao (CHN) 156,500
7  Mark Allen (NIR) 150,500
8  John Higgins (SCO) 143,500
9  Graeme Dott (SCO) 136,250
10  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA) 131,000
11  Kyren Wilson (ENG) 130,000
12  Stephen Maguire (SCO) 122,000
13  Mark Williams (WAL) 113,250
14  Joe Perry (ENG) 112,000
15  David Gilbert (ENG) 104,000
16  Michael Holt (ENG) 102,000

Prize fund

The event had a total prize fund of £385,000, with £125,000 to the winner. The participation prize was £10,000, which did not count towards a player's world ranking. The breakdown of prize money for the 2020 tournament is shown below:[9]

  • Winner: £125,000
  • Runner-up: £50,000
  • Semi-final: £30,000
  • Quarter-final: £15,000
  • Last 16: £10,000 (Prize money at this stage did not count towards prize money rankings)
  • Highest break: £10,000
  • Total: £385,000

Summary

Photo of Judd Trump
Judd Trump won the event, his sixth championship of the season

The first round was played between 24 and 26 February.[10] Two three-time World Snooker Championship winners met in the opening match, with Mark Selby completing a whitewash 6–0 win over Mark Williams. Selby considered his play to be "faultless".[11] Stephen Maguire defeated Ding Junhui on a deciding frame 6–5.[12] Both John Higgins and Yan Bingtao won their opening round matches 6–2, over Graeme Dott and Kyren Wilson, respectively.[10] World number one Judd Trump overcame Shoot Out champion Michael Holt 6–3, the same score-line that Mark Allen defeated Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.[10] Third seed Neil Robertson lost 4–6 to Joe Perry, having trailed in the match 1–5.[13][14] The final first round match was played between Shaun Murphy and David Gilbert.[10] Murphy led 4-1, was pegged back to 5-5 and made a break of 49 to win the decider.[15]

The quarter-finals were played between 26 and 28 February.[10] World number one Trump defeated Higgins 6–3, with Higgins making the only century break, a 123 in frame five.[16] Maguire led 4–1 over Selby but the match went to a deciding frame at 5–5. Maguire won the match in frame 11, his second 6–5 win of the tournament.[17] Yan Bingtao and Joe Perry also went to a deciding frame, with Yan leading 5–2, and Perry winning three successive frames to tie the match.[17] Yan won the match on the final black ball in frame 11.[10][18] The last quarter-final was played between second seed Murphy and seventh seed Allen.[10] Murphy won the opening three frames, before Allen won the next two, but Murphy won three straight frames to win 6–2.[19] Allen admitted that he had been suffering from conjunctivitis during the tournament, and "if it was any other tournament [he] would have had to pull out".[19]

The semi-finals were played on 29 February.[10] Trump led Maguire 3–1, but Magurire won the next four frame. Trailing 3–5, Trump won two frames to force a deciding frame, and made a break of 70 to win the match 6–5. Trump commented: "For a deciding frame that was probably the best clearance I’ve ever made."[20] Yan won the first three frames of his match against Murphy, making a break of 104 in frame 2.[21] Murphy won frame four, but lost the remaining frames to lose 1–6.[21] Murphy commented that he "had a bad night", but commended Yan's attitude after his defeat at the Welsh Open semi-final.[21]

The final was played as the best-of-19 frames held over two sessions on 1 March 2020.[10][22] Yan Bingtao played reigning world champion Judd Trump. Trump won the opening frame, before Yangtao won the second with breaks of 70 and 55.[23] Trump then won the next four frames with four breaks over 50. The final frame of the first session was won by Yan, as he made a break of 95 to trail 2–5.[23] Yan also won two of the next three frames, before Trump made breaks of 108, and 68 to lead 8–4 into the mid-session interval.[23] Trump won the two following frames to win the match 10–4, and his fifth ranking event of the season.[22] After the match, Trump commented that he was "proud" of the achevement, and that it had been "an amazing two years" for him.[22]

Tournament draw

Last 16
Best of 11 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
            
1  Judd Trump (ENG) 6
16  Michael Holt (ENG) 3
1 England Judd Trump 6
8 Scotland John Higgins 3
8  John Higgins (SCO) 6
9  Graeme Dott (SCO) 2
1 England Judd Trump 6
12 Scotland Stephen Maguire 5
5  Ding Junhui (CHN) 5
12  Stephen Maguire (SCO) 6
12 Scotland Stephen Maguire 6
4 England Mark Selby 5
4  Mark Selby (ENG) 6
13  Mark Williams (WAL) 0
1 England Judd Trump 10
6 China Yan Bingtao 4
3  Neil Robertson (AUS) 4
14  Joe Perry (ENG) 6
14 England Joe Perry 5
6 China Yan Bingtao 6
6  Yan Bingtao (CHN) 6
11  Kyren Wilson (ENG) 2
6 China Yan Bingtao 6
2 England Shaun Murphy 1
7  Mark Allen (NIR) 6
10  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA) 3
7 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 2
2 England Shaun Murphy 6
2  Shaun Murphy (ENG) 6
15  David Gilbert (ENG) 5

Final

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Desislava Bozhilova
Waterfront, Southport, England, 1 March 2020
Judd Trump (1)
 England
10–4 Yan Bingtao (6)
 China
Afternoon: 76–74 (Yan 70), 6–86 (55), 75–0 (75), 62–31, 122–0 (122), 76–8 (50), 75–0 (75), 27–101 (95)
Evening: 0–85 (77), 19–69, 109–9 (108), 72–0 (68), 88–36, 97–16 (60)
122 Highest break 95
2 Century breaks 0
7 50+ breaks 4

Century breaks

There was a total of 18 century breaks made during the tournament, the highest of which was a 140 made by Neil Robertson.[24]

References

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