2013 Wuxi Classic


The 2013 Sports Lottery Cup Wuxi Classic was a professional ranking snooker tournament held between 17–23 June 2013 at the Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium in Wuxi, China. It was the first ranking event of the 2013/2014 season.[1]

Sports Lottery Cup Wuxi Classic
Tournament information
Dates17–23 June 2013
VenueWuxi City Sports Park Stadium
CityWuxi
CountryChina
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£470,000
Winner's share£80,000
Highest break138 (x2)
Final
Champion Neil Robertson
Runner-up John Higgins
Score10–7
2012
2014

The tournament was the first to use the new format, similar to the one used in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events, where every player, including members of the top 16, started in the first round.[2] Some of the sport's biggest names did not reach the tournament's final stage. Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrew for personal reasons shortly before his qualifying match against Michael Wasley.[3] World number one Mark Selby lost his qualifying match 3–5 to Andrew Pagett.[4] World number four Shaun Murphy also exited the tournament at the qualifying stage, losing 1–5 to Alex Davies.[5]

Nine-time women's world champion Reanne Evans defeated Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5–4 in her qualifying match to become the first woman ever to reach the final stages of a major professional ranking tournament.[6][7] Evans was chosen as one of four players to play against local opponents in the wildcard round, and she lost 2–5 against Chinese teenager Zhu Yinghui.[8][9]

Ricky Walden was the defending champion,[10][11] but he lost 2–5 against Jimmy White in the last 64.[9][12]

Neil Robertson won his eighth ranking title by defeating John Higgins 10–7 in the final.[13][14] Robertson also made the 98th official maximum break during his qualifying match against Mohamed Khairy. This was Robertson's second 147 break and the first in the 2013/2014 season.[15]

Prize fund


The total prize money of the event was raised to £470,000 from the previous year's £400,000. This is £45,000 more than what was announced in 2012.[16] The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[17]

Wildcard round


These matches were played in Wuxi on 17 June 2013.[18][19][20][21][22]

Match Score
WC1 Jimmy Robertson 5–4 Zhou Yuelong
WC2 Reanne Evans 2–5 Zhu Yinghui
WC3 Vinnie Calabrese 5–4 Zhao Xintong
WC4 Adam Duffy 3–5 Lu Ning

Main draw


[19][20][21][22]

Last 64
Best of 9 frames
Last 32
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
                  
Ricky Walden 2
Jimmy White 5
Jimmy White 3
Robert Milkins 5
John Astley 0
Robert Milkins 5
Robert Milkins 5
Scott Donaldson 1
Scott Donaldson 5
Gareth Green 3
Scott Donaldson 5
Jimmy Robertson 4
Jimmy Robertson 5
Graeme Dott 0
Robert Milkins 5
Anthony Hamilton 3
Mark Williams 5
Liam Highfield 4
Mark Williams 5
Jack Lisowski 4
Tian Pengfei 0
Jack Lisowski 5
Mark Williams 3
Anthony Hamilton 5
Ryan Day 2
Anthony Hamilton 5
Anthony Hamilton 5
Stuart Bingham 2
Yu Delu 2
Stuart Bingham 5
Robert Milkins 2
Neil Robertson 6
Alex Davies 2
Joel Walker 5
Joel Walker 2
Ben Woollaston 5
Chen Zhe 2
Ben Woollaston 5
Ben Woollaston 3
Cao Yupeng 5
Michael White 3
Cao Yupeng 5
Cao Yupeng 5
Barry Hawkins 4
Fergal O'Brien 3
Barry Hawkins 5
Cao Yupeng 4
Neil Robertson 5
Marco Fu 5
Nigel Bond 2
Marco Fu 4
Mark King 5
Rory McLeod 3
Mark King 5
Mark King 0
Neil Robertson 5
Martin Gould 5
Kurt Maflin 3
Martin Gould 2
Neil Robertson 5
Zhu Yinghui 2
Neil Robertson 5
Neil Robertson 10
John Higgins 7
Andrew Pagett 2
David Gilbert 5
David Gilbert 5
Alan McManus 2
Alan McManus 5
Ken Doherty 3
David Gilbert 2
Joe Perry 5
Joe Perry 5
Jamie Cope 2
Joe Perry 5
Ding Junhui 1
Jamie Burnett 3
Ding Junhui 5
Joe Perry 2
John Higgins 5
John Higgins 5
Vinnie Calabrese 1
John Higgins 5
Dechawat Poomjaeng 1
Dechawat Poomjaeng 5
Dominic Dale 1
John Higgins 5
Xiao Guodong 0
Peter Ebdon 3
Xiao Guodong 5
Xiao Guodong 5
Li Hang 4
Li Hang 5
Judd Trump 2
John Higgins 6
Matthew Stevens 2
Mark Allen 4
Peter Lines 5
Peter Lines 5
Andrew Higginson 2
Steve Davis 1
Andrew Higginson 5
Peter Lines 3
Matthew Stevens 5
Liang Wenbo 5
Jamie Jones 4
Liang Wenbo 3
Matthew Stevens 5
Lu Ning 1
Matthew Stevens 5
Matthew Stevens 5
David Morris 2
Ali Carter 5
Alfie Burden 2
Ali Carter 5
Lyu Haotian 0
Lyu Haotian 5
Craig Steadman 3
Ali Carter 4
David Morris 5
David Morris 5
Gary Wilson 4
David Morris 5
Gerard Greene 2
Gerard Greene 5
Michael Wasley 1

Final


Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Michaela Tabb.
Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium, Wuxi, China, 23 June 2013.[22][23]
Neil Robertson
 Australia
10–7 John Higgins
 Scotland
Afternoon: 80–6 (61), 0–78 (78), 31–83 (56), 99–0 (91), 32–78 (70), 1–111 (93), 16–82 (82), 72–0 (52), 118–6 (113)
Evening: 91–0, 106–6 (57), 66–52, 83–0 (59), 1–67 (66), 71–9, 53–66, 97–0 (65)
113 Highest break 93
1 Century breaks 0
7 50+ breaks 6

Qualifying


These matches were held between 27 and 29 May 2013 at The Capital Venue in Gloucester, England. All matches were best of 9 frames.[24][25][26][27]

Century breaks


Qualifying stage centuries

[28]

Televised stage centuries

[29]

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