2018 Welsh Open (snooker)


The 2018 ManBetX Welsh Open was a professional ranking snooker tournament, that took place from 26 February to 4 March 2018 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.[1] It was the sixteenth ranking event of the 2017/2018 season and a part of the Home Nations Series.

Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates26 February – 4 March 2018
VenueMotorpoint Arena
CityCardiff
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£366,000
Winner's share£70,000
Highest break John Higgins (144)
Final
Champion John Higgins
Runner-up Barry Hawkins
Score9–7
2017
2019

The defending champion Stuart Bingham[2] lost 1–4 to Matthew Stevens in the last 32.[3]

John Higgins won a record fifth Welsh Open title and 30th ranking title overall, beating Barry Hawkins 9–7 in the final.[4]

Prize fund


The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5]

The "rolling 147 prize" for a maximum break stood at £20,000

Main draw


Qualifying round

Rhydian Richards 4–3 Darren Morgan

Top half

Section 1
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Stuart Bingham (1)4
 
 
 
Chen Zhe1
 
Stuart Bingham (1)4
 
 
 
Jackson Page2
 
Jackson Page4
 
 
 
Sean O'Sullivan3
 
Stuart Bingham (1)1
 
 
 
Matthew Stevens4
 
Scott Donaldson4
 
 
 
Fergal O'Brien2
 
Scott Donaldson2
 
 
 
Matthew Stevens4
 
Matthew Stevens4
 
 
 
Ken Doherty1
 
Matthew Stevens2
 
 
 
Yan Bingtao4
 
Ryan Day (16)2
 
 
 
Kurt Dunham4
 
Kurt Dunham2
 
 
 
Yan Bingtao4
 
Jimmy White3
 
 
 
Yan Bingtao4
 
Yan Bingtao4
 
 
 
Peter Ebdon1
 
Wang Yuchen1
 
 
 
Peter Ebdon4
 
Peter Ebdon4
 
 
 
Anthony Hamilton1
 
Anthony Hamilton4
 
 
David Gilbert3
 
Section 2
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Fang Xiongman4
 
 
 
Yuan Sijun3
 
Fang Xiongman4
 
 
 
Chen Zifan2
 
Chen Zifan4
 
 
 
Zhou Yuelong1
 
Fang Xiongman2
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins (9)4
 
Rod Lawler0
 
 
 
Tom Ford4
 
Tom Ford0
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins (9)4
 
Barry Hawkins (9)4
 
 
 
Niu Zhuang1
 
Barry Hawkins (9)4
 
 
 
Martin Gould2
 
Li Yuan1
 
 
 
Ricky Walden4
 
Ricky Walden3
 
 
 
Martin Gould4
 
Michael White2
 
 
 
Martin Gould4
 
Martin Gould4
 
 
 
Mark Williams (8)2
 
Aditya Mehta4
 
 
 
Martin O'Donnell3
 
Aditya Mehta3
 
 
 
Mark Williams (8)4
 
Mark Williams (8)4
 
 
Mark King2
 
Section 3
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Ding Junhui (5)4
 
 
 
Hammad Miah0
 
Ding Junhui (5)1
 
 
 
Liam Highfield4
 
Li Hangw/d
 
 
 
Liam Highfieldw/o
 
Liam Highfield4
 
 
 
Chris Wakelin1
 
Xiao Guodong0
 
 
 
Chris Wakelin4
 
Chris Wakelin4
 
 
 
Andrew Higginson2
 
Andrew Higginson4
 
 
 
Ashley Hugill3
 
Liam Highfield3
 
 
 
Ian Burns4
 
Neil Robertson (12)4
 
 
 
Mark Davis1
 
Neil Robertson (12)3
 
 
 
Ian Burns4
 
Jamie Curtis-Barrett1
 
 
 
Ian Burns4
 
Ian Burns4
 
 
 
Sunny Akani2
 
Jamie Jones4
 
 
 
Alexander Ursenbacher1
 
Jamie Jones1
 
 
 
Sunny Akani4
 
Tian Pengfei1
 
 
Sunny Akani4
 
Section 4
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Zhang Yong1
 
 
 
James Wattana4
 
James Wattana4
 
 
 
Michael Holt2
 
Michael Holt4
 
 
 
Elliot Slessor2
 
James Wattana3
 
 
 
Kyren Wilson (13)4
 
Rory McLeod4
 
 
 
Adam Duffy2
 
Rory McLeod0
 
 
 
Kyren Wilson (13)4
 
Kyren Wilson (13)4
 
 
 
Robert Milkins1
 
Kyren Wilson (13)0
 
 
 
Noppon Saengkham4
 
Craig Steadman4
 
 
 
David John1
 
Craig Steadman4
 
 
 
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh2
 
Hossein Vafaei2
 
 
 
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh4
 
Craig Steadman2
 
 
 
Noppon Saengkham4
 
Noppon Saengkham4
 
 
 
Ross Muir2
 
Noppon Saengkham4
 
 
 
Judd Trump (4)1
 
Judd Trump (4)4
 
 
Duane Jones3
 

Bottom half

Section 5
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)w/o
 
 
 
Robin Hullw/d
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)4
 
 
 
Graeme Dott0
 
Sanderson Lam0
 
 
 
Graeme Dott4
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)4
 
 
 
David Grace0
 
David Grace4
 
 
 
Rhydian Richards 3
 
David Grace4
 
 
 
Jak Jones0
 
Mei Xiwen3
 
 
 
Jak Jones4
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)4
 
 
 
Mike Dunn0
 
Luca Brecel (14)4
 
 
 
Josh Boileau2
 
Luca Brecel (14)1
 
 
 
Mike Dunn 4
 
Hamza Akbar0
 
 
 
Mike Dunn4
 
Mike Dunn4
 
 
 
Xu Si2
 
Alan McManus0
 
 
 
Xu Si4
 
Xu Si4
 
 
 
Michael Georgiou2
 
Mitchell Mann0
 
 
Michael Georgiou4
 
Section 6
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Paul Davison2
 
 
 
Lyu Haotian4
 
Lyu Haotian2
 
 
 
Jack Lisowski4
 
Jack Lisowski4
 
 
 
Mark Joyce3
 
Jack Lisowski3
 
 
 
Nigel Bond4
 
Nigel Bond4
 
 
 
Lukas Kleckers2
 
Nigel Bond4
 
 
 
Ali Carter (11)3
 
Ali Carter (11)4
 
 
 
Rhys Clark0
 
Nigel Bond0
 
 
 
John Higgins (6)4
 
Sam Craigie4
 
 
 
Leo Fernandez0
 
Sam Craigie4
 
 
 
Kurt Maflin1
 
Jimmy Robertson0
 
 
 
Kurt Maflin4
 
Sam Craigie0
 
 
 
John Higgins (6)4
 
Joe Perry2
 
 
 
Stephen Maguire4
 
Stephen Maguire1
 
 
 
John Higgins (6)4
 
John Higgins (6)4
 
 
Matthew Selt2
 
Section 7
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Shaun Murphy (7)0
 
 
 
Gerard Greene4
 
Gerard Greene4
 
 
 
Stuart Carrington3
 
Stuart Carrington4
 
 
 
Peter Lines3
 
Gerard Greene3
 
 
 
John Astley4
 
Dominic Dale4
 
 
 
Chris Totten0
 
Dominic Dale2
 
 
 
John Astley4
 
John Astley4
 
 
 
Zhang Anda2
 
John Astley2
 
 
 
Gary Wilson4
 
Mark Allen (10)4
 
 
 
Cao Yupeng2
 
Mark Allen (10)4
 
 
 
Soheil Vahedi1
 
Alex Borg0
 
 
 
Soheil Vahedi4
 
Mark Allen (10)3
 
 
 
Gary Wilson4
 
Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
Sam Baird1
 
Gary Wilson4
 
 
 
Daniel Wells3
 
Daniel Wells4
 
 
Lee Walker1
 
Section 8
 
Last 128
Best of 7 frames
Last 64
Best of 7 frames
Last 32
Best of 7 frames
Last 16
Best of 7 frames
 
              
 
 
 
 
Oliver Lines4
 
 
 
Eden Sharav3
 
Oliver Lines2
 
 
 
Yu Delu4
 
Yu Delu4
 
 
 
Billy Joe Castle2
 
Yu Delu4
 
 
 
Ben Woollaston0
 
Thor Chuan Leong3
 
 
 
Ben Woollaston4
 
Ben Woollaston4
 
 
 
Anthony McGill (15)3
 
Anthony McGill (15)4
 
 
 
Basem Eltahhan1
 
Yu Delu4
 
 
 
Liang Wenbo1
 
Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
Allan Taylor0
 
Robbie Williams4
 
 
 
Ian Preece0
 
Ian Preece4
 
 
 
Zhao Xintong2
 
Robbie Williams3
 
 
 
Liang Wenbo4
 
Alfie Burden3
 
 
 
Liang Wenbo4
 
Liang Wenbo4
 
 
 
Mark Selby (2)3
 
Christopher Keogan2
 
 
Mark Selby (2)4
 

Finals

 
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
          
 
 
 
 
Yan Bingtao1
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins (9)5
 
Barry Hawkins (9)6
 
 
 
Noppon Saengkham4
 
Ian Burns3
 
 
 
Noppon Saengkham5
 
Barry Hawkins (9)7
 
 
 
John Higgins (6)9
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)1
 
 
 
John Higgins (6)5
 
John Higgins (6)6
 
 
 
Gary Wilson2
 
Gary Wilson5
 
 
Yu Delu2
 

Final


Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Terry Camilleri.
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, 4 March 2018.
Barry Hawkins (9)
 England
7–9 John Higgins (6)
 Scotland
Afternoon: 66–55, 0–138 (138), 70–68 (Higgins 68), 0–141 (141), 66–16, 131–0 (130), 14–83 (51), 15–73 (58)
Evening: 1–56, 44–59, 125–6 (103), 142–0 (138), 44–70 (66), 55–65, 82–0 (82), 0–72 (64)
138 Highest break 141
3 Century breaks 2
4 50+ breaks 7

Century breaks


Total: 66[6]

References


  1. "2017/18 World Snooker Calendar" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  2. "Bingham Is Prince Of Wales". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. "Home Favourite Stevens Ends Bingham's Reign". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. "Higgins Wins Record Fifth Welsh Crown". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. "Indicative Prize Money Rankings Schedule 2017/2018 Season" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  6. "Welsh Open 2018 Centuries". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 25 February – 4 March 2018. Archived from the original on 15 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.