2019 UK Championship


The 2019 UK Championship (also known as the 2019 Betway UK Championship for sponsorship reasons) was a professional snooker tournament that took place from 26 November to 8 December 2019 in the Barbican Centre, York, England. The 43rd edition of the UK Championship, it was the seventh ranking tournament and the first Triple Crown event of the 2019–20 season. The event was broadcast on BBC Sport in the United Kingdom and on Eurosport throughout Europe. The tournament was sponsored by betting company Betway.

2019 Betway UK Championship
Tournament information
Dates26 November – 8 December 2019
VenueBarbican Centre
CityYork
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,009,000
Winner's share£200,000
Highest break Barry Hawkins (ENG) (147)
Final
Champion Ding Junhui (CHN)
Runner-up Stephen Maguire (SCO)
Score10–6
2018
2020

The defending champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan, had won the previous two championships, defeating Shaun Murphy 10–5 in the 2017 final, and Mark Allen 10–6 in the 2018 final. O'Sullivan was eliminated in the last 16 by Ding Junhui, who won the match 6–4 and proceeded to reach the final of the event, defeating compatriots Liang Wenbo and Yan Bingtao, both 6–2, in the two intervening rounds. Ding's opponent in the final was Stephen Maguire, who had won his semi-final 6–0 against Mark Allen. Ding defeated Maguire 10–6 to win his third UK championship.[1]

Barry Hawkins compiled a maximum break in the fourth frame of his first round match with Gerard Greene. It was the first maximum break to be made at the UK Championship since 2016, and the third of Hawkins' career. There were a total of 139 century breaks in the event.

Overview


The setup inside the York Barbican during the event

The 2019 UK Championship took place between 26 November and 8 December 2019 at the York Barbican, York, England.[2] It was the 11th ranking event of the 2019–20 snooker season, and the first Triple Crown event of the season.[2][3][4] All 128 players from the World Snooker Tour participated. Every match, except for the final, was played over a maximum of 11 frames, and the final was held over two sessions as a best-of-19-frames match.[5] The first round of the competition started on 26 November, with players seeded according to their world rankings.[6]

The defending champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan, had won the previous two UK championships, having defeated Shaun Murphy 10–5 in the 2017 final,[7] and Mark Allen 10–6 in the 2018 final.[8] O'Sullivan was seeded first, as defending champion, ahead of world number one Judd Trump.[6] The tournament was broadcast live in the United Kingdom by BBC Sport, and shown on Eurosport in Europe.[9] Worldwide, the event was covered by China Central Television and Superstars Online in China, and by Sky Sports in New Zealand.[9] It was simulcast in Hong Kong by Now TV with additional commentary; DAZN covered the event across Canada, Brazil and the United States.[9]

Prize fund

The total prize fund for the event was more than £1,000,000 for the first time,[10] the winner receiving £200,000. The breakdown of prize money is shown below:[11]

  • Winner: £200,000
  • Runner-up: £80,000
  • Semi-final: £40,000
  • Quarter-final: £24,500
  • Last 16: £17,000
  • Last 32: £12,000
  • Last 64: £6,500
  • Highest break: £15,000
  • Total: £1,009,000

Summary


Barry Hawkins made a maximum break in his first-round win over Gerard Greene.

The 2019 UK Championship began with the opening round from 26 November.[12] World number eight Shaun Murphy lost to Israeli player Eden Sharav 4–6.[13] Murphy had led the match 3–1, before Sharav won five of the next six frames to win the match.[13] World number 118 James Cahill defeated world number 11 David Gilbert 6–4.[14] Gilbert commented after the match that there were "no positives" from the match, and he wanted to "smash up [his] cue".[14] Barry Hawkins compiled the highest break of the tournament, when he made a maximum break in the fourth frame of his 6–2 win over Gerard Greene.[15][16] Kyren Wilson completed a 6–0 whitewash win over Riley Parsons, whilst Mark Williams defeated Fraser Patrick 6–2, despite calling his own performance "awful".[17]

Two-time winner Mark Williams was defeated in the second round by Michael White.[18] World number nine Kyren Wilson was defeated by world number 56 Marco Fu in a deciding frame 5–6.[16][19] In the third round, world number one Judd Trump was defeated by 54-year-old Nigel Bond 3–6. Bond trailed 1–3 early in the match, but won five straight frames to win the match.[20] Trump had been attempting to hold all three Triple Crown events simultaneously, having won the Masters tournament and the World Championship earlier in the year.[20] Ranked 98th in the world, Bond also progressed to the quarter-finals after defeating Gary Wilson 6–5, having trailed 2–5.[21] Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan met Ding Junhui in the last 16, but failed to pot a ball in the first three frames. However, O'Sullivan made back-to-back century breaks to tie the match at 4–4, before Ding took the final two frames to win 6–4.[22]

Ding Junhui won the tournament for the third time, defeating Stephen Maguire 10–6.

Having last reached the quarter-finals 16 years previously, Nigel Bond met Mark Allen. Bond led 3–1, but Allen won the next three frames, before Bond tied the match twice to force a deciding frame.[23] Allen won the decider, but commented that the match table was "probably the worst I have played on as a professional".[23] Stephen Maguire, who was still recovering from a fractured foot from October, defeated Matthew Stevens 6–4.[23] Teenager Yan Bingtao defeated three-time champion John Higgins 6–3 despite not making a break over 50.[24] Ding Junhui defeated fellow Chinese player Liang Wenbo in the last quarter-final 6–2.[24] In the semi-finals, Ding defeated Yan Bingtao 6–2, with Yan only making one break over 50.[25] In the other semi-final, Maguire completed a 6–0 whitewash win over Allen in just 89 minutes.[26] Post match, Allen commented that he was "a bit shell-shocked" by the result and that Maguire "played superbly from start to finish. He went for his shots, was aggressive and looked like he wanted it. If he plays like that, he will definitely beat Ding."[27][28]

The final was played as the best of 19 frames on 8 December. Stephen Maguire had won the event previously in 2004 and had again reached the final in 2007,[29] but had not won a ranking event since the 2013 Welsh Open.[30] His opponent Ding Junhui had won the event in both 2005 and 2009, but had also not won a ranking event in the prior two years.[30] Ding won the first four frames of the match, including two century breaks, before Maguire won the next three.[29] Ding won the eighth frame to lead 5–3 at the end of the session, before winning the next two frames to lead 7–3. Maguire took frame 11 after a fluke but Ding won the next with a break of 67.[29] Frame 13 went to Maguire who made a century break after Ding missed a pot on the black ball, and Maguire made another century in frame 14.[29] However, Ding made a century break of his own in frame 15 to lead 9–6 and won the match in frame 16 with his fourth century of the final.[29][30] This was Ding's third UK Championship title, his first in ten years.[30]

Tournament draw


The results of the event are shown below. The winners of each match are indicated in bold.[31]

Top half

Section 1
Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
1  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) 6
 Ross Bulman (IRL) 0
1 Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
65 Tian Pengfei 0
64  Sam Craigie (ENG) 4
65  Tian Pengfei (CHN) 6
1 Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
32 Noppon Saengkham 2
32  Noppon Saengkham (THA) 6
97  Jackson Page (WAL) 5
32 Noppon Saengkham 6
33 Anthony McGill 3
33  Anthony McGill (SCO) 6
96  Mitchell Mann (ENG) 1
1 Ronnie O'Sullivan 4
16 Ding Junhui 6
16  Ding Junhui (CHN) 6
113  Duane Jones (WAL) 2
16 Ding Junhui 6
49 Michael Georgiou 2
49  Michael Georgiou (CYP) 6
80  Oliver Lines (ENG) 4
16 Ding Junhui 6
17 Ali Carter 4
17  Ali Carter (ENG) 6
112  Brandon Sargeant (ENG) 0
17 Ali Carter 6
48 Robert Milkins 2
48  Robert Milkins (ENG) 6
81  Harvey Chandler (ENG) 4
Section 2
Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
41  Li Hang (CHN) 6
88  Jamie Clarke (WAL) 1
41 Li Hang 6
24 Xiao Guodong 4
24  Xiao Guodong (CHN) 6
105  Rod Lawler (ENG) 1
41 Li Hang 6
56 Marco Fu 4
56  Marco Fu (HKG) 6
73  Craig Steadman (ENG) 3
56 Marco Fu 6
9 Kyren Wilson 5
9  Kyren Wilson (ENG) 6
120  Riley Parsons (ENG) 0
41 Li Hang 4
40 Liang Wenbo 6
40  Liang Wenbo (CHN) 6
89  Dominic Dale (WAL) 5
40 Liang Wenbo 6
104 David Grace 3
25  Tom Ford (ENG) 3
104  David Grace (ENG) 6
40 Liang Wenbo 6
121 Eden Sharav 4
57  Daniel Wells (WAL) 6
72  Zhang Anda (CHN) 3
57 Daniel Wells 2
121 Eden Sharav 6
8  Shaun Murphy (ENG) 4
121  Eden Sharav (ISR) 6
Section 3
Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
5  John Higgins (SCO) 6
124  Peter Lines (ENG) 0
5 John Higgins 6
60 Lu Ning 1
60  Lu Ning (CHN) 6
69  Joe O'Connor (ENG) 0
5 John Higgins 6
101 Ian Burns 1
28  Matthew Selt (ENG) 0
101  Ian Burns (ENG) 6
101 Ian Burns 6
37 Michael Holt 5
37  Michael Holt (ENG) 6
92  Adam Stefanow (POL) 1
5 John Higgins 6
12 Stuart Bingham 4
12  Stuart Bingham (ENG) 6
117  Lei Peifan (CHN) 4
12 Stuart Bingham 6
53 Martin Gould 4
53  Martin Gould (ENG) 6
76  Alfie Burden (ENG) 4
12 Stuart Bingham 6
44 Zhao Xintong 1
21  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA) 6
108  Jamie O'Neill (ENG) 5
21 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4
44 Zhao Xintong 6
44  Zhao Xintong (CHN) 6
85  Alexander Ursenbacher (SUI) 5
Section 4
Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
45  Stuart Carrington (ENG) 6
84  James Wattana (THA) 3
45 Stuart Carrington 2
20 Yan Bingtao 6
20  Yan Bingtao (CHN) 6
109  Igor Figueiredo (BRA) 1
20 Yan Bingtao 6
13 Jack Lisowski 3
52  Peter Ebdon (ENG) 6
77  John Astley (ENG) 5
52 Peter Ebdon 2
13 Jack Lisowski 6
13  Jack Lisowski (ENG) 6
116  David Lilley (ENG) 2
20 Yan Bingtao 6
4 Neil Robertson 1
36  Mark King (ENG) 6
93  Chang Bingyu (CHN) 5
36 Mark King 6
29 Lyu Haotian 1
29  Lyu Haotian (CHN) 6
100  Andy Lee (HKG) 1
36 Mark King 4
4 Neil Robertson 6
61  Robbie Williams (ENG) 6
68  Luo Honghao (CHN) 3
61 Robbie Williams 4
4 Neil Robertson 6
4  Neil Robertson (AUS) 6
125  Alex Borg (MLT) 0

Bottom half

Section 5
Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
3  Mark Williams (WAL) 6
126  Fraser Patrick (SCO) 2
3 Mark Williams 2
62 Michael White 6
62  Michael White (WAL) 6
67  Fergal O'Brien (IRL) 2
62 Michael White 6
35 Mark Davis 5
30  Zhou Yuelong (CHN) 4
99  Fan Zhengyi (CHN) 6
99 Fan Zhengyi 4
35 Mark Davis 6
35  Mark Davis (ENG) 6
94  Si Jiahui (CHN) 5
62 Michael White 4
14 Stephen Maguire 6
14  Stephen Maguire (SCO) 6
115  Billy Joe Castle (ENG) 4
14 Stephen Maguire 6
78 Jordan Brown 2
51  Mark Joyce (ENG) 2
78  Jordan Brown (NIR) 6
14 Stephen Maguire 6
19 Graeme Dott 2
19  Graeme Dott (SCO) 6
110  Barry Pinches (ENG) 1
19 Graeme Dott 6
46 Yuan Sijun 0
46  Yuan Sijun (CHN) 6
83  Hammad Miah (ENG) 5
Section 6
Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
43  Matthew Stevens (WAL) 6
86  Chen Feilong (CHN) 0
43 Matthew Stevens 6
22 Ryan Day 5
22  Ryan Day (WAL) 6
107  Soheil Vahedi (IRN) 3
43 Matthew Stevens 6
54 Anthony Hamilton 2
54  Anthony Hamilton (ENG) 6
75  Sam Baird (ENG) 2
54 Anthony Hamilton 6
118 James Cahill 3
11  David Gilbert (ENG) 4
118  James Cahill (ENG) 6
43 Matthew Stevens 6
6 Mark Selby 5
38  Martin O'Donnell (ENG) 6
91  Kishan Hirani (WAL) 4
38 Martin O'Donnell 6
27 Ricky Walden 2
27  Ricky Walden (ENG) 6
102  Xu Si (CHN) 3
38 Martin O'Donnell 3
6 Mark Selby 6
59  Liam Highfield (ENG) 6
70  Mike Dunn (ENG) 2
59 Liam Highfield 3
6 Mark Selby 6
6  Mark Selby (ENG) 6
123  Andy Hicks (ENG) 0
Section 7
Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
7  Mark Allen (NIR) 6
122  Jimmy White (ENG) 3
7 Mark Allen 6
71 Jak Jones 5
58  Andrew Higginson (ENG) 4
71  Jak Jones (WAL) 6
7 Mark Allen 6
39 Ben Woollaston 1
26  Scott Donaldson (SCO) 6
103  Chen Zifan (CHN) 1
26 Scott Donaldson 4
39 Ben Woollaston 6
39  Ben Woollaston (ENG) 6
90  Zhang Jiankang (CHN) 2
7 Mark Allen 6
42 Kurt Maflin 5
10  Barry Hawkins (ENG) 6
119  Gerard Greene (NIR) 2
10 Barry Hawkins 4
55 Alan McManus 6
55  Alan McManus (SCO) 6
74  Elliot Slessor (ENG) 1
55 Alan McManus 2
42 Kurt Maflin 6
23  Jimmy Robertson (ENG) 6
106  Kacper Filipiak (POL) 4
23 Jimmy Robertson 2
42 Kurt Maflin 6
42  Kurt Maflin (NOR) 6
87  Thor Chuan Leong (MYS) 2
Section 8
Last 128
Best of 11 frames
Last 64
Best of 11 frames
Last 32
Best of 11 frames
Last 16
Best of 11 frames
            
47  Chris Wakelin (ENG) 6
82  Ashley Carty (ENG) 3
47 Chris Wakelin 4
18 Gary Wilson 6
18  Gary Wilson (ENG) 6
111  Bai Langning (CHN) 3
18 Gary Wilson 6
15 Joe Perry 1
50  Sunny Akani (THA) 6
79  Lee Walker (WAL) 4
50 Sunny Akani 3
15 Joe Perry 6
15  Joe Perry (ENG) 6
114  Simon Lichtenberg (GER) 5
18 Gary Wilson 5
98 Nigel Bond 6
34  Hossein Vafaei (IRN) 5
95  Louis Heathcote (ENG) 6
95 Louis Heathcote 5
98 Nigel Bond 6
31  Luca Brecel (BEL) 5
98  Nigel Bond (ENG) 6
98 Nigel Bond 6
2 Judd Trump 3
63  Ken Doherty (IRL) 4
66  Mei Xiwen (CHN) 6
66 Mei Xiwen 1
2 Judd Trump 6
2  Judd Trump (ENG) 6
127  Amine Amiri (MAR) 0

Finals

Quarter-finals
Best of 11 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 19 frames
         
16 Ding Junhui 6
40 Liang Wenbo 2
16 Ding Junhui 6
20 Yan Bingtao 2
5 John Higgins 3
20 Yan Bingtao 6
16 Ding Junhui 10
14 Stephen Maguire 6
14 Stephen Maguire 6
43 Matthew Stevens 4
14 Stephen Maguire 6
7 Mark Allen 0
7 Mark Allen 6
98 Nigel Bond 5

Final

Final: Best of 19 frames. Referee: Greg Coniglio
Barbican Centre, York, England, 8 December 2019.
Ding Junhui (16)
 China
10–6 Stephen Maguire (14)
 Scotland
Afternoon: 95–38, 62–23 (56), 105–16 (105), 128–12 (128), 25–93, 49–77 (67), 12–76, 67–28 (66)
Evening: 83–5 (83), 73–53 (Maguire 53), 0–104 (103), 71–27 (67), 1–104 (103), 0–124 (124), 131–0 (131), 114–8 (114)
131 Highest break 124
4 Century breaks 3
8 50+ breaks 5

Century breaks


A total of 139 century breaks were made by 58 players during the championship.[32] Barry Hawkins made the highest of the tournament, making a maximum break in his first round win over Gerard Greene.[33] It was the first maximum break to be made at the UK Championship since 2016, and the third of Hawkins' career.[33]

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