2021 Welsh Open (snooker)


The 2021 Welsh Open (also known as the BetVictor Welsh Open for sponsorship reasons) was a professional snooker tournament that took place from 15 to 21 February 2021 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. It was the 10th ranking event of the 2020–21 snooker season and the 30th edition of the Welsh Open, first held in 1992. It was the fifth of six events in the European Series and the fourth and final event of the Home Nations Series. The event was sponsored by sports betting company BetVictor, with the winner being awarded £70,000 from a total prize fund of £405,000.

2021 BetVictor Welsh Open
Tournament information
Dates15–21 February 2021
VenueCeltic Manor Resort
CityNewport
CountryWales
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£405,000
Winner's share£70,000
Highest break Zhao Xintong (CHN) (143)
Final
Champion Jordan Brown (NIR)
Runner-up Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG)
Score9–8
2020
2022

Shaun Murphy was the defending champion, having won the 2020 event with a 9–1 victory over Kyren Wilson in the final. However, Murphy lost 5–4 to Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals. Jordan Brown defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–8 in the final to win the first ranking title of his career. Ranked 81st in the world, Brown became the lowest-ranked player to win a ranking event since world number 93 Dave Harold won the 1993 Asian Open.[1] He also became the first Northern Irish player to win a Welsh Open title.[2]

Format


The Welsh Open began as a ranking tournament in 1992.[3] The 2021 tournament took place at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport between 15 and 21 February, the thirtieth edition of the event.[4][5] It was the tenth World Snooker Tour ranking competition in the 2020-21 snooker season, following the Snooker Shoot Out and preceding the 2021 Players Championship.[6] It was the fifth of six events in the BetVictor European Series and the fourth and final event of the Home Nations Series.[7]

The defending Welsh Open champion from 2020 was Shaun Murphy who won the final with a 9–1 victory over Kyren Wilson.[8] All matches were best-of-seven frames until the quarter-finals, which were the best-of-nine, the semi-finals the best-of-eleven.[9] The final was played over two sessions, as the best-of-17 frames.[10] The event was sponsored by sports betting company BetVictor, and broadcast locally by BBC Cymru Wales; Quest and Eurosport in Europe; and worldwide by Matchroom Sport.[11][6]

Prize fund

The event's total prize fund was £405,000, with the winner receiving £70,000. The player accumulating the highest amount of prize money over the six events receives a bonus of £150,000. The breakdown of prize money is shown below:[12]

  • Winner: £70,000
  • Runner-up: £30,000
  • Semi-final: £20,000
  • Quarter-final: £10,000
  • Last 16: £7,500
  • Last 32: £4,000
  • Last 64: £3,000
  • Highest break: £5,000
  • Total: £405,000

Summary


Early rounds

The first two rounds of the competition were played between 15 and 17 February, with rounds three and four on the 18 February.[13] Defending champion Shaun Murphy was 20th in the one year ranking event, and required to move up four places to play in the next event, the Players Championship.[14] Murphy reached the last 16 with wins over Zak Surety,[14] Stuart Carrington, Ryan Day and Stuart Bingham.[13] World number one Judd Trump defeated Chinese players Zhao Jianbo and Si Jiahui but lost in the third round to Iranian player Hossein Vafaei 2–4.[15]

Two-time winner Mark Williams defeated Michael White 4–1 in the first round, with an average shot time of only 15 seconds. Williams later commented that "I’m going to play as fast as I can and get in and out as quick as I can. I’m actually going to see if I can get one match down as quick as ten seconds a shot. That’s my goal for the rest of the season."[16] Williams defeated Liam Highfield, Joe Perry and Vafaei to reach the quarter-finals.[13] Mark Selby made a break of 134 in his opening round win over Barry Pinches, but missed the final pink ball when on route to a maximum break.[14] Selby then defeated Jamie O'Neill, Joe O'Connor and Masters champion Yan Bingtao to reach the quarter-finals.[17] Jordan Brown defeated Luo Honghao, Sam Craigie and Alexander Ursenbacher before beating Mark King 4–3 to reach his second ranking quarter-final of his career.[18]

Ali Carter defeated Daniel Wells and Aaron Hill before beating both John Higgins and Mark Allen to reach the quarter-finals.[19] Ronnie O'Sullivan lost only one frame in his first four matches to reach the quarter-finals, whitewashing three players.[18] Eighth seed Stephen Maguire defeated two Welshmen in Dominic Dale and Matthew Stevens before beating Matthew Selt and Pang Junxu to reach the last eight.[13]

Quarter-finals–final

Jordan Brown (pictured in 2012) won his first ranking event with a 9–8 win over Ronnie O'Sullivan

The quarter-finals were played as the best-of-9 frames matches on 19 February.[13] Ali Carter withdrew from the event shortly before his match against Ronnie O'Sullivan due to health concerns.[20] The remaining three quarter-finals all went to a deciding frame.[13] Murphy, the defending champion was defeated 4–5 by Maguire. He made breaks of 105, 84, 55, 90 and 133 to defeat Murphy. In losing the match, Murphy was unable to qualify for the Players Championship, finishing 17th in the one-year rankings.[21][22] Playing in the second ranking quarter-final of his career, Jordan Brown met Mark Selby. The match lasted three hour and 48 minutes and with the scores tied at 4–4, Selby missed the final black ball into the center pocket, which Brown potted to win the match.[21] Mark Williams defeated Tom Ford 5–4 in the final quarter-final match which decided which of the two players would qualify for the Players Championship.[21][23]

The semi-finals were played as the best-of-11 frame matches on 20 February.[13] Williams took the opening frame in his match against O'Sullivan, before his opponent won the next six successive frames.[23] O'Sullivan commented "I knew he was playing well and scoring well. I had to be on my guard. I played pretty solidly."[23] The other semi-final was played between Jordan Brown and Steven Maguire.[24] Brown made a break of 135 in the opening frame, before Maguire tied the scores at 1–1.[24] Brown then made breaks of 56, 113 and 59 winning the next five frames to win the match 6–1.[24] Brown commented "Three years ago I was working in a petrol station and serving customers... To be in a ranking tournament final is just incredible".[24]

The final was played as the best-of-17 frames held over two sessions.[13] Brown was playing in his first ranking event final, having turned professional in 2009; whilst his opponent O'Sullivan was playing in his 56th.[25] Brown took the first two frames of the match before O'Sullivan won frame three. Brown won frame four with a break of 78 and lead 4–1 after a century break.[25] The next two frames were won by O'Sullivan, however, Brown took the next frame to lead 5–3 after the first session.[25] After the break, O'Sullivan won the next three frames to take the lead, but Brown leveled the match in frame 12 to 6–6, and level again at 7–7.[26] In frame 15, O'Sullivan missed a pot on the pink ball and showed signs of frustration. Brown made a break of 56 to lead 8–7.[26] The match was taken into a deciding frame after a break of 119 by O'Sullivan.[26] Brown won the match after a break of 74 in the 17th frame to win 9–8.[26]

Tournament draw


Below is the main draw for the event. Numbers in brackets denote seeded players. Players in bold denote match winners.[10][9]

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Shaun Murphy (ENG) (1)4
 
 
 
 Zak Surety (ENG)1
 
Shaun Murphy (1)4
 
 
 
Stuart Carrington1
 
 Stuart Carrington (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Soheil Vahedi (IRN)1
 
Shaun Murphy (1)4
 
 
 
Ryan Day (32)1
 
 Ryan Day (WAL) (32)4
 
 
 
 Ian Burns (ENG)3
 
Ryan Day (32)4
 
 
 
Mark Davis3
 
 Lee Walker (WAL)1
 
 
 
 Mark Davis (ENG)4
 
Shaun Murphy (1)4
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins (17)3
 
 Anthony McGill (SCO) (16)4
 
 
 
 Louis Heathcote (ENG)0
 
Anthony McGill (16)4
 
 
 
David Lilley0
 
 Andy Hicks (ENG)3
 
 
 
 David Lilley (ENG)4
 
Anthony McGill (16)3
 
 
 
Barry Hawkins (17)4
 
 Barry Hawkins (ENG) (17)4
 
 
 
 Chris Wakelin (ENG)1
 
Barry Hawkins (17)4
 
 
 
Simon Lichtenberg0
 
 Simon Lichtenberg (GER)4
 
 
 Riley Parsons (ENG)2
 
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
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Li Hang (CHN)0
 
 
 
 Martin O'Donnell (ENG)4
 
Martin O'Donnell4
 
 
 
Ken Doherty0
 
 Kurt Maflin (NOR) (24)w/d
 
 
 
 Ken Doherty (IRL)w/o
 
Martin O'Donnell2
 
 
 
Pang Junxu4
 
 Allan Taylor (ENG)0
 
 
 
 Pang Junxu (CHN)4
 
Pang Junxu4
 
 
 
Ding Junhui (9)2
 
 Ding Junhui (CHN) (9)4
 
 
 
 Lyu Haotian (CHN)1
 
Pang Junxu2
 
 
 
Stephen Maguire (8)4
 
 Jamie Clarke (WAL)0
 
 
 
 Oliver Lines (ENG)4
 
Oliver Lines0
 
 
 
Matthew Selt (25)4
 
 Matthew Selt (ENG) (25)4
 
 
 
 Lukas Kleckers (GER)0
 
Matthew Selt (25)2
 
 
 
Stephen Maguire (8)4
 
 James Cahill (ENG)0
 
 
 
 Matthew Stevens (WAL)4
 
Matthew Stevens1
 
 
 
Stephen Maguire (8)4
 
 Stephen Maguire (SCO) (8)4
 
 
 Dominic Dale (WAL)1
 
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
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Mark Selby (ENG) (5)4
 
 
 
 Barry Pinches (ENG)1
 
Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
Jamie O'Neill1
 
 Sean Maddocks (ENG)3
 
 
 
 Jamie O'Neill (ENG)4
 
Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
Joe O'Connor3
 
 Liang Wenbo (CHN) (28)1
 
 
 
 Joe O'Connor (ENG)4
 
Joe O'Connor4
 
 
 
Andrew Higginson1
 
 Eden Sharav (ISR)2
 
 
 
 Andrew Higginson (ENG)4
 
Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
Yan Bingtao (12)2
 
 Yan Bingtao (CHN) (12)4
 
 
 
 Xu Si (CHN)1
 
Yan Bingtao (12)4
 
 
 
Brian Ochoiski0
 
 Brian Ochoiski (FRA)4
 
 
 
 Paul Davison (ENG)1
 
Yan Bingtao (12)4
 
 
 
Xiao Guodong1
 
 Gary Wilson (ENG) (21)4
 
 
 
 Ashley Hugill (ENG)2
 
Gary Wilson (21)1
 
 
 
Xiao Guodong4
 
 Xiao Guodong (CHN)4
 
 
 Iulian Boiko (UKR)0
 
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
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Jordan Brown (NIR)4
 
 
 
 Luo Honghao (CHN)0
 
Jordan Brown4
 
 
 
Sam Craigie3
 
 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (THA) (20)3
 
 
 
 Sam Craigie (ENG)4
 
Jordan Brown4
 
 
 
Alexander Ursenbacher3
 
 Alexander Ursenbacher (SUI)4
 
 
 
 Noppon Saengkham (THA)1
 
Alexander Ursenbacher4
 
 
 
Robert Milkins3
 
 Stuart Bingham (ENG) (13)2
 
 
 
 Robert Milkins (ENG)4
 
Jordan Brown4
 
 
 
Mark King3
 
 Jak Jones (WAL)4
 
 
 
 Fan Zhengyi (CHN)3
 
Jak Jones4
 
 
 
David Grace2
 
 Michael Holt (ENG) (29)0
 
 
 
 David Grace (ENG)4
 
Jak Jones2
 
 
 
Mark King4
 
 Yuan Sijun (CHN)1
 
 
 
 Jamie Jones (WAL)4
 
Jamie Jones3
 
 
 
Mark King4
 
 Neil Robertson (AUS) (4)w/d
 
 
 Mark King (ENG)w/o
 

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
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Judd Trump (ENG) (3)4
 
 
 
 Zhao Jianbo (CHN)2
 
Judd Trump (3)4
 
 
 
Si Jiahui2
 
 Si Jiahui (CHN)4
 
 
 
 Brandon Sargeant (ENG)2
 
Judd Trump (3)2
 
 
 
Hossein Vafaei4
 
 Zhao Xintong (CHN) (30)4
 
 
 
 Luca Brecel (BEL)2
 
Zhao Xintong (30)3
 
 
 
Hossein Vafaei4
 
 Peter Lines (ENG)2
 
 
 
 Hossein Vafaei (IRN)4
 
Hossein Vafaei2
 
 
 
Mark Williams (14)4
 
 Mark Williams (WAL) (14)4
 
 
 
 Michael White (WAL)1
 
Mark Williams (14)4
 
 
 
Liam Highfield1
 
 Jamie Curtis-Barrett (ENG)3
 
 
 
 Liam Highfield (ENG)4
 
Mark Williams (14)4
 
 
 
Joe Perry (19)2
 
 Joe Perry (ENG) (19)4
 
 
 
 Chang Bingyu (CHN)3
 
Joe Perry (19)4
 
 
 
Dylan Emery1
 
 Lu Ning (CHN)3
 
 
 Dylan Emery (WAL)4
 
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
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Ricky Walden (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Jackson Page (WAL)1
 
Ricky Walden4
 
 
 
Graeme Dott (22)3
 
 Graeme Dott (SCO) (22)4
 
 
 
 Billy Joe Castle (ENG)1
 
Ricky Walden2
 
 
 
Jack Lisowski (11)4
 
 Sunny Akani (THA)4
 
 
 
 Igor Figueiredo (BRA)1
 
Sunny Akani2
 
 
 
Jack Lisowski (11)4
 
 Jack Lisowski (ENG) (11)4
 
 
 
 Lei Peifan (CHN)3
 
Jack Lisowski (11)3
 
 
 
Tom Ford (27)4
 
 Elliot Slessor (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Ben Fortey (WAL)2
 
Elliot Slessor3
 
 
 
Tom Ford (27)4
 
 Tom Ford (ENG) (27)4
 
 
 
 Peter Devlin (ENG)0
 
Tom Ford (27)4
 
 
 
Kyren Wilson (6)3
 
 Tian Pengfei (CHN)0
 
 
 
 Alan McManus (SCO)4
 
Alan McManus2
 
 
 
Kyren Wilson (6)4
 
 Kyren Wilson (ENG) (6)4
 
 
 Chen Zifan (CHN)2
 
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
 
              
 
 
 
 
 John Higgins (SCO) (7)4
 
 
 
 Steven Hallworth (ENG)1
 
John Higgins (7)4
 
 
 
Ben Woollaston3
 
 Ben Woollaston (ENG)w/o
 
 
 
 Alex Borg (MLT)w/d
 
John Higgins (7)3
 
 
 
Ali Carter (26)4
 
 Ali Carter (ENG) (26)4
 
 
 
 Daniel Wells (WAL)3
 
Ali Carter (26)4
 
 
 
Aaron Hill1
 
 Fergal O'Brien (IRL)2
 
 
 
 Aaron Hill (IRL)4
 
Ali Carter (26)4
 
 
 
Mark Allen (10)2
 
 Mark Allen (NIR) (10)4
 
 
 
 Fraser Patrick (SCO)2
 
Mark Allen (10)4
 
 
 
Nigel Bond2
 
 Nigel Bond (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Rod Lawler (ENG)2
 
Mark Allen (10)4
 
 
 
Scott Donaldson (23)3
 
 Scott Donaldson (SCO) (23)4
 
 
 
 Gao Yang (CHN)2
 
Scott Donaldson (23)4
 
 
 
Gerard Greene2
 
 Gerard Greene (NIR)4
 
 
 Farakh Ajaib (PAK)3
 
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
 
              
 
 
 
 
 Anthony Hamilton (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Ben Hancorn (ENG)3
 
Anthony Hamilton0
 
 
 
Zhou Yuelong (18)4
 
 Zhou Yuelong (CHN) (18)4
 
 
 
 Ashley Carty (ENG)0
 
Zhou Yuelong (18)4
 
 
 
David Gilbert (15)2
 
 Jamie Wilson (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Duane Jones (WAL)3
 
Jamie Wilson0
 
 
 
David Gilbert (15)4
 
 David Gilbert (ENG) (15)4
 
 
 
 Rory McLeod (JAM)0
 
Zhou Yuelong (18)1
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)4
 
 Jimmy Robertson (ENG)4
 
 
 
 Kacper Filipiak (POL)1
 
Jimmy Robertson0
 
 
 
Martin Gould (31)4
 
 Martin Gould (ENG) (31)4
 
 
 
 Mitchell Mann (ENG)0
 
Martin Gould (31)0
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)4
 
 Mark Joyce (ENG)w/d
 
 
 
 Jimmy White (ENG)w/o
 
Jimmy White0
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)4
 
 Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (2)4
 
 
 Robbie Williams (ENG)0
 

Finals

 
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
 
          
 
 
 
 
Shaun Murphy (1)4
 
 
 
Stephen Maguire (8)5
 
Stephen Maguire (8)4
 
 
 
Jordan Brown6
 
Mark Selby (5)4
 
 
 
Jordan Brown5
 
Jordan Brown9
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)8
 
Mark Williams (14)5
 
 
 
Tom Ford (27)4
 
Mark Williams (14)1
 
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)6
 
Ali Carter (26)w/d
 
 
Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)w/o
 

Final

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Ben Williams
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales, 21 February 2021
Jordan Brown
 Northern Ireland
9–8 Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)
 England
Afternoon: 59–28, 66–25 (58), 0–75 (74), 137–0 (78), 107–0 (107), 0–135 (135), 14–121 (121), 67–36
Evening: 44–58, 0–68 (68), 8–71 (61), 68–43, 102–24, 0–64 (58), 69–25 (56), 0–119 (119), 74–1 (74)
107 Highest break 135
1 Century breaks 3
5 50+ breaks 7

Century breaks


There were 73 century breaks made during the event. The highest was a 143 made by Zhao Xintong in frame three of his first round win over Luca Brecel.[27]

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