China Open (snooker)


The China Open is a professional snooker tournament. It is one of a number of ranking tournaments and began in 1997. The reigning champion is Neil Robertson.

China Open
Tournament information
LocationBeijing
CountryChina
Established1997
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,000,000
Current champion(s) Neil Robertson

History


The first international snooker tournament in China was the China International in September 1997, a non-ranking tournament for the top 16 players and local players. The following season the tournament became ranking and was held in March. Then the name of the event was changed to China Open and was held in December, so there were two events in 1999. After the 2002 tournament the event was abandoned.[1]

The event was revived for the 2004/05 season. Local wild-card players were invited to play against the qualifiers. The three Chinese players on the tour were invited to play as wild-cards, rather than qualify the usual way. Ding Junhui was one of them, and he won the tournament, but as he entered as a wild-card, he received no prize money nor ranking points.[1]

The tournament currently takes place at the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, Chaoyang District, Beijing in early April, and it is the last ranking event before the World Championship.

Winners


[1][2]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Host city Season
China International (non-ranking)
1997 Steve Davis Jimmy White 7–4 Beijing 1997/98
China International (ranking)
1999 John Higgins Billy Snaddon 9–3 Shanghai 1998/99
China Open (ranking)
1999 Ronnie O'Sullivan Stephen Lee 9–2 Beijing 1999/00
2000 Ronnie O'Sullivan Mark Williams 9–3 Shenzhen 2000/01
2002 Mark Williams Anthony Hamilton 9–8 Shanghai 2001/02
2005 Ding Junhui Stephen Hendry 9–5 Beijing 2004/05
2006 Mark Williams John Higgins 9–8 2005/06
2007 Graeme Dott Jamie Cope 9–5 2006/07
2008 Stephen Maguire Shaun Murphy 10–9 2007/08
2009 Peter Ebdon John Higgins 10–8 2008/09
2010 Mark Williams Ding Junhui 10–6 2009/10
2011 Judd Trump Mark Selby 10–8 2010/11
2012[3] Peter Ebdon Stephen Maguire 10–9 2011/12
2013[4] Neil Robertson Mark Selby 10–6 2012/13
2014[5] Ding Junhui Neil Robertson 10–5 2013/14
2015[6] Mark Selby Gary Wilson 10–2 2014/15
2016[7] Judd Trump Ricky Walden 10–4 2015/16
2017[8] Mark Selby Mark Williams 10–8 2016/17
2018[9] Mark Selby Barry Hawkins 11–3 2017/18
2019[10] Neil Robertson Jack Lisowski 11–4 2018/19
2020 Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic 2019/20
2020/21
2021
2022         2021/22

Records


Statistics

Finalists

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Finals
1 Mark Williams  Wales 3 2 5
Mark Selby  England 3 2 5
3 Ding Junhui  China 2 1 3
Neil Robertson  Australia 2 1 3
5 Ronnie O'Sullivan  England 2 0 2
Peter Ebdon  England 2 0 2
Judd Trump  England 2 0 2
8 Stephen Maguire  Scotland 1 1 2
9 Graeme Dott  Scotland 1 0 1
10 John Higgins  Scotland 0 2 2
11 Stephen Lee  England 0 1 1
Anthony Hamilton  England 0 1 1
Stephen Hendry  Scotland 0 1 1
Jamie Cope  England 0 1 1
Shaun Murphy  England 0 1 1
Gary Wilson  England 0 1 1
Ricky Walden  England 0 1 1
Barry Hawkins  England 0 1 1
Jack Lisowski  England 0 1 1

Champions by country

Country Players Total First title Last title
 England 4 9 1999 2018
 Wales 1 3 2002 2010
 Scotland 2 2 2007 2008
 China 1 2 2005 2014
 Australia 1 2 2013 2019

References


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  3. "China Open scores and schedule". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
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  6. "Baic Motor China Open (2015)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  7. "Baic Motor China Open (2016)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  8. "Bank of Beijing China Open (2017)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  9. "Fuhua Group China Open (2018)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  10. "XingPai China Open (2019)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 April 2019.