2017 China Open snooker Odds
The China Open is the longest running of the current world ranking events staged in China, dating back to 2005. In that year it was won by Ding Junhui, aged just 18 at the time, who beat Stephen Hendry in the final. That victory for the young Chinese ace proved the catalyst for a vast explosion of interest in snooker, which has made it one one of the country’s most popular sports today. The tournament is staged in Beijing and brings 64 players to the Chinese capital to compete for the iconic golden trophy. The 2016 event was won by Judd Trump, beating Ricky Walden in the final.
All matches of the tournament are played the best of nine frames up to and including the quarter-finals, semi finals best of 11 frames, final best of 19 frames. Subject to results the selection of televised matches and table numbers for all Round 2 & 3 matches taking place on 29-30 March will be published the day before at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
In the qualifying for the tournament, Ronnie O'Sullivan sealed his spot in the main stages of the 2017 China Open with a 5-3 victory over James Cahill in qualifying, while Daniel Wells pulled off a shock win over Marco Fu in Preston. World number two Stuart Bingham held his nerve to close out a narrow 5-4 victory over Thailand's James Wattana with a high break of 125. Former Masters finalist Fergal O'Brien recovered from 3-1 down with four consecutive frames to overcome Nigel Bond, while Matthew Selt was ruthless in whitewashing Craig Steadman 5-0. Former UK Championship semi-finalist David Grace suffered a shock 5-2 defeat at the hands of practice partner Sanderson Lam, while the likes of Kyren Wilson, Ricky Walden and Mark King all came through unscathed. Ken Doherty lost 5-3 to Allan Taylor on the first day of China Open qualifiers in Preston, exacerbating his chances of staying inside the top 64 in the world rankings. Englishmen Shaun Murphy and Martin Gould also enjoyed relatively routine victories, 5-1 an 5-2 over Sydney Wilson and Lee Walker respectively. Ali Carter will be on the plane to Beijing as well but he didn’t have to do much work for it as he enjoyed a walk/over against Hamza Akbar.
At the event, Sean O'Sullivan will be playing Ding Junhui, Jason Weston will play defending Champion Judd Trump and Adam Stefanow one of only 6 Amataurs in the draw will be in Beijing playing Mark Selby.
Dechawat Poomjaeng v Hossein Vafaei Ayouri is an interesting match to watch in the forst round. Ayouri has got himself into contention of remaining on the tour via the one year list while Dechawat is in danger of falling outside top 64.