Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Haikou World Open - Third Ranking Tournament in China

Haikou World Open is officially announced to be staged, which runs from February 24 to March 14 in Haikou of China. This will be the first ranking tournament in South China and the third ranking tournament to be staged in China. (Haikou World Open Results/Draw, Live Streaming & Match/TV Schedule)

Neil Robertson was the winner last season
World Open, formerly known as Grand Prix was staged in Scotland for the last few seasons. However with the 5-year-contract signed, China will held the tournament for the next 5 years. 

Format will be Best of 9 again
Unfortunately, the new format (Best of 5, Final Best of 9) of World Open that used in the last season is abandoned again - All matches up to quarter-finals is in best of 9 until the two sessions in semi-finals and finals. Total prize money of the tournament is 400000 pounds with the winner to pick up a cheque of 75000 pounds. 

Top 16 is being seeded in the last 32 again unlike last season, the top 16 players need to start playing in the last 64. Qualifying Rounds begins on 11 January and ends on 14 January. Draw can be found here: http://www.worldsnooker.com/staticFiles/c3/98/0,,13165~170179,00.pdf

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: "We are delighted to announce the staging of the World Open in Haikou for the next five years. The popularity of snooker in China continues to grow at a phenomenal rate and we have capitalised on that by establishing a third full ranking event, alongside the China Open and Shanghai Masters. We expect to make more announcements about events in China in the coming weeks.


Post a Comment