2020 WSF Junior Open | Semi-Finals Set in Malta

2020 WSF Junior Open | Semi-Finals Set in Malta

The semi-finalists for the 2020 World Snooker Federation Junior Open are now known following the completion of the opening knockout rounds in Malta over the past few days.

England’s Sean Maddocks, the Republic of Ireland’s Aaron Hill and Chinese pairing of Yi Ze Wu and Yang Gao remain in the event, where the winner will not only receive the prestigious title, but also a lucrative two-year professional tour card for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.

Maddocks, officially recognised as the youngest player to have made a 147 break in competitive play, will face Hill, the current European Under-18 Champion.

Both players qualified for the knockout stages after qualifying top of their groups with 100% records. Maddocks subsequently eliminated Bradley Tyson (Wales), Antoni Kowalski (Poland) and Jovan Todorovic (Serbia), while Hill ended the hopes of Lewis Ullah (England), Attila Horváth (Hungary) and Oliver Sykes (England).

Compatriots Yi and Yang will contest the other last four affair, both hoping to make the step up to the top tier of the sport and join the growing contingent of young Chinese players on the full-time circuit.

Like Maddocks and Hill, Yi is undefeated. After heading Group D, the 16-year-old saw off recent Beverly World Cup quarter-finalist Ben Mertens (Belgium) 3-1 in the last 32. Then, in arguably the match of the tournament so far, he ousted another Belgian in Julian Leclercq 3-2 during the last 16, where Yi compiled breaks of 106, 85 and 100 to counteract efforts of 83 and 55 from Leclercq. Yi then denied 2019 Snooker Shootout star Ryan Davies (England) 4-2 in the quarter-finals. Yang finished second in his group before defeating Mickey Joyce (England), recent Challenge Tour event winner Dean Young (Scotland) and Kreishh Gurbaxani (India).

Both semi-finals will be live streamed on the World Snooker Federation Facebook page with Maddocks v Hill scheduled for 14.00GMT and Yi v Yang set for 18.00GMT. The 2020 WSF Junior Open best-of-9-frames final will take place on Thursday at 11.00GMT; this too will be live streamed

For full results throughout the competition, please visit snookerscores.net here.

Malta 2020: Event Information

Malta 2020: Event Information

The WSF Junior Open and WSF Junior Open tournaments run from 4-17 January 2020 and important event information can be found below.

Venue Information

Both tournaments will be played on eight tables across the following two venues:

  • db San Antonio Hotel + Spa: Triq it-Turisti Saint Paul’s Bay, SPB 1024 (1 table)
  • Malta Snooker Academy, Marija Assunta Complex, Hamrun (7 tables)

A shuttle bus service will run between the San Antonio Hotel and the Academy in accordance with the timetable HERE. Please note that it remains the responsibility of the players to be at their table in time for the start of their match.

WSF Junior Open – 4-9 January 2020

Tournament Format and Progression

The format for the Junior competition is as follows:

  • All group matches will be the best of 5 frames.
  • The top three players in each group will progress to the knockout rounds
  • All knockout rounds up to and including the last 16 will be the best of 5 frames
  • The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be the best of 7 frames.
  • The final will be the best of 9 frames.

WSF Open – 10-17 January 2020

Tournament Format and Progression

The format for the Open competition is as follows:

  • All group matches will be the best of 5 frames.
  • The top two players in each group will progress to the knockout rounds
  • All knockout rounds up to and including the last 16 will be the best of 5 frames
  • The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be the best of 7 frames.
  • The final will be the best of 9 frames.

Contact us

Should you require any further information us please contact us through our website HERE or via social media.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Malta and hope that you enjoy the tournament.

WSF Junior Open / WSF Open 2020 – Draws Released

WSF Junior Open / WSF Open 2020 – Draws Released

The group stage draws have today been released for the WSF Junior Open and WSF Open tournaments to be played in Malta from 4-17 January 2020.

Organised by the World Snooker Federation (WSF), together with the Malta Billiards and Snooker Federation (MBSA), the prestigious tournaments have attracted over 200 entries from players of 40 nationalities.

To be staged across two venues, the db San Antonio Hotel and the Malta Snooker Academy, each open competition has a diverse field including former professionals, future stars, players with disabilities and female players.

As well as the honour of becoming champion for 2020, the winner of each competition will also earn a coveted two-year card to the professional World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2020/21 season.

Jason Ferguson, WSF President said: “I am delighted by the level of entries that we have received from players across the globe for our upcoming tournaments in Malta.

“In the junior competition we see young players who are the future of our sport and it is crucial that we are able to provide opportunities such as this to allow them to qualify for the professional circuit and achieve their dream. Several of these players have already begun to make a name for themselves in important tournaments and I am excited to see who will emerge victorious.

“The Open tournament also as an equally intriguing field which includes a mix of familiar and new faces. Whether it is a former professional hoping to earn another chance at the main tour, or a new winner such as our previous champion Luo Honghao, who has since gone on to make an impact at the highest level, this year’s winner in Malta will have fully earned their opportunity.

“I would like to wish all of the players competing the best of luck in Malta and also to thank our wonderful hosts at the MBSA for all of their hard work and support so far.”

Further information, including the full match schedule will be sent to players over the next few days.

Bakradze Claims a Hat Trick of Georgian Snooker Titles

Bakradze Claims a Hat Trick of Georgian Snooker Titles

Defending champion Nodar Bakradze retained his title at the recent 2019 Georgian National Snooker Championship. 

Organised by the Georgian Snooker Association and held at the Star Snooker Academy in the capital city of Tbilisi, this was the fourth annual edition of the most important event on their domestic circuit.  

As last year’s winner, Bakradze was spared the preceding qualifying event and automatically featured in the main draw where he defeated Valeri Vadachkoria (3-0), Zurab Tushishvili (3-1) and Levan Rcheulishvili (4-0) to reach his fourth consecutive final.  

In a repeat of the 2017 trophy decider, Bakradze’s opponent was Lekso Jangulashvili. The same winner emerged, with Bakradze constructing an effort of 74 – a new all-time high break for the event – during a 4-1 victory. It is his third successive triumph in the competition. 

Although snooker is still during its infancy in Georgia, notable progress has been made with the sport in a relatively small amount of time. Competitively, since Sandro Kadagidze’s inaugural win in 2016, participation numbers in the national championship have risen each year, with a new record of 35 players taking part in 2019. 

Giorgi Durglishvili from the Georgian Snooker Association said “Within the last 12 months three high quality tables have been installed in the academy. With coaching and teaching, knowledge and the standard has raised; this was visible in this year’s championship with several 40 plus breaks registered. 

“Now that we have such a base and an experienced certified coach in Amir Younesi from Iran, we hope to attract more and more players, especially younger ages. It is a work in process, but we want to see people bringing their kids to try snooker. Our goal is to find talented youngsters, whilst also growing our base. In the near future we wish to add more tables.” 

Further information and coverage on the event can be found via the Georgian Snooker Association Facebook page here. 

Kakovskiy and Nechaeva Retain Russian Snooker Titles

Kakovskiy and Nechaeva Retain Russian Snooker Titles

Ivan Kakovskiy claimed his fifth Russian National Snooker Championship in the last six years earlier this week in Moscow. 

A total of 57 players took to the tables at the Polygon Billiards Club for the five-day event. Kakovskiy, still only 20 years old, began his campaign by easing through Group A – qualifying top without losing a frame. 

The defending champion continued his relentless progress in the subsequent knockout phase, winning his last 32 and 16 fixtures without reply. He did drop the first frame of his match – and the tournament – during a quarter-final tie against Andrey Karasov, but recovered with breaks of 42, 78 and 55 to advance 3-1. An effort of 58 then helped the St. Petersburg cueist defeat Aleksey Koren 3-0 in the last four. 

His opponent in the final was Evgeniy Sozykin, who began the challenge well by taking the opening frame. Runs of 53 and 88 aided Kakovskiy to square and then gain the lead, although Sozykin levelled up with frame four. However, Kakovskiy wasn’t to be denied yet another title as he finished strongly with breaks of 52 and 58 to win 4-2. 

Earlier in the year the promising youngster reached the quarter-finals of the European Under-21 Championship and the last 16 of the European Amateur Championship. 

In the Russian Women’s Championship played at the same venue, Anastasia Nechaeva followed suit by retaining the title and securing her fifth overall success in the event. 

Nechaeva finished second in her group to qualify for the knockouts before coming back from one frame down to eliminate Aleksandra Bogatyreva 2-1 in the last eight. 

Further victories over Polina Astakhova (2-0) – the teammate whom she won the European Ladies Team Championship alongside in the summer – and Dasha Sirotina (3-1) in the final saw her triumph once again. 

Thank you to Panov Alexey from the Moscow Billiard Federation for his assistance in compiling this article. You can follow Panov on Instagram via snooker_moscow. 

The images are courtesy of the Polygon Billiards Club Facebook page.