Glory For Gao at WSF Junior Open

Glory For Gao at WSF Junior Open

Gao Yang has defeated Sean Maddocks 5-2 to claim the inaugural WSF Junior Open title earlier this afternoon in Malta.

The15-year-old Chinese talent becomes the first winner of the prestigious new junior event and will earn a two-year main tour ticket to the World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2020/21 season. The competition saw 55 of the best young snooker players in the world aged 17 or under compete over six days to become champion.

Gao, who previously competed at the WSF Championship in 2018 and recently appeared as a wildcard at the 2019 World Open in Yushan, qualified from a tough group in second place before surviving deciding-frame encounters against Scotland’s Dean Young and later his compatriot Yi Ze Wu to progress to the final.

Awaiting him in the final was England’s Maddocks, who starred in the groups dropping just one frame before reaching the title match with victories against Bradley Tyson, Antoni Kowalski, Jovan Todorovic and Irish prospect Aaron Hill.

It was Maddocks who made the stronger start to the final, taking two of the opening three frames to lead 2-1 as he looked to go one better his performance at Q School last year which saw him narrowly miss out on joining the professional ranks.

The fourth frame would however prove to be a key turning point as trailing 54-26, Gao cleared the table in two visits to draw level at the mid-session interval. This would prove to be the start of a four-frame winning run as he hit the front for the first time with a match-high break of 72 on the resumption of play, before adding the next two to secure victory.

The snooker continues in Malta with the start of the WSF Open from tomorrow (10th January), with over 150 players set to battle for the second professional tour card on offer this week. View more information online HERE.

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.

World Snooker Federation Events 2020: Entries Open

World Snooker Federation Events 2020: Entries Open

Following the recent announcement that the World Snooker Federation (WSF) will return to Malta for two new competitions from 4-17 January 2020, we can today confirm that entries for both tournaments are now open.

Organised together with the Malta Billiards & Snooker Association (MBSA), the event will comprise two tournaments, the WSF Junior Open (4-9 January) and the WSF Open (10-17 January). The winner of each tournament will earn a two-year tour card to the professional World Snooker Tour from the start of the 2020/21 season.

Eligibility

The entry criteria for both events are as follows:

  • Both events will be open to players of all nationalities and genders
  • Players competing in the WSF Junior Open must be aged 17 and under up to and including 31 December 2019. Players of any age may enter the WSF Open.
  • National federations may nominate up to two players for each competition.
  • Both events are also open for direct entry by players who are a member of and in good standing with their national federation.

Entry Process

All entries must be received through the WPBSA Tournament Manager system at https://snookerscores.net/

National federation nomination

Representatives from each national federation will shortly receive two emails from us, containing entry instructions and a login to the entry system.

Open entry

Players who have not been nominated by their national federation can enter directly as follows:

  • Create an account HERE.
  • Select the WSF event that you wish to enter HERE.
  • Click ‘Enter tournament’ and complete the entry form.
  • Select your payment method and complete payment of your entry fee.

Entry/Payment deadline

The nomination/entry deadline for both events is 5:00pm GMT on Sunday 1 December 2019.

Payment of all entry fees must be made by 5:00pm GMT on Sunday 8 December 2019.

Further questions

If you experience any difficulties or have any questions relating to event entry please contact us via our website or Facebook page.