Mark Allen (@1.03) vs Andy Lee (@12.0)
17-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Mark Allen will win

Mark Allen – Andy Lee Match Prediction | 17-10-2019 14:00

Event: World Open at the Yushan Number One Middle School in Yushan, China. Total prize money: 700,000Defending champion: Ding JunhuiWinner's prize money: 150,000Neil Robertson takes on Andy Lee in the round one of World Open. Watch this match live online with the live streams available on this site. Match date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

This was O'Donnell's first Triple Crown quarter-final. This was Ford's first Triple Crown semi-final, and his third semi-final appearance since the 2013 Players Championship. The event's quarter-finals began on 7 December 2018.[5] The afternoon session saw defending champion O'Sullivan defeat Martin O'Donnell 61. Prior to the 2018/19 season, he had only reached the semi-finals of the 2018 Snooker Shoot-Out.[19] World number 21 Joe Perry was defeated by Tom Ford 26.

The second set of quarter-finals took place in the evening and saw Mark Allen defeat Stephen Maguire 61.[21] Maguire blamed his loss on the playing conditions, stating that "you can't play good snooker" on the table used.[22] Despite the scoreline, Allen said he felt as though "he didn't play well".[21] In the last quarter-final, 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham defeated Kyren Wilson 62.

LIVEMark Allen - Andy LeeEnglish Open - 16 October 2019

Northern Irish cueist Mark Allen was the defending champion, after defeating Australian Neil Robertson in the previous year's final. Allen, however, lost 96 to England's Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals. In winning the event, Trump returned to the world number one position, that he had last held in 2013. Reigning world champion Judd Trump won the event and his 12th ranking championship with a 103 win over Murphy in the final.

In the evening session, O'Sullivan won the first frame, before Allen scored the highest break of the final (105), and entered the interval at 48 behind. The final was played on 9 December 2018 as a best of 19 frames match, spread over two sessions.[5][25] It was contested between 2011 UK Championship runner-up Mark Allen and 2017 champion Ronnie O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan won the next frame, leaving him one frame from winning the tournament. The first four frames of the final were shared, however, the remaining four frames of the first session were won by O'Sullivan, leaving him 62 ahead after the initial session.

During the event, two players Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng, were found guilty of match fixing. World number 52, Yu, was banned for ten years and nine months for fixing five matches over a three-year period.

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In doing so, he became the first player since Stephen Hendry in 1996 to successfully defend the UK title. Ronnie O'Sullivan, the defending champion, defeated Mark Allen 106 in the final, winning his 7th UK Championship and his 34th ranking event overall. O'Sullivan broke Hendry's record for the most Triple Crown titles (18), Steve Davis's record of UK Championship titles (6) and became the second player to defend all Triple Crown tournaments at least once, after Hendry.

The fourth round began on 5 December 2018.[5] Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan progressed to the quarter-finals, defeating Jack Lisowski by a 61 scoreline.[16] However, world champion Mark Williams lost to 15th seed Stephen Maguire in a deciding frame, having led 40 earlier in the match.[16]Martin O'Donnell (ranked 56th) upset China's eighth seed Ding Junhui by 64, and then defeated Judd Trump by the same scoreline to eliminate him from the competition.[17]Tom Ford survived a decider with Lu Ning, the lowest ranked player left in the tournament.

Ronnie O'Sullivan, who is critical of the number of events on the calendar and the punishing tour schedule, said he was ready to start a "breakaway tour" which would be separate from the World Snooker Tour.[33][34] He stated that he would ask "four or five unhappy players", including Stephen Hendry and John Higgins, to start a new "Champions League-style" tour.

Of his achievement, O'Sullivan commented, "It's amazing to beat my hero Stephen Hendry's record. On winning the event, O'Sullivan overtook the record for both the number of UK Championship wins held by Steve Davis (6), and the total number of Triple Crown events held by Stephen Hendry (18).[26][27][28] O'Sullivan's 2018 win was his seventh UK Championship, and nineteenth Triple Crown championship win overall. He was the ultimate player.

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The championship began on 4 August 2019, with the first round alongside heldover qualifier matches.[8] Two matches in the heldover qualifier rounds were decided on a deciding frame.

Two top-16 ranked players were defeated in first round; Mark Williams lost to Jak Jones and Barry Hawkins to Daniel Wells both 62.[11] Ding Junhui defeated three fellow Chinese players in the first three rounds, overcoming Zhao Xintong, Xiao Guodong and Liang Wenbo to reach the quarter-finals. Defending champion Mark Allen conceded just four frames to draw Ding, having defeated Sam Craigie, Mark Davis (both 61) and Ali Carter (62).[12][13][14] Allen defeated Ding 63 to reach the semi-finals.