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Snooker World Open returns to China, Ding Junhui’s “blessed land” strives for the 15th ranking title – Sports – China Engineering Network

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The Snooker World Open returned to China after five years, with the tournament kicking off in Yushan County, Jiangxi Province on March 17. Chinese snooker legend Ding Junhui, known as the “big brother” of Chinese snooker, is set to compete in his “blessed land” in hopes of securing his 15th ranking title.

The Snooker World Open, which has a history of over 40 years, previously made its way to China in 2012 and was held three times in Haikou City, Hainan Province from 2012 to 2014. After settling in Yushan, Jiangxi Province in 2016, the event has been held for four consecutive years. This year, the tournament returns to Yushan after a five-year hiatus.

Among the 22 Chinese players with professional qualifications participating in the competition, Ding Junhui and Zhang Anda are the highest ranked players in the Chinese Legion world. Additionally, top players like defending champion Trump and last season’s World Championship winner Brecher will take part in the event. The competition will see a total of 64 players, with some competing in the qualifying rounds.

While most of the TOP16 players are set to compete, Mark Williams and Gary Wilson will not participate in the tournament. Reigning world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan expressed his excitement for the competition, aiming to give his best effort in the games.

Ding Junhui, who has a special connection to Yushan, referred to the place as his “blessed land” after winning his 13th ranking event there in 2017. After facing a dry spell in ranking events following his 14th title win in 2019, all eyes are on Ding Junhui as he looks to secure his 15th championship.

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The tournament is set to commence on the 18th, with Ding Junhui and Zhang Anda scheduled to participate in the postponed qualifying matches. Chinese teenagers under the age of 18 have also been given wildcard slots, adding to the excitement of the event.

As the Snooker World Open unfolds in Yushan, fans are eager to see if Ding Junhui can clinch another title in his beloved “blessed land” and add to his impressive list of achievements in the sport.

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