The inaugural Wuhan Open concluded on Sunday, with Judd Trump emerging victorious and making a significant leap in the snooker rankings. His impressive performance in the tournament not only earned him a champion’s cheque of £140,000 but also marked his second ranking title in as many weeks.
Judd Trump’s Remarkable Success
In a compelling match, Trump secured a 10-7 victory over Ali Carter, showcasing exceptional skill and determination. What sets this win apart is the fact that Trump became only the third player in history to clinch ranking tournaments in different countries in successive weeks. The first two players to achieve this feat were Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams, making Trump’s accomplishment truly remarkable.
- Stephen Hendry’s Feat: Hendry achieved this feat in 1990, winning the Asian Open in China and following it up with success in the Dubai Classic in the UAE.
- Mark Williams’ Double Victory: Williams replicated this quick international double twelve years later by triumphing in both the China Open and the Thailand Masters.
Trump’s victory at the Wuhan Open comes hot on the heels of his triumph at the English Open in Brentwood, showcasing his exceptional form and consistency.
Latest Snooker Rankings
In the official World Snooker Tour rankings, Ronnie O’Sullivan continues to hold the top position for another week. Despite a quarter-final exit at the Wuhan Open, O’Sullivan remains the world number one. However, both Luca Brecel and Mark Allen missed a chance to surpass him, maintaining their positions.
- Luca Brecel’s Opportunity: Brecel, in the second position, withdrew from the competition, giving Mark Allen a chance to claim the top spot. Unfortunately, Allen’s 5-2 loss to Ali Carter in the quarter-finals halted his aspirations.
In this shift, Judd Trump has made a notable leap, moving into the third position in the official two-year snooker rankings. The 2019 world champion is now within just £100,000 of O’Sullivan, making him a potential primary challenger if he can sustain his exceptional form.
Top Eight Snooker Players
The top eight positions in the rankings are currently held by:
- Ronnie O’Sullivan: £899,000
- Luca Brecel: £881,500
- Judd Trump: £799,000
- Mark Allen: £791,000
- Mark Selby: £609,000
- Neil Robertson: £545,500
- Shaun Murphy: £473,000
- Kyren Wilson: £436,000
Trump’s recent successes have reinvigorated the snooker scene, making the upcoming events highly anticipated as he challenges the established hierarchy.
Notable Changes in the Rankings
Mark Williams and John Higgins have exchanged positions in the top 16 rankings for the third consecutive week, showcasing the dynamism of snooker rankings. Additionally, Ali Carter’s strong performance in Wuhan has brought him closer to re-entering the top ten.
Further down the rankings, Chinese competitors Lyu Haotian and Wu Yize have made significant strides, moving up to 36th and 37th positions, respectively.
Provisional Official 2-Year World Rankings
Race to the World Grand Prix
In the one-year rankings list, which focuses on this snooker season, Judd Trump has claimed the top position. These standings are pivotal in determining qualifications for lucrative events later in the campaign.
- Top 32 and Upcoming Events: The top 32 from the one-year list will participate in the World Grand Prix in January, followed by the top 16 at the Players Championship and the top 12 at the Tour Championship.
Judd Trump’s assured participation in these events highlights his dominance this season, while Ali Carter’s rise to the top four bodes well for his chances.
1-Year Snooker Rankings: Top 5
BetVictor European Series: Current Standings
The Wuhan Open did not contribute to the BetVictor European Series rankings. The series, comprising eight events, offers a jackpot bonus of £150,000 to the money leader at its conclusion.
- Next Event: The next counting ranking event in the BetVictor series is the Northern Ireland Open, scheduled later this month.
Next Snooker Event: Northern Ireland Open
The Northern Ireland Open is the upcoming snooker ranking event in the 2023/24 calendar. Set to take place from October 22nd to 29th at the Watetfront Hall in Belfast, this event will feature intense competition and a quest for the prestigious Alex Higgins Trophy.
- Preliminary Qualifying: Before the main event, a preliminary qualifying competition will be held in Sheffield, setting the stage for the Home Nations event.
Stay tuned for more exciting snooker action!