Sunday, April 05, 2009

Ebdon returns to winner's circle in 2009 China Open

Bank of Beijing World Snooker China Open 2009Peter Ebdon (England) captured the 2009 Bank of Beijing World Snooker China Open.

In a very close final he defeated Scotland's two-time World Champion John Higgins 10-8.

Tournament surprise Stuart Pettman (England) and Ryan Day (Wales) lost out in the semifinals.

Ebdon received £52,000 for the victory and Higgins got £25,000 for his runner-up spot.

Higgins and Ricky Walden (England) shared the £2,000 high break bonus after compining matching 140s.

Defending champion Stephen Maguire (Scotland) crashed out 5-0 to Dave Harold in the first round.

This was the eighth ranking title for Ebdon but first since the 2006 UK Championship. Higgins was looking for his 20th title and second of the season.

Higgins' final loss means the seven ranking events of the season have been won by seven different players.

Ebdon leapt from 17th to 12th in the provisional rankings. Higgins advanced two places, from seventh to fifth. Pettman jumped from 48th to 37th. Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) and Maguire retain the top two positions. Shaun Murphy (England) overtook Allister Carter (England) to claim third place.

The event took place at the Beijing University Students Gymnasium, Beijing, China Mar 30 - Apr 5, 2009. It was the seventh ranking tournament of eight on the 2008/2009 Main Tour. Next up on the snooker calendar is the Betfred World Championship which starts 18th April 2009.

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  1. I wish they showed as much men's pool as they did women's on TV.

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  2. It's amazing how hard it seems to be for men's pool to get a lasting TV presence. The IPT being the latest failure.

    We're pretty much stuck with Internet TV.