Liam Highfield (@1.2) vs Andy Lee (@4.5)
02-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Liam Highfield will win

Liam Highfield – Andy Lee Match Prediction | 02-10-2019 14:00

Allen won the next two frames to push the match into the interval. The second semi-final was a rematch of the 2019 Scottish Masters final between Murphy and Allen. Murphy won the first five frames of the match, with Allen not scoring a single point until frame four.[18] Allen fought back to trail 36 after the first session.[18] Murphy won the first frame of the second session, before Allen won the next two. Murphy won frame 13 to need just one more frame for victory.

Previous seasons

Highfield advanced to the final qualifying round for the Shanghai Masters by beating Michael Wild 50, Robin Hull 52 and Ken Doherty 50, but he lost 52 to Martin Gould. There, Highfield defeated Anthony McGill 42, Stuart Carrington 40 and Robin Hull 43 (on the final black after being 30 down).[18] He lost in the last 16 41 to Gould, but by finishing 65th on the Order of Merit he earned the final two-year tour card on offer to players outside of the top 64 in the world rankings.[19] 102 and 108 victories over Luke Simmonds and Luca Brecel respectively saw Highfield stand one match away from qualifying for the World Championship. However, he could only pick up one match win between August until the Gdynia Open in February 2016.

Selt was the only remaining player who had previously won a ranking event (the 2019 Indian Open). After the round-of-16, no player qualifying for the quarter-finals was ranked in the top 20 in the world.[10] With a ranking of 21, Yan Bingtao was the highest ranked player in the quarter-finals.[10] The quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals were all played on 28 July.[4] In the quarter-finals, Joyce, who was world rank 54, defeated Carrington 41 to advance to the semi-finals, marking his best performance in a ranking event. Matthew Selt defeated Mark King 41 to reach the semi-final. After defeating Lyu Haotian and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in previous rounds, Kurt Maflin defeated Luo Honghao 41, reaching his third career semi-final.

He also made his debut at the International Championship where he was beaten 64 by Marco Fu in the first round.[14] Highfield's first win at a ranking event of his career came at the UK Championship when he defeated Jamie Jones 63, before losing 64 to Mark Davis in the second round.[15] He saw off Fu 52 to qualify for the German Masters and was 43 ahead of Xiao in the opening round, but lost 54 having led 470 and 500 in the last two frames.[16] Highfield had his best run in a European Tour event this season at the Gdynia Open when he knocked out the likes of Stuart Bingham and Mark Selby to reach the last 16, where Mark Williams beat him 42. Highfield won four matches to qualify for the 2014 Australian Goldfields Open, but lost 52 to Xiao Guodong in the first round.

Final[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 9 August 2019, between Selby and Trump. In reaching the semi-finals, Trump was guaranteed to return to world number one after the tournament for the first time since 2013.[23] Selby won three of the first four frames to lead 31.[19] However, Trump won the next four frames to lead 53 after the first session with breaks of 97, 108, 97 and 116.[19] In the second session, Trump won the first three frames to lead 83 including two more 90+ breaks.

No players from the top 20 in the world reached the quarter-finals. Qualifying for the event was held between 10 and 13 June 2019 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. Yan became the first player born after 2000 to win a ranking event, as well as the first teenager to win a ranking event in 13 years since Ding Junhui won the 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy aged 19. The event had a total prize fund of 278,000 with the winner receiving 50,000. Yan Bingtao defeated Mark Joyce 52 in the final, winning the event and earning his first career ranking title. Lisowski scored the highest break of the tournament, a 145.

Allen, however, lost 96 to England's Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals. Northern Irish cueist Mark Allen was the defending champion, after defeating Australian Neil Robertson in the previous year's final. 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.

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Graeme Dott qualified to play Shaun Murphy in the second quarter-final. Dott defeated Michael White before defeating two world champions in Stuart Bingham and John Higgins to reach the quarter-final.[16] Murphy, who had reached only the Scottish Open final in the previous season defeated Yuan Sijun 65 and Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao 64 before drawing a rematch of the second round match at the 2019 World Championships against Neil Robertson.

Three-time world champion Mark Williams defeated James Cahill 43, but Williams did not realise he could score a century break, after turning down the final black ball.[7]Mark Selby received two byes before facing Graeme Dott in the second round. Dott won the first three frames of the match, but Selby won the final four to progress.[8] In the round of 16, Selby lost to Stuart Carrington.

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.

China Championship 2019 Qualifiers

The final was played as a best-of-19-frames match held over two sessions on 11 August 2019, refereed by Lyu Xilin.[26] Trump won the first five frames of the match making a century break in frame three.

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.