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Indian Open 2016

The 2016 Indian Open was organised by World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association from July 5th to 9th in Hyderabad and was staged successfully in that city in Southern part of India for the first time.

Glasgow’s 25-year-old McGill beat the likes of Stuart Bingham, Stephen Maguire and Shaun Murphy to reach the final before seeing off Kettering’s Wilson, who was appearing in his second ranking final having won last season’s Shanghai Masters. Anthony McGill won his first ranking title, beating Kyren Wilson 5-2 in the final to earn the prize money of 50,000 GBP.

Highest break of the tournament was 142 by England’s Mark King against Rory McLeod in first round. In all 23 century breaks were compiled in total 63 matches.

The Indian Open was first staged in 2013 in New Delhi. That was the first ever world ranking event staged in the country where snooker was invented nearly 140 years earlier. Our own genius player Aditya Mehta gave a boost to the game in India by reaching the final of the inaugural event, though he lost to Ding Junhui of China.

The second Indian Open was staged in majestic Mumbai, the financial capital of India, in 2015. In the final Michael White beat Ricky Walden 5-0 to capture his first ranking title.

The 2016 edition was successfully orgainsed by Indian Body with the help of Mr. Jason Ferguson, Chairman of WPBSA, and his team. The knowledgeable spectators and magnificent professional performance of the players exhibiting top quality of Snooker was indeed a pleasure to watch.

Looking forward to such tournaments in India on regular basis.

RAVINDRA KUMAR GUPTA

Written By : RAVINDRA KUMAR GUPTA

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