Shanghai Masters 2016
On the tenth staging of the tournament in China, fittingly it was the home favourite Ding Junhui who lifted the trophy as he gained a measure of revenge against Selby for defeat in the World Championship final in May at Crucible Theatre.
I must say the quality of Snooker has been exceptional in the tournament and total 34 numbers of centuries are proof of this compare to last year’s 23 centuries. China as a country has emerged as new hub for Cue Sports since last decade or so with accomplished player Ding Junhui leading the pack of Chinese players and giving good competition to players from United Kingdom.
He became the first player to win the Shanghai Masters twice by beating Mark Selby 10-6 in the final in front of home packed crowd in Grand Stage arena in Shangahi. The 29-year-old from Yixing receives the top prize of £85,000 and jumps three places in the world rankings to sixth.
Selby was denied back-to-back ranking titles having won last month’s Paul Hunter Classic but still wins £35,000 and tightens his grip on the world number one position.
Looking forward to the next event European Championship from 03.10.2016 when Romania will host a professional snooker tournament for the first time when the new European Masters world ranking event takes place in Bucharest.
RAVINDRA KUMAR GUPTA