Last week’s Shanghai Masters served us a feast of sizzling snooker. But now the dust has settled, what are the implications on the various races to tournaments this season?
• Ding Junhui’s victory in Shanghai was the 12th world ranking title of his career and the £85,000 top prize moved him up three places in the official ranking list to sixth.
• Selby’s run to the final gave him £35,000 which strengthened his grip on the world number one position which he has held since February 2015.
• Stuart Bingham remains second after his semi-final run while the other losing semi-finalist, Stephen Maguire, is up one place to 19th.
• The players in the top 16 remain the same. There are five ranking events to go until the vital cut off point for The Dafabet Masters, with only the top 16 seeds to earn a place at Alexandra Palace. For the latest on that race click here.
• The ranking list will now be used to create the seeding list for the new English Open in Manchester. Look out for the draw and format for that event this week.
• This season, the crucial one-year ranking list determines who will qualify for the World Grand Prix and Players Championship. The top 32 will make it to the World Grand Prix in Preston in February, then the top 16 will earn spots at the Players Championship in Llandudno in March. So every pound earned in ranking events over the next six months is vital.
• Ding has jumped up to second place while Selby is up to fourth. Stuart Carrington enjoyed a fine run to the last 16 in Shanghai and he is up to 24th place. .
• As its stands there are nine players inside the top 32 of the one-year list who are outside the top 32 of the two-year list. And six players inside the top 16 of the one-year list who are outside the top 16 of the two-year list. Big names like Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Allen, Ricky Walden and Marco Fu have plenty of catching up to do to make sure of places at the World Grand Prix and Players Championship.
Champion of Champions
• Having won the Six Red World Championship and reached the final at the Crucible, Ding was already assured of a place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in November. His victory in Shanghai was good news for Robin Hull, who is now certain of a place in Coventry.
Evergrande China Championship
We recently announced this lucrative new tournament in China, which will be a 16-man invitation event in Guangzhou in November, becoming a full ranking event next year. The top ten on the two-year ranking list qualify (subject to entering the event), so that’s Mark Selby, Stuart Bingham, Shaun Murphy, Judd Trump, John Higgins, Ding Junhui, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen, Ricky Walden and Ronnie O’Sullivan. The next four players on the one year list also qualify: Ali Carter, Anthony McGill, Joe Perry and Michael Holt. The field will be completed by two wild cards selected by the CBSA. We will confirm the full line up soon.