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WGP Race – It’s Down To Berlin

The race to qualify for February’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston will enter its final stretch at the F66.com German Masters in Berlin.

That will be the last counting event before the 32 players are confirmed to compete at the Guild Hall from February 6 to 12, when a top prize of £100,000 will be up for grabs. Those 32 players will come from this season’s one-year ranking list.

The German Masters qualifiers have already taken place with 32 players heading to Berlin for the tournament which runs from February 1 to 5. Each of them is already in line to earn £3,000 for reaching the last 32. Click here to show the one year list with all players who have qualified for Berlin marked with a G.

Yan Bingtao

Yan Bingtao has had a superb debut pro season and could qualify for Preston

Yan Bingtao, Tom Ford and Ben Woollaston have all boosted their hopes of qualifying for Preston by earning a spot in Germany. And there are ten more players further down the one-year list – Stuart Carrington, Martin Gould, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Robin Hull, John Astley, Akani Songsermsawad, Peter Ebdon, Zhao Xintong, Jimmy White and Zhang Yong – who could all leap into the top 32 with a deep run in Berlin.

Along with the World Grand Prix, there are three more ranking events – the Coral Welsh Open, Coral Shoot Out and Gibraltar Open – before the cut off of 16 players from the same one-year list is made for the Ladbrokes Players Championship in Llandudno. So every pound earned is vital over the coming months.

As its stands there are six players inside the top 32 of the one-year list who are outside the top 32 of the two-year list. And two players inside the top 16 of the one-year list who are outside the top 16 of the two-year list.

Marco Fu’s victory in the Coral Scottish Open was worth £70,000 and saw him leap from 14th to eighth on the official two-year ranking list. Runner-up John Higgins remains third while China’s Yu Delu reached the first ranking semi-final of his career and he flies up 13 places to 46th.

Yu Delu's semi-final run in Glasgow gives him hope of a World Grand Prix spot

Yu Delu’s semi-final run in Glasgow gives him hope of a World Grand Prix spot

Despite not competing in Glasgow, Mark Selby retains a vast lead at the top of the list and has now been world number one for 22 consecutive months.

On the one year list, Fu storms up from 17th to sixth while Higgins is up two spots to eighth. Yu Delu leaps from 62nd to 29th to give himself a chance of a place in the World Grand Prix, though he has not qualified for Germany so will face an anxious wait to find out whether his top 32 place holds firm.

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