11 Results for tag: John Astley

World Championship 2018: Tour Survival Blog

With the start of the 2018 Betfred World Championship qualifiers on Wednesday it is time for my annual live blog which will track all of the key movements in this season's tour survival race throughout the tournament. For those who can finish up inside of the top 64, or in the top eight of the one-year ranking list, not including those players, they will ... More

Tour Survival 2018 – Two To Go

With just next week's Fuhua Group China Open and the season-ending Betfred World Championship to go before the end of the 2017/18 season, today we take an updated look at the battle for tour survival as players in the drop zone look to retain their professional status for at least another campaign. Below I explain just how the places will be determined ... More

Closing in on the Cut: December 2017

Following victory for Mark Williams yesterday in Belfast at the Dafabet Northern Ireland Open, there is now just one event to go before the final seeding list is set for both the Masters and German Masters events. While a clear picture has emerged over the last few weeks as to who has to do what to secure a top 16 position in particular, with more prize ... More

Exceptions or a New Norm?

The renaissance of 1997 world champion Ken Doherty since he was handed an Invitational Tour Card back in April has proven to be one of the most commented upon themes of the season so far, but just how unusual has his start to the campaign been for a player starting from zero points? Below we take a look at how his results compare to similar players in ... More

Closing in on the Cut: September 2017

Ranking event snooker returns next Tuesday as defending champion Anthony McGill leads the field at the 2017 Indian Open in Vishakhapatnam. The event also marks the second mid-season seedings revision of the new campaign as the final list is determined for the upcoming International Championship in Daqing. View the draw for the Indian Open View ... More

Closing In On the Cut: Crucible 2017

This week sees the return of professional snooker for the final tournament prior to this season's Betfred World Championship as the tour heads to Beijing for the 2017 China Open. As well as being a prestigious title in its own right, the event marks the final chance for players to add ranking points to their tallies ahead of the most important rankings ... More

Race to Preston: Live Blog

The season-long battle for places at the 2017 Ladbrokes World Grand Prix comes to a head this week as ranking event snooker returns to our screens with the venue stages of the German Masters from Berlin. Following the conclusion of the Scottish Open event won by Marco Fu just before Christmas, we analysed the current standings in the qualification race ... More

Paul Hunter Classic 2016: Tournament Preview

This week sees the return of the popular Paul Hunter Classic tournament from Fuerth, the event now upgraded to full-ranking status following Ali Carter's memorable victory at the Stadhalle a year ago. Today I take a look at some of the points to note about the event and how the draw is shaping up in what is the fourth ranking event of the season so ... More

Early Season Firsts

Just three events into the 2016/17 season and already we have seen a number of 'firsts' on the World Snooker Tour from players up, down and even from some not part of the world ranking list. Today we take a look at some of those achievements... Progression Most obvious for inclusion in this list is of course Scotland's Anthony McGill, who made his big ... More

Indian Open 2016: Tournament Preview

Tuesday sees the start of the 2016 Indian Open with Welshman Michael White set to head the field following his maiden ranking success a year ago. Read on for my preview of the second full-ranking event of the new season... Click HERE to view the tournament draw Click HERE to view the tournament format Click HERE to view the latest provisional ... More