Lee banned for 12 years after match-fixing verdict

STEPHEN Lee has been banned from playing any World Snooker event for 12 years after being found guilty of match-fixing. The ban, which is the biggest punishment handed out in the history of the sport, effectively ends Lee’s snooker career given he will be aged 50 when the suspension expires. The 38-year-old was found guilty…

‘I wanted it more than anybody’ – Ding

DING Junhui admitted he was overcome with emotion after sealing the Shanghai Masters title with victory over Xiao Guodong.  China’s number one star won his second major ranking event on home soil with a 10-6 win over his Chinese compatriot – ending an eight year wait for home silverware following his China Open success in…

Ding ends eight-year wait for China glory

DING Junhui ended a wait of more than eight years of winning major silverware on home soil after beating Xiao Goudong in this year’s Shanghai Masters final. In the first ever all-Chinese final in snooker’s history, the world number 12 reigned supreme with a comfortable 10-6 victory to secure his first ranking title in the…

Ding and Goudong to contest first all-Chinese final

HISTORY will be made on Sunday when this year’s Shanghai Masters final will see an all-Chinese affair between Xiaou Guodong and Ding Junhui. This will be the first all-Chinese final in the history of snooker after both men completed deserved semi-final victories earlier today (Saturday). Ding Junhui, who remarkably (given his talent) has not won…

Holt feeling great after milestone victory

SHANGHAI Masters semi-finalist Michael Holt said reaching the last four of a major competition for the first time was a ‘brilliant’ feeling. Holt, who was bidding to make his first semi-final in a major event, continued his fine form with a 5-1 win against talented 21-year-old Kyren Wilson who knocked out Stuart Bingham and Marco…

Shanghai Masters 2013 – Day 5 Report

MICHAEL Holt and Xiao Guodong will battle it on Saturday to reach their first major ranking final after gaining impressive quarter-final wins earlier today. Nottingham potter Holt ended Kyren Wilson’s giant-killing run, which included wins over Stuart Bingham and Marco Fu, with a 5-1 win to make the last four of the Shanghai Masters. The…

Shanghai Masters 2013 – Day 4 Report

MARK Selby once again demonstrated why he is one of the world’s best after he fought back from big trouble to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals. Last season’s UK and Masters champion looked set for a shock defeat when he trailed 4-2 to Gloucestershire’s Robert Milkins in their last 16 encounter. But the Jester from…

Shanghai Masters 2013 – Day 3 Report

IN A TOURNAMENT overshadowed by news off the table, one young man brightened up the snooker world with a victory he will remember for the rest of his life. Kyren Wilson, playing in his first match at a major ranking event, was the star of the day in the Shanghai Masters after beating world number…

Shanghai Masters 2013 – Day 2 Report

THE SECOND day of the Shanghai Masters saw a real ‘Holt’ out of the blue when Judd Trump crashed out of the competition in the opening round. The Bristol star, who reached the final of this event last year, was dumped out by Michael Holt who outplayed the world number three in a solid 5-1…

Shanghai Masters 2013 – Day 1 Report

FORMER world champion Shaun Murphy was pushed all the way before winning a deciding frame to reach the last 16 of the Shanghai Masters. Breaks of 116 and 77 gave Murphy the perfect start but his Chinese opponent Yu De Lu fought back in fluent style to peg back level on the tournament’s opening day.…