Monday sees the start of the Shanghai Masters – but this year sees the established event begin a brand new dawn.
Ronnie O’Sullivan became only the second player in snooker’s history to win 30 major ranking events after he brushed aside Judd Trump in a one-sided Shanghai Masters final.
Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump will do battle in Saturday’s Shanghai Masters final.
Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins will do battle for the third time within a month on Friday when they face each other in the Shanghai Masters semi-finals.
Jack Lisowski enjoyed one of his best days in his professional snooker career so far as he secured a place in the semi-finals of a major ranking event for the first time.
How unlucky is this?
Judd Trump is certainly showing he means business in Shanghai this week.
John Higgins put his recent drubbing to Ronnie O’Sullivan firmly behind him as he began the Shanghai Masters with victory over Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher.
Three of snooker’s elite stars – including two former world champions – will not be making the trip to China to compete in the Shanghai Masters next month after suffering shock defeats this week.
World Snooker has appeared to drop ticket costs altogether for world ranking event qualifiers – meaning snooker lovers can watch the top stars play for FREE this week in the Shanghai Masters qualifiers.