2018 English Open Snooker Tournament Guide
The English Open will crown its third-ever champion on October 21st as one of snooker’s newest major events welcomes 128 of the game’s best players.
Crawley’s K2 leisure centre is the venue. The West Sussex location takes a step up to host its first ever snooker ranking tournament having previously laid on the qualifying rounds for the Australian Open.
The English Open is this season’s first event in the Home Nations series. The Northern Ireland Open takes place in November with the Scottish event running just before Christmas and the Welsh Open completing the quartet in February 2019. There’s an eye-watering £1m bonus on offer for any player who can win all four of the Home Nations events in a season.
Snooker Is Back In England
The English Open is the 20th event of the current snooker season and only the sixth world ranking tournament so far from the 2018/19 fixture list.
The world’s finest cuemen are back in England after the European Masters concluded in Belgium earlier this month. The Crawley Leisure Centre will have seven tables in action as the 128-strong field aim to lift the Steve Davis trophy, named after one of the game’s greatest ever players.
The K2 centre opened in 2005 and was the training venue for athletes from the Bahamas, Grenada and Paraguay during the 2012 London Olympics.
English Open Snooker Format
Crawley will welcome 128 snooker players for seven days of play, each competing for the £70,000 prize. There’s £30,000 on offer for the beaten finalist and £20,000 for each player who makes the semis.
The winner will have to navigate through four best-of 7-frame rounds before a best-of-9 quarter-final, a best-of-11 semi and a first-to-nine frame final.
The field will be split into six sections in the main draw. Seedings follow snooker’s usual tournament format with the defending champion installed as number one seed, the world champion at number two and the player at the top of the seeding list slotted in at number three.
Mark Selby leads the governing body’s current rankings list followed by Mark Williams, Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Judd Trump. The top eight seeds will all be in action during the first two days with O’Sullivan and Williams taking to the tables from 1 pm in the first session.
The tournament will enjoy extensive coverage on Eurosport and Quest. The two channels have extended their long-term partnership with UK Snooker to 2026 and will broadcast the event across Europe.
The Defending English Open Champion
O’Sullivan won last year’s event, absolutely demolishing fellow Englishman Kyren Wilson 9-2 in the final. World Snooker supremo Barry Hearn later described the performance as arguably the best individual display of the 2017/18 season.
Rocket Ronnie enjoyed an astonishing 98 per cent pot success rate as he raced away with his 29th ranking event title. O’Sullivan missed just six balls in 11 frames as Wilson could only watch on.
You may recall O’Sullivan handing his cue to a fan who managed to evade security in the second round of last year’s tournament. The interloper failed to pot the black in two attempts after taking a run around the table in a truly bizarre moment.
O’Sullivan had almost pulled out of the 2017 edition after becoming embroiled in a row with World Snooker. Wearing a pair of trainers in the first round rather than the regulation black shoes, the Essex-native successfully argued his case after spraining his ankle ahead of the tournament.
China’s Liang Wenbo won the English Open’s inaugural edition in 2016. It was the current world number 17's first tournament title, with a 9-6 win ending Judd Trump’s then run of 14 matches without defeat.
Who Else Is In The Field At This Year’s English Open?
For those who like to bet on snooker, there’s as strong a field to pick from at the 2018 English Open as we’re likely to see all year.
Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Williams head the online betting with Mark Selby perhaps the stand-out pick having returned to form after a sluggish start to the season. The world number one is fresh from victory at last month’s China Championship and put in a strong showing at the European Masters a couple of weeks ago.
Last season’s beaten finalist Kyren Wilson has been playing some good snooker in recent months while anyone fancying a punt on a maiden event winner might take a look at Englishman Jack Lisowski who made the quarters in Belgium at the European Masters.
There should be value to be had with some early round accumulators in this one. Backing half a dozen bankers with a neat acca in the first few rounds could return some healthy English Open odds. With all of the top seeds in action early in the competition, you may need to get in quick.
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