2023 Shanghai Snooker Showdown Returns to China’s Grand Stage

Shanghai Masters, September 11, 2019. /VCG Photo

Next month, the 2023 Shanghai Masters marks a significant return to mainland China for the World Snooker Tour, the first time since 2019. The defending champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan, will face off against snooker’s prominent contenders in what promises to be a riveting event.

Taking place from September 11 to 17 at the esteemed Grand Stage in Shanghai, this exclusive invitation tournament will feature a field of 24 exceptional players. The lineup comprises the world’s top 16 players, the four highest-ranked Chinese competitors following them, and an additional four wildcard entries. The identities of these wildcard players will be disclosed by August 19, after the CBSA Under-21 event concludes.

An intriguing opening round match-up will see two of China’s finest players collide as Ding Junhui, a 14-time ranking event winner, squares off against Crucible semi-finalist Si Jiahui. Meanwhile, Ronnie O’Sullivan aims for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory, having previously claimed the championship in 2017, 2018, and 2019. His journey begins against either Ali Carter or one of the wildcard entrants.

In another compelling fixture, newly crowned World Champion Luca Brecel awaits either Mark Williams or Pang Junxu in his opening match. Judd Trump is set to cross cues with either his close friend Jack Lisowski or Zhou Yuelong.

The tournament’s format entails matches up to and including the quarter-finals being contested over the best of 11 frames. The semi-finals adopt a best-of-19 format, while the pinnacle of the event, the final, will be contested as a best-of-21 frames match.

Information on how to catch the event’s live action will be shared in due course. China’s snooker scene is poised for further excitement with the upcoming Wuhan Open in October and the International Championship in Tianjin City in November, both ranking events.

Prize money breakdown for the Shanghai Masters:

  • Winner: £210,000
  • Runner-up: £105,000
  • Semi-finals: £70,000
  • Quarter-finals: £35,000
  • Last 16: £17,500
  • Last 24: £10,000
  • Highest Break: £10,000

Total Prize Money: £825,000

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