Lu Haotian (@2.1) vs Hossein Vafaei (@1.73)
29-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Hossein Vafaei will win

Lu Haotian – Hossein Vafaei Match Prediction | 29-10-2019 02:30

Murphy reached his third consecutive final, having done so at the two prior events Shanghai Masters and the International Championship. Murphy played Mark Williams in the final, wining his 8th ranking title with a 109 in the final. Selby reached the semi-finals, before losing 63 to Shaun Murphy. Mark Selby was the defending champion, having defeated John Higgins in the previous year's final 109. The highest break of the event was a 145 made by Mark Allen in the first round win over Anthony Hamilton.

Defending champion Mark Selby won his opening first round match, defeating Chen Feilong.[8] Feilong led 21, but Selby won three of the next four to win the match 35.[8] Selby defeated Martin Gould, and then Chris Wakelin both 52 to reach the quarter-finals.[4] Three-time world champion Mark Williams defeated Kishan Hirani in an all Welsh opening round match 51.[9] Williams defeated Luo Honghao and Luca Brecel to reach the quarter-finals.[4] Former world champion Graeme Dott lost on a deciding frame to Norwegian Kurt Maflin during the first round 54.[9] Maflin then defeated Jordan Brown to play four-time world champion John Higgins.

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Matches involving four wildcard players, Mark Selby and Chen Feilong, Yan Bingtao and Mei Xiwen, Ding Junhui and Brandon Sargeant, Ken Doherty, Tom Ford, Judd Trump and James Wattana, were held over and played in Guangzhou. Qualifying for the event took place between 15 and 18 August 2019 at the Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England.

Having amassed a 15-match winning streak, Judd Trump lost in the third round to Joe Perry 52.[11] Trump had not lost a match since April, and won the prior two tournaments that he played in (the World Snooker Championship and the International Championship.[11] The 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy also reached the quarter-finals.

Selby made the match highest break of 98 in the deciding frame to win the match 54.[14] Shaun Murphy drew Kurt Maflin,[15] Murphy lead the match throughout and won 52.[16] Having defeated the reigning world champion in the round prior, Joe Perry was defeated by Hossein Vafaei. The pair were always within one frame between scores, and were tied at 44. The quarter-finals were played on 27 September.[13] Defending champion Selby played Hawkins in the first quarter-final.

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Murphy was the first player to get a chance in the frame, scoring 69, enough to force Williams to require a snooker. The first session ended 54 in favour of Murphy, with Williams tying the match in frame 10.[10] Murphy made breaks of 75, 76, 103 and 79 in four consecutive frames to lead 95.[10][23][24] With his opponent one frame from winning the event, Williams won the next four frames, including a break of 132 in frame 18 to force a deciding frame. Williams made a break of 30, and attempted to play a snooker.

The tournament was the fourth edition of the China Championship and the third ranking event of the 2019/2020 season. The 2019 China Championship was a professional snooker tournament that took place from 23 to 29 September 2019. The event was held at the Guangzhou Tianhe Sports Centre in Guangzhou, China. Qualifying for the event took place from 15 to 18 August 2019 at the Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England.

This was Williams' 35th ranking event final, whilst Murphy's 20th.[23] Murphy had reached the final of both of the prior two tournaments, the International Championship and the Shanghai Masters, but had not won any of his prior five tournament finals. The final was played on 29 September, a best-of-19-frames match played over two sessions.[13][17] The final was contested between Shaun Murphy (who had defeated Yuan Sijun, Ryan Day, Matthew Selt, Kurt Maflin and Mark Selby to reach the final), and Mark Williams (who defeated Kishan Hirani, Luo Honghao, Luca Brecel, David Gilbert, and Hossein Vafaei).

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Former world number one Ding Junhui also lost his opening match where he lost 53 to Zhao Xintong.

Williams won frame seven, to be one away from victory, but Vafaei won three frames in-a-row to take the match to a deciding frame.[21][22] Williams made a thin cut, and made a 96 break to win the match. The semi-finals were played on 28 September, as best-of-11-frames matches.[13][17][18] The first match had Murphy defeat Selby. Murphy won the first three frames of the match, before Selby won three of the next four with breaks of 100, and 101.[19] Murphy won the next two frames to win the match 63.[19][20] The second semi-final was contested between Vafaei and Williams. Vafaei had never played in a ranking event final, but reached this stage at the 2017 China Open, and the 2019 Welsh Open.[21][22] Williams had lost only six frames in the prior five matches.[21] Williams won the first three frames, and four of the first five to lead 41, before Vafaei made a 134 break to trail 42.