Liam Highfield (@1.2) vs Andy Lee (@4.5)
03-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Liam Highfield will win

Liam Highfield – Andy Lee Match Prediction | 03-10-2019 14:00

In reaching the semi-finals, Trump was guaranteed to return to world number one after the tournament for the first time since 2013.[23] Selby won three of the first four frames to lead 31.[19] However, Trump won the next four frames to lead 53 after the first session with breaks of 97, 108, 97 and 116.[19] In the second session, Trump won the first three frames to lead 83 including two more 90+ breaks. The first semi-final took place on 9 August 2019, between Selby and Trump.

Dott defeated Michael White before defeating two world champions in Stuart Bingham and John Higgins to reach the quarter-final.[16] Murphy, who had reached only the Scottish Open final in the previous season defeated Yuan Sijun 65 and Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao 64 before drawing a rematch of the second round match at the 2019 World Championships against Neil Robertson. Graeme Dott qualified to play Shaun Murphy in the second quarter-final.

Two top-16 ranked players were defeated in first round; Mark Williams lost to Jak Jones and Barry Hawkins to Daniel Wells both 62.[11] Ding Junhui defeated three fellow Chinese players in the first three rounds, overcoming Zhao Xintong, Xiao Guodong and Liang Wenbo to reach the quarter-finals. Defending champion Mark Allen conceded just four frames to draw Ding, having defeated Sam Craigie, Mark Davis (both 61) and Ali Carter (62).[12][13][14] Allen defeated Ding 63 to reach the semi-finals.

Highfield reached the final qualifying round of ranking events on two occasions during the 2012/2013 season.

Qualifying[edit]

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.

The championship began on 4 August 2019, with the first round alongside heldover qualifier matches.[8] Two matches in the heldover qualifier rounds were decided on a deciding frame.

However, he could only pick up one match win between August until the Gdynia Open in February 2016. There, Highfield defeated Anthony McGill 42, Stuart Carrington 40 and Robin Hull 43 (on the final black after being 30 down).[18] He lost in the last 16 41 to Gould, but by finishing 65th on the Order of Merit he earned the final two-year tour card on offer to players outside of the top 64 in the world rankings.[19] 102 and 108 victories over Luke Simmonds and Luca Brecel respectively saw Highfield stand one match away from qualifying for the World Championship. Highfield advanced to the final qualifying round for the Shanghai Masters by beating Michael Wild 50, Robin Hull 52 and Ken Doherty 50, but he lost 52 to Martin Gould.

In winning the event, Trump returned to the world number one position, that he had last held in 2013. Northern Irish cueist Mark Allen was the defending champion, after defeating Australian Neil Robertson in the previous year's final. Allen, however, lost 96 to England's Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals. Reigning world champion Judd Trump won the event and his 12th ranking championship with a 103 win over Murphy in the final.

At the beginning of this season, Highfield was ranked number 68 in the world, meaning he was required to win four qualifying matches to reach the main stage of the ranking events.[2] He did not manage this throughout the season, coming closest in the first event of the year, the Australian Goldfields Open. He beat Simon Bedford and Xiao Guodong both by deciding frames and received a bye through to the final qualifying round because Steve Davis withdrew.

China Championship 2019 Qualifiers

Qualifying for the event tok place between 15 and 18 August 2019 at the Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England. Matches involving four wildcard players, Mark Selby, Chen Feilong, Yan Bingtao, Mei Xiwen, Ding Junhui, Brandon Sargeant, Ken Doherty, Tom Ford, Judd Trump and James Wattana, were held over and played in Guangzhou. Matches were played as best-of-9-frames.[2] Players in bold denote match winners.

Qualifying for the event took place 1417 June 2019 in Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. Trump and Allen tied for the highest break during the televised stages, both scoring 141, with Trump also making 12 centuries throughout the tournament. Tom Ford made the highest break of qualifying, with a maximum break, the fourth of his career, in his 61 win in qualifying over Fraser Patrick.

Allen won the next two frames to push the match into the interval. The second semi-final was a rematch of the 2019 Scottish Masters final between Murphy and Allen. Murphy won frame 13 to need just one more frame for victory. Murphy won the first five frames of the match, with Allen not scoring a single point until frame four.[18] Allen fought back to trail 36 after the first session.[18] Murphy won the first frame of the second session, before Allen won the next two.

He also made his debut at the International Championship where he was beaten 64 by Marco Fu in the first round.[14] Highfield's first win at a ranking event of his career came at the UK Championship when he defeated Jamie Jones 63, before losing 64 to Mark Davis in the second round.[15] He saw off Fu 52 to qualify for the German Masters and was 43 ahead of Xiao in the opening round, but lost 54 having led 470 and 500 in the last two frames.[16] Highfield had his best run in a European Tour event this season at the Gdynia Open when he knocked out the likes of Stuart Bingham and Mark Selby to reach the last 16, where Mark Williams beat him 42. Highfield won four matches to qualify for the 2014 Australian Goldfields Open, but lost 52 to Xiao Guodong in the first round.

The final was played as a best-of-19-frames match held over two sessions on 11 August 2019, refereed by Lyu Xilin.[26] Trump won the first five frames of the match making a century break in frame three.