Ben Woollaston (@2.0) vs Matthew Selt (@1.8)
23-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Matthew Selt will win

Ben Woollaston – Matthew Selt Match Prediction | 23-09-2019 21:30

The defending champion, Neil Robertson, previously defeated Jack Lisowski in the 2018 final. However, Robertson and several other players were forced to withdraw from qualifying round matches due to flight cancellations, and therefor could not compete in the event. The 2019 Riga Masters (also known as the 2019 Kapersky Riga Masters due to sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament held from 26 to 28 July 2019 at the Arna Rga in Riga, Latvia. It was the sixth Riga Masters event, with the first being held in 2013, and the first ranking event of the 2019/2020 snooker season.

He played Ding Junhui in the opening round and lost 24.[7][8] Woollaston also qualified for the 2012 China Open by winning three qualifying matches, concluding with a 54 victory over Ryan Day.[9] He played Ding again in the first round of the event and looked to be on course for a shock result as he led 40 at the interval in the best-of-nine frame match. Woollaston's first professional title was Event 3 of the Players Tour Championship in the 2011/2012 season. It was the first time he made it to the main stages of a ranking event since 2007. He defeated former World Champion Graeme Dott 42 in the final.[6] His performances in the other 11 PTC's, including a quarter-final run in Event 8, saw him claim ninth place in the Order of Merit and therefore qualify for the 2012 Finals.

Career[edit]

Woollaston began his professional career by playing Challenge Tour in 2003, at the time the second-level professional tour.[5] He first entered Main Tour for the 2004/2005 season, but was unable to retain his place for the following season's tour. Woollaston has twice reached the final group stages of the Grand Prix in 2006 and 2007, enjoying a marginally better tournament in 2006 by winning two matches compared to none in 2007. He regained his place for 2006/2007 by winning the European Under-19 Championship.[4] He was awarded a concessionary place for the 2007/08 tour.

Three-time world champion Mark Williams defeated James Cahill 43, but Williams did not realise he could score a century break, after turning down the final black ball.[7]Mark Selby received two byes before facing Graeme Dott in the second round. Dott won the first three frames of the match, but Selby won the final four to progress.[8] In the round of 16, Selby lost to Stuart Carrington.

Selt was the only remaining player who had previously won a ranking event (the 2019 Indian Open). After defeating Lyu Haotian and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in previous rounds, Kurt Maflin defeated Luo Honghao 41, reaching his third career semi-final. Matthew Selt defeated Mark King 41 to reach the semi-final. After the round-of-16, no player qualifying for the quarter-finals was ranked in the top 20 in the world.[10] With a ranking of 21, Yan Bingtao was the highest ranked player in the quarter-finals.[10] The quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals were all played on 28 July.[4] In the quarter-finals, Joyce, who was world rank 54, defeated Carrington 41 to advance to the semi-finals, marking his best performance in a ranking event.

Statistiques Woollaston, Ben - Selt, Matthew

Yan won the second frame to lead 20, but Joyce won the third with a century break.[14] Yan won three of the next four frames, with breaks of higher than 50. In the first frame, Yan required a snooker and fluked the cue ball behind the black, forcing Joyce to hit the blue ball instead of the brown, awarding Yan enough penalty points to be able to win the frame.[14] Yan cleared the table to win the first frame. GMT and refereed by Tatiana Woollaston.[13] It was Joyce's first final, and neither player had previously won a ranking event. The final between Yan and Joyce was played at 7 p.m.

At the World Open, Woollaston recorded 52 and 51 wins over Gary Wilson and Ding Junhui and made a 135 to level his third round tie with Joe Perry at 44, but lost the deciding frame.[40] He got to the fourth round of the English Open by beating Cao Yupeng 41, Zhang Anda 43 and Ali Carter 42 and was defeated 43 by Liang Wenbo.

No players from the top 20 in the world reached the quarter-finals. The event had a total prize fund of 278,000 with the winner receiving 50,000. Yan became the first player born after 2000 to win a ranking event, as well as the first teenager to win a ranking event in 13 years since Ding Junhui won the 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy aged 19. Yan Bingtao defeated Mark Joyce 52 in the final, winning the event and earning his first career ranking title. Qualifying for the event was held between 10 and 13 June 2019 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. Lisowski scored the highest break of the tournament, a 145.

Snooker

He made a match winning 60 break to play John Higgins, Woollaston's favourite player growing up, in his first ranking event final.[32] Higgins fluked a green that helped him edge the first session 53 which seemed to sway the whole match as he took all four frames played upon the resumption of play to win 93. At the Welsh Open, Woollaston eliminated Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon, Mark Davis, Mark Allen and Ali Carter.[27] He then won four consecutive frames in beating Gary Wilson 52 to face home favourite Mark Williams in the semi-finals.[31] Woollaston led 53 and missed multiple chances to wrap up the match in the next two frames allowing Williams to send it into a decider.

The tournament was played from 26 to 28 July 2019 at the Arna Rga in Riga, Latvia.[1] The event was organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, and sponsored by Kaspersky Lab.[1] Matches were played as best-of-seven frames until the semi-finals, which were best-of-nine frames.[1] The quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final were all played on 28 July.

Woollaston qualified for five ranking events during the 2013/2014 season, by far the most he has reached in a single season during his career.