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Graeme Dott - 2007 China Open
Graeme Dott, the 2006 888.com World Snooker Champion, won his first ranking event in over 11 months when he beat Stoke's Jamie Cope 9-5 in Beijing to lift the 2007 China Open trophy, making this the second ranking title of his career. He also now leapfrogs Dubliner Ken Doherty to move into the No 1 position in the provisional rankings.
The event was the first tournament of a new five-year deal between World Snooker and the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association and its promoter International Sports Limited.
Cope reached his second ranking final of the season, his last was against Australian Neil Robertson at the Royal London Watches Grand Prix in Aberdeen.
Dott who beat Ronnie O'Sullivan and fellow Scot John Higgins on his way to the title said: 'I played ok today, I could have played better. But the main thing in a final is to win and thatís what I did,' he continued, 'Usually I lose in the first round here but Iíve beaten Ronnie OíSullivan and John Higgins on my way to the title here so Iíve done it the hard way.'
Dott had tears in his eyes as he celebrated victory. 'Itís been an emotional few months,' he added. His manager and father-in-law, Alex Lambie, died in December, then wife Elaine had a cancer scare in January.
'I came out to China a few days early for a tour (of Inner Mongolia) and played a few exhibitions. That really helped me as I got over my jet lag and I felt ready for the tournament.'
Stokeís 21-year-old Cope said: 'I was pleased with the way I played. I wasnít brilliant in the semis or the final but Iíve got to be happy with the week. I didnít feel tired during the final, I think itís just a question of getting that winning belief.
Once I get my first title it will set me off and by the law of averages I must win one eventually. Iím only 21 and Iím looking forward to winning titles. To get to two finals this season is brilliant.'
In the first session Cope seemed jaded and Dott took the advantage going 6-2 ahead at the end of the afternoon. But in the evening session Cope sparked into life and pulled back to only a one frame deficit at 6-5 which included quickfire breaks of 90 and 77.
Dott did not let this unsettle him and he responded with a break of 124 to take a 7-5 lead into the mid-session interval. He followed this with a break of 126 in the next with four to play.
With one more frame needed for victory Dott chipped away in a scrappy affair to gain a 27 point lead, finally securing victory with a blue and pink.
2010 China Open
Order of Play ( 29 Mar - 4 April 2010)
Draw Sheet | Century Breaks
|Monday 29 March
||WC1, WC2, WC3, WC4
||WC5, WC6, WC7, WC8
|Tuesday 30 March
||2, 8, 14,15
||3, 5, 7, 16
|Wednesday 31 March
||1, 6, 10, 12
||4, 9, 11, 13
|Thursday 1 April
||20, 21, 22, 23
||17, 18, 19, 24
|Friday 2 April
|Saturday 3 April
|Sunday 4 April
All matches up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 9 frames, the semi-finals are the best of 11 frames and the FInal is the best of 19 frames ( 8/11)
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THE CHINA OPEN - TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The China Open was staged for the first time in 1999. As snooker's popularity has grown in the region it has become a regular fixture on the calendar; indeed in 2007/08 there are two ranking events in China in the same season for the first time.
The tournament has been staged in Beijing regularly since 2005. The 2006 event, sponsored by Honghe Industrial, was the first under a new five-year agreemeent through which it is underwritten by the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association through its promoter International Sports Limited.
China Open Championship - Roll of Honour
|2009 - Peter Ebdon bt J.Higgins 10-8||2006 - Mark Williams bt J.Higgins 9-8|
|2008 - Stephen Maguire bt S.Murphy 10-9||2005 - Ding Junhui bt S.Hendry 9-5|
|2007 - Graeme Dott bt J.Cope 9-5||2002 - Mark Williams bt A.Hamilton 9-8|