Wuxi Classic 2011 preview

04:15:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

The countdown has begun and the 2011 Wuxi Classic tournament that starts today marks the beginning of 18 full days of televised snooker. Isn't this exciting? I know I shall love every moment of it to bits :-)

The Wuxi Classic is held in the beautiful city of Wuxi, China and will be a very, very important tournament for Shaun Murphy. The player we all like to call "The Magician" is the defending champion of this Chinese competition. So the odds favor him as to win it again. However, we've all witnessed some pretty twisted situations during last season and we also know that with such a high standard, one cannot be totally certain that a player is to win a tournament.
But what am I saying here? The main thing is that we shall be able to see LIVE snooker again, although the hours will not be pretty, especially if you live in the UK. Still, this will not make the snooker less pleasant, so let's get a look of this tournament's history a bit and then let's check the schedule for the first day of snooker battles.

Flowers and glory for Shaun Murphy in 2010
It was 2008 when the Jiangsu Classic tournament saw the light of day (that's when Wuxi Classic was actually born) and one more year had to pass until we would all see its name changed. The transition was made step by step. If the first edition of this lovely tournament was held in two cities (yes, you’ve read it correctly) - Nanjing and Wuxi - the second year will offer only one city for snooker - Wuxi.
And so it happened, as in 2010 the tournament’s format was changed and its name was now officially: Wuxi Classic. The final was a genuine battle of cues, it had everything: drama, suspense, nails went missing ... the whole package :-)) In the end, the one that was standing being Shaun Murphy, who succeeded to defeat the local super-star Ding Junhui 9-8.

Now, the time has come to defend that title, or to let other player take it. Only time will tell. So, for the next four days, names like Peter Ebdon, Matthew Stevens, Stephen Maguire, Graeme Dott, Mark Selby, Ali Carter, Ding Junhui, Liang Wenbo, Cao Yupeng and Rouzi Maimaiti, will try their best to keep us glued to our TV screens. I bet they will succeed in the process, as they always do. :-)

Without other information, here's today's schedule:

From 06:00
Peter Ebdon v. Rouzi Maimaiti
Matthew Stevens v. Yu Delu

From 12:30
Stephen Maguire v. Liang Wenbo
Graeme Dott v. Cao Yupeng
*all hours are UK time

TV coverage:
06:00 - 09:00 British Eurosport 2
12:30 - 15:30 British Eurosport 2
21:00 - 22:40 British Eurosport 2 - the highlights

Please keep in mind that the rule at hand is "the best of nine" frames until the semis will kick in.
Best of luck to all the lads and let the televised snooker begin!!! So happy, aren't you? ;-)