Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Back after a short break and the World Championships start

After a break from updating the Professional Snooker Elo Ratings due to work commitments and travelling to Wembley to watch Everton's victory in the F.A. Cup Semi final, I'm now back up to speed and updating the ratings whilst the World Championship is in progress.

But first, let's get the ratings updated following the 2009 Bank of Beijing China Open. Peter Ebdon moves back into the top 16 thanks to his victory in Beijing, rising 14 places from 25th into 11th spot in the rankings. John Higgins regains 2nd spot from Ali Carter thanks to his final appearance and stands just 43 rating points behind Ronnie O'Sullivan who keeps hold of top spot.

Ryan Day's semi final appearance sees him cement his place in the top 10 and he moves up 4 places into 6th spot.

Despite losing his qualifying match in Beijing, Liang Wenbo moves up 6 places thanks to his performances in the qualifying rounds of the Betfred.com World Championship and he now lies in 20th spot, just 34 rating points behind Matthew Stevens in 16th. But with Stevens failing to qualify for Sheffield, several players behind him who will be appearing are looking to move into the top 16 - including Stephen Hendry and Mark Allen.

Ricky Walden's performance in China sees him regain the lead in the race for the Player of the Season title. With the previous leader, Judd Trump, crashing out to Tang Jung in the Wild Card round - Ricky's lead over 2nd placed Dave Harold is quite big at 51 points, however don't count out John Higgins just yet. The Scot is in 3rd place in the race and is 58 points behind Ricky which could easily be overhauled depending on what happens in Sheffield.

And don't forget, that the blog will be providing a round-by-round update to the state of play in the races to be number 1 and the Player of the Year.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

2009 World Championship Draw

This morning saw the draw made for the 2009 World Championship with some interesting matches in the first round.

Stephen Hendry, who has had a very lean time this season, faces another former World Champion, and former Elo Number 1 - Mark Williams. Hendry has fallen from 8th place at the start of the season in the Elo Rankings and is currently in 17th spot, just 7 rating points outside the top 16, whilst Williams has risen from 14th at the start of the season to 11th. However, depending on what happens in the China Open, these two could be closer together when they play at Sheffield.

Another match that catches the eye is the clash between the top two Chinese players with Liang Wenbo being drawn against Ding Junhui. This season saw Wenbo start in 30th place in the Elo Rankings and his performances so far have seen him move up into 22nd - however, he is yet to play his qualifying matches for the China Open and he could move further up the rankings depending on how he performs in Beijing. Junhui, on the other hand, has seen his ranking remain fairly static having moved up just 1 place in the rankings from 13th to 12th having lost 5 rating points so far this season.

Steve Davis faces current Bahrain winner Neil Robertson, and some will see that as a tough draw for the 51 year old. However the last meeting between the players saw Davis win 5:4 in the Last 32 of this seasons Royal London Watches Grand Prix, so there may be an upset in this one.

The full draw is as follows:

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Stuart Bingham
Mark Allen v Martin Gould
Peter Ebdon v Nigel Bond
Ryan Day v Stephen Lee
John Higgins v Michael Holt
Joe Perry v Jamie Cope
Graeme Dott v Barry Hawkins
Mark Selby v Ricky Walden
Shaun Murphy v Andrew Higginson
Marco Fu v Joe Swail
Ding Junhui v Liang Wenbo
Stephen Hendry v Mark Williams
Ali Carter v Gerard Greene
Neil Robertson v Steve Davis
Mark King v Rory McLeod
Stephen Maguire v Jamie Burnett

The website also has the draw in a convenient pdf format for you to view or even print out and can be viewed by clicking on the red ball on the 2008/09 season page.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Welcome to the Professional Snooker Elo Ratings blog

As the ratings website is expanded and updated we've added a new feature - the Professional Snooker Elo Ratings blog.

Here we will provide updates to the Professional Snooker Elo Ratings as tournaments progress.

The final qualifying round for the 2009 World Championship is finishing today and we will have an update tomorrow on any changes to the current ratings when all matches have been finalised and the draw for the World Championship has been completed.