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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Main draw[edit]

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.

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.