Matthew Selt (@1.22) vs Si Jiahui (@4.0)
03-10-2019

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Matthew Selt will win

Matthew Selt – Si Jiahui Match Prediction | 03-10-2019 09:30

The defending champion, Neil Robertson, previously defeated Jack Lisowski in the 2018 final. 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. 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.

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. Lisowski scored the highest break of the tournament, a 145. Yan Bingtao defeated Mark Joyce 52 in the final, winning the event and earning his first career ranking title. The event had a total prize fund of 278,000 with the winner receiving 50,000. No players from the top 20 in the world reached the quarter-finals. Qualifying for the event was held between 10 and 13 June 2019 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England.

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Selt was the only remaining player who had previously won a ranking event (the 2019 Indian Open). 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. 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.

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. 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.

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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.

In reaching the semi-finals, Trump was guaranteed to return to world number one after the tournament for the first time since 2013.[23] Selby won three of the first four frames to lead 31.[19] However, Trump won the next four frames to lead 53 after the first session with breaks of 97, 108, 97 and 116.[19] In the second session, Trump won the first three frames to lead 83 including two more 90+ breaks. The first semi-final took place on 9 August 2019, between Selby and Trump.

The second semi-final was a rematch of the 2019 Scottish Masters final between Murphy and Allen. Murphy won the first five frames of the match, with Allen not scoring a single point until frame four.[18] Allen fought back to trail 36 after the first session.[18] Murphy won the first frame of the second session, before Allen won the next two. Murphy won frame 13 to need just one more frame for victory. Allen won the next two frames to push the match into the interval.

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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.

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.

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. Qualifying for the event took place 1417 June 2019 in Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England.

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Graeme Dott qualified to play Shaun Murphy in the second quarter-final. 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.

In winning the event, Trump returned to the world number one position, that he had last held in 2013. Reigning world champion Judd Trump won the event and his 12th ranking championship with a 103 win over Murphy in the final. 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.