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International Championship 2016

30 October 2016 No Comment

The International Championship proper was played in Daqing, China, from Sunday 23 October to Sunday 30 October and was won by Mark Selby who beat Ding Junhui by a severe 10-1 in the final. Once again it was Judd who got the best result among the Grove players: he reached the semi finals where he lost by 9-4 to Ding Junhui. Neil lost in the last 16, Li Hang in the last 32, Luca Brecel and Oliver Lines – who had to play Neil – in the last 64.

Judd had played extremely well to reach the semi finals and what he has done over the last month should not be underestimated: a tournament win, a tournament final and a tournament semi-final. It’s impossible to sustain such high level all the time, every player has a bad day now and then, and, for Judd, this came in the semi-finals in Daqing. The day before he had played what was probably the best match of the tournament: he beat Shaun Murphy in the quarter finals, by 6-5, in a very high quality match that lasted over three hours.
The decider was a thrilling affair:

All detailed results are in Cuetracker as usual.

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