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Ali Carter

Allister “Ali” Carter (born 25 July 1979, Colchester, Essex, England) is a four times ranking event winner and twice a World Championship finalist, twice losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan, in 2008 and 2012. His highest ranking was n°2, he has made well over 200 competitive centuries, including two 147, one of them at the Crucible in 2012.
Ali has an excellent all-round game; he is tactically very sound and very hard to beat.

The 2017/18 season was a rather indifferent for Ali, who reached the semi finals only one in a ranking event, in the China Championship 2017, and did go past the last 32 only three times in ranking events all season. However he finished the season on a high, reaching the QF at the World Championship, losing only to the eventual winner Mark Williams. En route Ali had beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan in the last 16, something he had never done before in any ranking event and they had met 13 times… Afterwards, Ali declared that this was a massive boost of confidence ahead to the 2018/19 season.

The 2018/19 season was also an indifferent one for Ali with just one final in the World Grand Prix 2019, where he was beaten by Judd Trump. Other than that he never got past the quarter-finals all season. In the World Championship, where he was a qualifier, he reached the quarter-finals where he lost to Gary Wilson, another qualifier and one of the biggest surprises of the championship. He finished the season ranked 17.

The 2019/20 season was a poor one for Ali who only won 53% of the matches he played. In ranking events, he only once got past the last 16 round: he reached the semi-finals of the European Masters 2020, losing by 6-1 to Neil Robertson, the eventual champion. The highlight of Ali’s season was reaching the Final of the 2020 Masters. Ali was ranked 17 at the time and only got in the draw because Ronnie O’Sullivan opted out. He made the most of it.

The 2020/21 season was better than the previous one as Ali managed to win 68% of his matches. He reached the semi-finals of the 2020 Northern Ireland Open, and the quarter-finals of the 2021 Welsh Open. He did extremely well in the “round-robin” competitions, getting to the Winners Group of the 2021 spring Championship League Snooker, and to the Final Group of the 2021 WST Pro Series. He also managed to qualify for the Crucible stage of the 2021 World Championship where he lost by 10-9 to Jack Lisowski in the last 32.

Ranking titles:

Main Ranking Events:

Welsh Open 2009
Shanghai Masters 2010
German Masters 2012
World Open 2016

Minor Ranking Events:

Paul Hunter Classic 2015

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One Comment »

  • stevie mcqueen said:

    unlucky in the worlds this year ali i’m a big fan of yours! if i’m every in the area i’ll pop in and say hello!

    all the best

    Stevie from Glasgow.

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