Gary Wilson (@1.36) vs Mei Xiwen (@3.0)

Our Prediction:

Gary Wilson will win

Gary Wilson – Mei Xiwen Match Prediction | 04-10-2019 05:00

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.

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.

Matthew Selt defeated Mark King 41 to reach the semi-final. After defeating Lyu Haotian and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in previous rounds, Kurt Maflin defeated Luo Honghao 41, reaching his third career semi-final. 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.

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In 2016, Mei was given the Chinese nomination for a two-year professional tour place starting with the 2016/2017 season.[4]In qualifying for the 2016 Shanghai Masters, Mei defeated Sanderson Lam 52, Gary Wilson 53, Dominic Dale 51 and Graeme Dott 50 to reach the televised stages in Shanghai.[5] At the venue, he beat two-time world champion Mark Williams 53 to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time in his career. He faced Ryan Day for a place in the quarter-finals, with Day pulling away from 22 to win 52.[6] Mei defeated Jack Lisowski 65 and Martin Gould 63 at the UK Championship and then lost 64 to Marco Fu.

Mei received a wildcard entry in to the 2010 Shanghai Masters and beat Mike Dunn 51, before losing 52 to Mark Selby.

In the first frame, Yan required a snooker and fluked the cue ball behind the black, forcing Joyce to hit the blue ball instead of the brown, awarding Yan enough penalty points to be able to win the frame.[14] Yan cleared the table to win the first frame. Yan won the second frame to lead 20, but Joyce won the third with a century break.[14] Yan won three of the next four frames, with breaks of higher than 50. The final between Yan and Joyce was played at 7 p.m. GMT and refereed by Tatiana Woollaston.[13] It was Joyce's first final, and neither player had previously won a ranking event.

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

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

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Mei made his debut on the Main Tour in the 2009/2010 season, as the ACBS Asian nomination, playing his first match at the 2009 Grand Prix. He lost 50 to Patrick Wallace, and was defeated in his next two matches, in the UK Championship and the Welsh Open, to Atthasit Mahitthi and Stephen Rowlings respectively. Mei recorded his first win as a professional in the 2010 China Open, where he beat Noppadol Sangnil 54, having trailed 42, but lost in the next round, 51 to Robert Milkins.