Mark Allen (@1.03) vs Andy Lee (@12.0)
17-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Mark Allen will win

Mark Allen – Andy Lee Match Prediction | 17-10-2019 14:00

The fourth round began on 5 December 2018.[5] Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan progressed to the quarter-finals, defeating Jack Lisowski by a 61 scoreline.[16] However, world champion Mark Williams lost to 15th seed Stephen Maguire in a deciding frame, having led 40 earlier in the match.[16]Martin O'Donnell (ranked 56th) upset China's eighth seed Ding Junhui by 64, and then defeated Judd Trump by the same scoreline to eliminate him from the competition.[17]Tom Ford survived a decider with Lu Ning, the lowest ranked player left in the tournament.

The second set of quarter-finals took place in the evening and saw Mark Allen defeat Stephen Maguire 61.[21] Maguire blamed his loss on the playing conditions, stating that "you can't play good snooker" on the table used.[22] Despite the scoreline, Allen said he felt as though "he didn't play well".[21] In the last quarter-final, 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham defeated Kyren Wilson 62.

In doing so, he became the first player since Stephen Hendry in 1996 to successfully defend the UK title. Ronnie O'Sullivan, the defending champion, defeated Mark Allen 106 in the final, winning his 7th UK Championship and his 34th ranking event overall. O'Sullivan broke Hendry's record for the most Triple Crown titles (18), Steve Davis's record of UK Championship titles (6) and became the second player to defend all Triple Crown tournaments at least once, after Hendry.

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. 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.

Qualifying[edit]

The next event of the season, the 2018 Scottish Open, began on 10December, the day after the final of the UK Championship.

Ronnie O'Sullivan, who is critical of the number of events on the calendar and the punishing tour schedule, said he was ready to start a "breakaway tour" which would be separate from the World Snooker Tour.[33][34] He stated that he would ask "four or five unhappy players", including Stephen Hendry and John Higgins, to start a new "Champions League-style" tour.

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.

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.

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.