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World Snooker rankings: The updated Order of Merit following the 2017 China Open

Mark Williams was just two frames away from a return to the top 16 (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Mark Williams has agonisingly missed out on a place in the top 16 of the world rankings following his run to the final of the China Open, while Hossein Vafaei climbs into the top 64 for the first time after reaching the Last Four in Beijing.

Williams needed to go all the way in the Chinese capital and capture his first ranking title for six years in order to climb back into the elite bracket ahead of the final seeding cut-off point for this month’s World Championship.

However, despite embarking on a brilliant run that included victories over John Higgins and Shaun Murphy, the Welshman was just two frames short of automatic qualification for the Crucible, as he was edged out 10-8 by runaway world number one Mark Selby.

Therefore, the two-time World champion must come through three qualifying rounds in order to advance to the final stages of snooker’s blue-riband event.

Although, Williams will not be the only big name on display at Ponds Forge this week as the likes of Joe Perry and Martin Gould, who also needed deep runs at the China Open to have any chance of returning to the top 16, were unable to make the late surge that was required.

Elsewhere, there is no change of positions inside the top 16 with Selby extending his lead at the summit after securing a fourth ranking event success of the season, while a relieved Ryan Day held on to the 16th and final place to guarantee automatic qualification for the Crucible.

Further down, Vafaei has climbed 12 places and into the top 64 for the first time in his career after reaching the semi-finals in Beijing.

The Iranian claimed a huge scalp in defeating the in-form Judd Trump during his best-ever run in a ranking event, as he takes a huge stride towards tour survival.

Daniel Wells has also risen above the red line to 62nd after getting to the Last 16, although former finalist Gary Wilson’s tour card is under threat having dropped 15 places to 59th on the Order of Merit.

There is also danger for Joe Swail and Dechawat Poomjaeng – both of whom have dropped out of the top 64 and desperately need a couple of wins at Ponds Forge to stay alive on the one-year list at the very least.

Barring those on the first year of their tour card, the same scenario applies to the rest of the field that are currently below the red line, including former World champion Ken Doherty and crowd favourite Jimmy White.

World Ranking List following the 2017 China Open


1 Mark Selby £943,425
2 Judd Trump £598,000
3 Stuart Bingham £588, 762
4 Ding Junhui £465,950
5 Shaun Murphy £457,350
6 John Higgins £423,000
7 Barry Hawkins £380,250
8 Marco Fu £376,125
9 Neil Robertson £363,125
10 Ali Carter £322,575
11 Mark Allen £302,650
12 Ronnie O’Sullivan £291,250
13 Liang Wenbo £289,500
14 Kyren Wilson £264,425
15 Anthony McGill £230,150
16 Ryan Day £209,087
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17 Mark Williams £199,975
18 Martin Gould £194,975
19 Joe Perry £193,700
20 David Gilbert £188,650
21 Mark King £188,475
22 Ricky Walden £187,400
23 Michael Holt £175,500
24 Stephen Maguire £140,775
25 Anthony Hamilton* £134,925
26 Alan McManus £132,850
27 Michael White £129,825
28 Ben Woollaston £124,525
29 Graeme Dott £122,875
30 Luca Brecel £122,075
31 Robert Milkins £121,475
32 Tom Ford £115,500
33 Matthew Selt £114,000
34 Mark Davis £111,250
35 Dominic Dale £110,850
36 Jamie Jones £108,987
37 Zhou Yuelong £108,325
38 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh £101,675
39 Jimmy Robertson £101,487
40 Matthew Stevens £92,412
41 Mike Dunn £92,400
42 Peter Ebdon £89,387
43 Kurt Maflin £87,687
44 Xiao Guodong £85,775
45 Fergal O’Brien £85,062
46 Mark Joyce £81,662
47 Yu Delu £81,175
48 Stuart Carrington £80,450
49 Andrew Higginson £80,200
50 Robbie Williams £78,650
51 David Grace £77,475
52 Tian Pengfei £75,575
53 Sam Baird £74,025
54 Rory McLeod £72,687
55 Jack Lisowski £72,162
56 Li Hang £65,075
57 Robin Hull £64,375
58 Oliver Lines £62,787
59 Gary Wilson £58,862
60 Ian Burns £57,812
61 Alfie Burden £56,350
62 Daniel Wells £55,512
63 Yan Bingtao* £55,125
64 Hossein Vafaei £53,625
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65 Chris Wakelin £53,275
66 Scott Donaldson* £51,525
67 Joe Swail £50,387
68 Dechawat Poomjaeng £49,275
69 Ken Doherty £48,400
70 Ross Muir £47,150
71 Rod Lawler £46,437
72 Noppon Saengkham £44,050
73 Nigel Bond £40,275
74 Jamie Cope £39,125
75 Martin O’Donnell £38,950
76 Zhang Anda* £38,500
77 Jamie Burnett £35,025
78 Rhys Clark £34,250
79 Mei Xiwen* £32,212
80 John Astley* £31,125
81 Liam Highfield* £27,225
82 Akani Songsermsawad £25,500
83 Allan Taylor £23,737
84 Zhao Xintong* £23,537
85 James Wattana (ITC) £23,500
86 Sean O’Sullivan £23,300
87 Michael Georgiou* £23,237
88 Paul Davison £22,250
89 Eden Sharav £22,225
90 Mitchell Mann* £22,025
91 Lee Walker* £21,825
92 Sanderson Lam £20,950
93 Jimmy White £20,025
94 Zhang Yong £19,550
95 Jak Jones* £18,862
96 Sam Craigie* £18,862
97 Duane Jones £17,612
98 Aditya Mehta* £17,500
99 Wang Yuchen* £15,500
100 Darryl Hill £15,050
101 Fraser Patrick £14,600
102 James Cahill £14,125
103 Craig Steadman* £14,050
104 Hammad Miah* £13,837
105 Alex Borg* £13,000
106 Thor Chuan Leong* £11,900
107 Gareth Allen £11,800
108 Igor Figueiredo £11,725
109 Hamza Akbar £10,100
110 Adam Duffy* £9,362
111 Elliot Slessor* £9,362
112 Sydney Wilson £9,250
113 Ian Preece* £9,000
114 Josh Boileau* £8,312
115 Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn* £8,000
116 Fang Xiongman* £7,550
117 Michael Wild £6,625
118 Cao Yupeng* £6,525
119 Christopher Keogan* £5,050
120 Boonyarit Keattikun* £4,000
121 Chen Zhe* £3,500
122 Jamie Curtis-Barrett* £3,500
123 Kurt Dunham* £3,025
124 Jason Weston £2,600
125 David John* £2,337
126 Rouzi Maimaiti* £0
127 Itaro Santos £0
128 Hatem Yassen £0
129 Leo Fernandez* £0

* This denotes a player who has a 2-year tour card covering the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons
ITC – This denotes a player who has an Invitational Tour Card to compete in event



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World Snooker rankings: The updated Order of Merit following the 2017 China Open

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