Player Form In China Since 2008

The World Open begins on the 25th February in Haikou, China and asthere have been plenty of comments, both positive and negative, inrecent months about playing conditions in China I thought it mightbe worth looking at which players have done

The World Open begins on the 25th February in Haikou, China and as there have been plenty of comments, both positive and negative, in recent months about playing conditions in China I thought it might be worth looking at which players have done well on trips to Asia.
Below is a table of the winners, finalists and beaten semi-finalists since 2008. During that time there have been seventeen tournaments in China. I have included all results I could find and that includes PTC, Ranking events and Invitationals
Wins Beaten Finalist Beaten Semi
Allen2 Ding 3 Murphy 5
Bingham 2 Lee 2 Selby 3
Ebdon 2 Selby 2 Day 2
Trump 2 Bingham Ding 2
Walden 2 Burnett Milkins 2
Carter Higgins Allen
Ding Li Hang Campbell
Higgins Maguire Cao Yupeng
Lee O'Sullivan Carter
O'Sullivan Robertson Chen Zhe
Selby Trump Cope
Williams Wenbo Ebdon
Williams Ford
Fu
Higgins
King
Lee
M Davis
Maguire
Perry
Pettman
Robertson
M White
Williams
Xiao Guodong
So, Allen, Bingham, Ebdon, Trump and Walden are the only players to win on more than one occasion in China since 2008, perhaps not the list of players one might expect? Certainly Ebdon and Walden are names you may not expect to have won twice from seventeen tournaments.
Stuart Bingham's trio of final appearances have all come this season so Bingham obviously adapts well to the requirements of playing in Asia.
We can also see that Mark Selby and Ding Junhui have made six semi-finals each during this time, two excellent performances but both only went on to take the tournament on one occasion.
Even more surprising is the fact that Shaun Murphy has made five semi-finals but has not managed to get past that stage once. Does this bring into question Murphy's temperament at the end of a tournament or has he just been unlucky?
Neal Robertson has only managed one loss in a final and one loss in a semi. Not a great return for a player of his ability. Perhaps Robertson is one to avoid when playing in China?
I will take a closer look at the World Open later in the week but if anyone has any comments on the above please feel free to let me know.

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