Snooker stars to show their skills

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 June, 2007, 12:00am

Eight well-known players from Europe and Asia will battle for honours at the Euro-Asia Snooker Master Challenge 2007 next month.

The tournament will be held in Hong Kong from July 12-15. The players - four each from Europe and Asia - will compete in three events - the Euro-Asia Team Challenge, Euro-Asia Master Challenge and Euro-Asia vs Hong Kong Team Challenge.

The European contestants include John Higgins (world number one), Ken Doherty (number four), Ronnie O'Sullivan (number five) and Stephen Hendry (number eight). All of them have won the World Championship at least once.

They will play at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium on the opening day against their continental counterparts in a single-frame, best-of-nine competition to decide the winner of the first-ever Euro-Asia Team Challenge.

China's Ding Junhui (world number nine) will join Thai snooker icon James Wattana (number 33) and his compatriot, 2007 Asian champion Supoj Saenla, and Hong Kong favourite Marco Fu Ka-chun (number 27) to form the Asia squad.

The Master Challenge will be held from July 13-15. It will offer total prize money of HK$680,000, with the champion taking home HK$400,000.

The eight players will be divided into two groups, where they will play best-of-three frame matches under a round-robin format.

The top two players in each group will go through to the semi-finals.

The best-of-nine game grand final will be held on July 15.

Last Thursday's official draw saw Higgins, Ding, Hendry and Wattana in Group A, and O'Sullivan, Fu, Doherty and Supoj in Group B.

Before the final, there will be a Euro-Asia vs Hong Kong exhibition match, where the home team will challenge the world's snooker masters. The SAR team will include 2006 Doha Asian Games medallists Fung Kwok-wai and Chan Wai-ki, Chan Kwok-ming, Lin Tang-ho and Chan Hon-kwan. They will take on a select Euro-Asia team over five, single-frame games.

The tournament is part of activities celebrating the 10th anniversary of the handover.

Tickets at HK$200, HK$100 and HK$50 are available at all Urbtix outlets.

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