Alexander Ursenbacher

Federer of the Baize

2017 English Open Semi-Finalist

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Alexander Ursenbacher is Switzerland’s second-ever professional player and in 2017 reached the semi-finals of a world ranking event for the first time in his career.

His main tour breakthrough came at the English Open in 2017 where he defeated players including former world champion Shaun Murphy on his way to reaching the semi-finals, eventually losing out to Kyren Wilson.

In 2020, he became the first Swiss player to qualify for the Crucible stages of the World Championship following victories against Chen Feilong, Gary Wilson and Andrew Higginson, before losing 10-2 to 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins.

At the 2019 Welsh Open he scored a first-career victory against Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-2 at the last 32 stage.

Ursenbacher has twice qualified for the World Snooker Tour by successfully coming through Q School (2013, 2019) and is a former winner of the EBSA European Under-21 Championship, having defeated Jackson Page in 2017. He is also a two-time Swiss national champion (2012, 2013).