Following Kyren Wilson’s victory at the Bank of Communications Shanghai Masters on Sunday the official world rankings will once again be updated this week and will form the basis of the new latest seedings list, revised for the first time since July’s Australian Goldfields Open.
Today I take my usual look at some of the key changes in respect of the traditional ‘tiers’ and also the the coming weeks as the likes of Marco Fu and India’s Aditya Mehta are amongst the players with a large amount of prize money to defend over that period.
As ever, this round-up and the suggested seedings implications are stated on the basis that every player ranked inside of the world’s top 64 enters the relevant events.
World number one Mark Selby retains top spot despite his withdrawal from the Bank of Communications Shanghai Masters following the sad news of a family bereavement early in the week.
With his run to the semi-finals in Shanghai however, second ranked Stuart Bingham has narrowed the gap to Selby slightly and looking ahead, does mathematically have the opportunity to overhaul him in the list after November’s International Championship.
The Top 16
Despite his last 32 defeat to top 16 challenger Mark Davis in Shanghai last week, Welshman Michael White remains inside that elite bracket with 17th placed Graeme Dott also losing out at the same stage to Ryan Day.
While the group of players battling it out for the last few top 16 spots has been a familiar one in recent months, looking ahead to the next cut-off we can see that Marco Fu is now in danger of being drawn into this scrap, as the prize money earned from his run to the final of the 2013 International Championship is deducted from his ranking following this year’s event.
It is all about the Wilsons for the top 32 cut-off as Kyren usurps namesake Gary following his victory at the Bank of Communications Shanghai Masters.
Indeed Kyren gains an impressive 32 places as he soars from 54th place to 22nd and with few points to defend over the course of not just this season, but next year as well, he has every opportunity to climb higher still over the coming months.
Gary meanwhile drops six places to 38th, a consequence of his failure to qualify for the venue stage in Shanghai and the removal from his ranking of money earned two years ago.
As was the case at the previous seedings revision there are no new entries into the top 64, but looking ahead to the next cut-off in November we can now see that for the first time this season, we are likely to see the best performing second years begin to overhaul some of the players struggling towards the bottom of the top 64.
One player to keep an eye on is 52nd placed Aditya Mehta, who is set to lose the points earned from his run to the 2013 Indian Open final and as a result see his top 64 status come under threat in the coming weeks.
The rankings will continue to be updated after each event, with the next seeding revision coming on 2 November 2015 following the venue stages of the International Championship.