World Grand Prix: Top five Guild Hall moments

Barry Hawkins backstage at the Guild Hall (photo: Michael Ellison)
Barry Hawkins backstage at the Guild Hall (photo: Michael Ellison)
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Top class snooker returned to Preston as the Guild Hall hosted the World Grand Prix, featuring 32 of the world’s best players.

Barry Hawkins survived a late fightback from Ryan Day to secure a 10-7 victory and claim the World Grand Prix crown on Sunday.

Hawkins with the trophy (photo: Michael Ellison)

Hawkins with the trophy (photo: Michael Ellison)

Here is a look back at the top five moments from the event:

1. There was a point in Ryan Day’s semi-final against Marco Fu where it looked almost certain the Welshman would be going home. Day trailed 4-2 but came back with a thrilling response, taking the next couple of frames – the latter requiring four snookers – before winning another two on the way to booking his spot in the final.

2. World number four Judd Trump went into the tournament as one of the favourites and certainly got heads turning in his first round match against Tom Ford. The 2011 UK Champion found himself trailing Ford but then produced a stunning 145 break to draw level before winning the next two frames and progressing to the second round.

3. Ronnie O’Sullivan is arguably the most naturally gifted player on the baize but he came up against a hot prospect in Yan Bingtao during the first round. The teenager, who turns 17 later this week, ensured it was far from a walk in the park for the rocket drawing level at 2-2 before having the audacity to play left-handed shots right under O’Sullivan’s nose – much to the appreciation of the five-time world champion.

4. Day’s second-round clash against fellow Welshman Michael White will probably be remembered for how close the former came to making a maximum. He missed a pink and the chance to claim £5000, with just black left on the table.

5. The award for the most unconventional shot has to go to Liang Wenbo. The Chinese player, one of five at the tournament, decided to hit a red by pointing the cue towards himself rather than opting for the rest during the opening frame of his quarter-final against Joe Perry.