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English Open champion Liang Wenbo rises to 12th in world rankings

English Open champion Liang Wenbo rises to 12th in rankings
By Eurosport

18/10/2016 at 16:47

China’s Liang Wenbo beat Judd Trump 9-6 in the final in Manchester to take the £70,000 top prize, and climbs eight spots from 20th.

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China’s Liang beat Judd Trump 9-6 in the final in Manchester to take the £70,000 top prize, and climbs eight spots from 20th.

He also earned a place at the Champion of Champions event to take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from November 7 to 12 where he will meet world champion Mark Selby in the first round.

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Trump remains third in the rankings, behind 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham and Selby.

Chris Wakelin beat Ronnie O'Sullivan on his way to reaching the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the second time in his career and he’s up three places to 67th. Anthony Hamilton got to the same stage for the first time in three years and he flies up 28 places to 79th.

Video - English Open champion Liang Wenbo chats to Ronnie O'Sullivan and Jimmy White

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Liang is into the top 16 at the expense of Kyren Wilson. There are three ranking events to go until the vital cut off point for The Dafabet Masters, with only the top 16 seeds to earn a place at Alexandra Palace in January.

Liang is up 18 places to fourth on the separate one-year list, which determines who will qualify for the World Grand Prix and Players Championship.

The top 32 will make it to the World Grand Prix in Preston in February, then the top 16 will earn spots at the Players Championship in Llandudno in March. Money earned in ranking events over the coming months is vital.

Video - Liang jumps for joy after winning English Open title

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Trump climbs two spots to fourth. Hamilton soars from 93rd to 44th while Wakelin is up from 95th to 47th.

As its stands there are five players inside the top 32 of the one-year list who are outside the top 32 of the two-year list. And four players inside the top 16 of the one-year list who are outside the top 16 of the two-year list.

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