Squash » China Open 2015
01-06 Sep, Shanghai, $100k + $58k
13/11, 11/7, 11/7 (32m)
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 3-0 Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (40m)
Raneem & Greg are China Champions
Many thanks to Chris Wang and Beijing USS Club (who funded Chris's trip) for the reports and photos
Malcolm Willstrop on the finals
Matches between players from the same country do not always connect, but although 18 year old Nouran Gohar lost 3/0 to World No.1 Raneem el Welily, she gave a good account of herself.
01-06 Sep, Shanghai, $100k
12/14, 12/10, 7/11, 11/7, 11/6 (72m)
11/9, 11/8, 11/5 (36m)
5/11, 11/9, 14/12, 8/11, 7/8 rtd (107m)
11/6, 11/2, 11/4 (40m)
 Gregory Gaultier
11/8, 14/12, 11/8 (45m)
Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
11/9, 11/7, 11/7 (63m)
Daryl Selby (Eng)
11/5, 12/10, 11/9 (57m)
[wc] Ivan Yuen (Mas)
9/11, 11/3, 11/3, 11/8 (52m)
 Simon Rosner (Ger)
11/5, 9/11, 11/6, 11/6 (63m)
 Mathieu Castagnet
 Gregory Gaultier
11/3, 11/1, 7/11, 11/9 (64m)
 Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
14/12, 11/5, 11/3 (50m)
 Peter Barker (Eng)
 Gregory Gaultier
11/9, 11/8, 11/7 (45m)
 Gregory Gaultier (Fra)
Greg Lobban (Sco) 3-2 Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 7/11, 5/11, 11/8, 11/9, 11/5 (80m)
Tom Richards (Eng) 3-0 Olli Tuominen (Fin) 11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (33m)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-0 Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 11/5, 11/9, 11/5 (40m)
01 Sep, Qualifying Round One
Leo Au (Hkg) 3-0 Charles Sharpes (Eng) 11/7, 11/2, 11/5
Greg Lobban (Sco) 3-0 Elvinn Keo (Mas) 11/7, 11/7, 11/5
Nicolas Mueller (Sui) 3-0 Fabrice Simon (Fra) 11/5, 11/1, 11/7
Olli Tuominen (Fin) 3-0 Faisal E Hassa (Zim) 11/6, 11/4, 11/7
Omar Abdel Meguid (Egy) 3-0 Jiaqi Shen (Chn) 11/3, 11/6, 11/3
Saurav Ghosal (Ind) 3-0 Junjie Wang (Chn) 11/1, 11/3, 11/2
01-06 Sep, Shanghai, $58k
11/6, 11/8, 10/12, 11/5 (43m)
[Q] Coline Aumard (Fra)
9/11, 11/8, 11/5, 11/9 (45m)
11/8, 11/9, 11/8 (42m)
 Camille Serme
13/11, 11/7, 11/7 (32m)
 Raneem El Welily
14/12, 11/4, 11/5 (34m)
11/8, 7/11, 7/11, 11/1, 11/6 (53m)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11/7, 11/7, 11/7 (40m)
11/6, 9/11, 11/6, 11/6 (45m)
Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11/5, 11/1, 11/6 (23m)
11/4, 11/5, 11/8 (40m)
11/5, 11/5, 11/9 (25m)
 Raneem El Welily
11/6, 11/4, 11/5 (24m)
11/5, 11/7, 8/11, 8/11, 11/9 (64m)
11/2, 11/0 rtd (12m)
 Raneem El Welily
5/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5 (42m)
 Raneem El Welily (Egy)
Heba El Torky (Egy) 3-2 Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 8/11, 11/8, 11/2, 7/11, 11/9 (56m)
Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-0 Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy) 12/10, 11/8, 11/5 (30m)
Coline Aumard (Fra) 3-0 Emily Whitlock (Eng) 11/7, 11/9, 11/9 (39m)
Tesni Evans (Wal) 3-0 Ma Lu (Chn) 11/3, 11/1, 11/3
Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 3-0 Gu Jinyue (Chn) 11/2, 11/1, 11/3
Heba El Torky (Egy) 3-1 Milou van der Heijden (Ned) 11/7, 8/11, 9/4 rtd
Donna Urquhart (Aus) 3-0 Chloe Mesic (Fra) 11/6, 11/3, 11/4
Coline Aumard (Fra) 3-0 Hong Shen (Chn) 11/2, 11/1, 11/2
Emily Whitlock (Eng) 3-0 Peng Zhenni (Chn) 11/1, 11/1, 11/3
Gohar grabs another scalp in Shanghai
as Marwan makes the final .
Reports from Chris Wang
photos from Chris Wang
If anyone had predicted a semi final line up without Mohamed el Shorbagy and Nicol David, they would have been thought to be deranged. But that is how it is.
Raneem El Welily 3-0 Amanda Sobhy
Leo Au must wake up wondering if he has been dreaming: he has beaten the 2014 China Open Champion James Willstrop, German No.1 Simon Rosner and French No. 2 Mathieu Castagnet in succession.
After Nouran Gohar's marvellous win over Nicol David in the quarter final, could she repeat the dose against British Open champion Camille Serme? The answer is that she could, and did, winning 3/0.
It might have been expected that it would be Mohammed el Shorbagy who would feature in the semi-final, but it was younger brother Marwan who faced fellow Egyptian Omar Mosaad.
Gohar downs David as Marwan takes revenge on Max - and Leo marches on !
Hong Kong duo in stunning Shanghai upsets
out in qualifying
Malcolm Willstrop reports
From then on she always looked the more probable winner, chasing up well and making winner of her own.
Under way in Shanghai
The 2015 edition of the China Open gets under way today in Shanghai, with 2014 Champion James Willstrop top seed in the men's qualifying event!
Malcolm Willstrop reports
from Malcolm Willstrop
Shanghai skyline by Jenny Duncalf (it's quite wide)
The China Open is a professional snooker tournament. It is one of a number of ranking tournaments.
The event was revived for the 2004/05 season due to the increasing popularity of snooker in China. To this extent, an extra wildcard round was included before the first round proper to allow for sixteen of the top Chinese players to showcase their abilities. It was the first ranking tournament to be played in Asia for three years.
The tournament currently takes place at the Beijing University Students Gymnasium, Haidian District, Beijing in March. It is the last ranking event before the World Championship, although its qualifying tournament is held in December, before several others, due to the organisational logistics of players travelling outside Europe.
The China Open was also a ranking tournament between 1995/96 and 2001/02, with a one season hiatus in 1997/98, played under the names of Thailand Classic, Asian Classic, China Challenge and China International.
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The China Open is a regular tournament on the World Snooker calendar and has existed in some form since 1997. The event has increased in importance over the last few years coinciding with the popularity of snooker in Asia; it’s currently estimated that around 30 million people play snooker in China, which is more than any other country in the world.
The China Open is one of the most lucrative snooker tournaments there is. The prize money available is in the region of £325,000, which puts the event just behind the UK Championship and the World Championship in terms of financial clout.History of the China Open
The history of the China Open started in 1997 when a non-ranking tournament was created for the top 16 players in the world as well as some young Chinese players trying to rise up the world rankings. The final format up to 2008 was the best of 17 frames matches, which meant shorter matches during the earlier rounds and a better chance for the local players to upset the odds.
The history of the China Open has allowed some amazing Asian talent to progress to a point where they will now be considered a favourite for China Open betting. The perfect example of this is Ding Junhui who entered the tournament as a wildcard in 2005 before winning the title in front of a home crowd. Ding has since gone on to win the UK Championship twice and The Masters.Format of the China Open
The format of the China Open makes China Open betting fascinating during the early rounds. All matches up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of nine frames which makes the matches short and snappy where anything can happen. China Open betting increases in difficulty for the semi-finals that are the best of 11 frames and the final that is a best-of-ten-frames affair.
It’s important to remember that the format of the China Open includes entry for relatively unknown Asian players. There are only two Asian players currently in the world top 32; Ding Junhui and Marco Fu. This makes the chances of a big snooker betting upset unlikely.
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Question: What do Lightening McQueen, a Nike sneaker and an iPad have in common? Answer: China. Chinese products seem to be everywhere: the majority of tags, labels and stickers display the legend “Made in China.” The Western consumer may ask, “why is everything made in China?” Some may think the ubiquity of Chinese products is due to the abundance of cheap Chinese labor that brings down the production costs, but there is much more to it. Here are five reasons China is "the world's factory.”
China is home to approximately 1.35 billion people, which makes it the most populous country in the world. The law of supply and demand tells us that since the supply of workers is greater than the demand for low-wage workers, wages stay low. Moreover, the majority of Chinese were rural and lower-middle-class or poor and until the late 20th century when internal migration turned the country's rural-urban distribution upside-down. Immigrants to industrial cities are willing to work many shifts for low wages.
China doesn’t follow (not strictly at least) laws related to child labor or minimum wages, which are more widely observed in the West. However, this situation may change. According to the China Labour Bulletin, from 2009 to 2014 minimum wages have almost doubled in mainland China. Shanghai’s minimum hourly rate is now up to 17 yuan ($2.78) per hour or 1,820 yuan ($297.15) a month. In Shenzhen the rate is 1,808 yuan per month ($295.19) and 16.50 yuan ($2.69) per hour based on an exchange rate of 1 yuan = $0.16. The huge labor pool in China helps to produce in bulk, accommodate any seasonal industry requirement, and even cater to sudden rises in the demand schedule. (For more, see: Do Cheap Imported Goods Cost Americans Jobs?)
Industrial production does not take place in isolation, but rather relies on networks of suppliers, component manufacturers, distributors, government agencies and customers who are all involved in the process of production through competition and cooperation. The business ecosystem in China has evolved quite a lot in the last thirty years. For example Shenzhen, a city bordering Hong Kong in the south-east, has evolved as a hub for the electronics industry. It has a cultivated an ecosystem to support the manufacturing supply chain, including component manufacturers, low cost workers, a technical workforce, assembly suppliers and customers.
For example, American companies like Apple Inc. (AAPL) take advantages of supply chain efficiencies in the Mainland to keep costs low and margins high. Foxconn (the main company which manufactures Apple products) has multiple suppliers and manufactures of components that are at nearby locations, and it would be economically unfeasible to take the components to U.S. to assemble the final product. (For more, see: China’s Economic Indicators.)
Manufacturers in the West are expected to comply with certain basic guidelines with regards to child labor, involuntary labor, health and safety norms, wage and hour laws, and protection of the environment. Chinese factories are known for not following most of these laws and guidelines, even in a permissive regulatory environment. Chinese factories employ child labor, have long shift hours and the workers are not provided with compensation insurance. Some factories even have policies where the workers are paid once a year, a strategy to keep them from quitting before the year is out. Environmental protection laws are routinely ignored, thus Chinese factories cut down on waste management costs. According to a World Bank report in 2013, sixteen of the world’s top twenty most polluted cities are in China. (For more, see: Boom or Bust? The End of China's One-Child Policy.)
The export tax rebate policy was initiated in 1985 by China as a way to boost the competitiveness of its exports by abolishing double taxation on exported goods. Exported goods are subject to zero percent value added tax (VAT), meaning they enjoy a VAT exemption or rebate policy. On the other hand, the U.S. doesn’t have a VAT and import taxes are only applicable to certain goods like tobacco and alcohol. Consumer products from China are exempted from any import taxes. Lower tax rates help to keep the cost of production low. (For more, see: Top 6 Factors That Drive Investment In China.)
China has been accused of artificially depressing the value of the yuan to provide an edge for its exports against similar goods produced by a U.S. competitor. The yuan was estimated to be undervalued by 30% against the dollar in late 2005. The Chinese yuan has, however, been steadily increasing in value against the dollar over the past few years. According to the Bank for International Settlements, the real appreciation of the yuan between the end of 2011 and March 2014 was about 7%. China keeps a check on the appreciation of yuan by buying dollars and selling yuan, a practice that has swelled Chinese foreign exchange reserves to approximately $4 trillion. (See: Why China's Currency Tangos With The USD.)
In the recent times, pundits have wondered if China will lose its spot as "the world's factory” as emerging economies offering cheap labor and rising wages dull China's competitive edge. The availability of cheap labor is just one of the many factors that have made China a manufacturing hub, however, and it will take more than cutthroat desire for emerging economies to set up a business ecosystem that can compete with China's. For some time to come, China will be "the world factory” with its low production costs, huge labor pool, vast talent base and business ecosystem.The Financial Fitness Tour Test Your Financial Fitness Securing Your Future Trump, GOP Release Tax Reform Plan Which Income Class Are You?
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