Article by Adam Brown.
The Shanghai Masters has become one of the most recognisable and popular events on the calendar, especially for the top 16 players as this is one of the few events that they are exempt from qualifying and progress straight through to the final stages in China.
The final qualifying round saw players ranked 17-32 enter the tournament and it was Ali Carter who was the biggest name to fall as he went down 5-3 to Englishman David Grace after Grace made breaks of 68 and 78 in the final two frames to make his way through. Another casualty of the final round was Chinese sensation Xiao Guodong as he was edged out in a decider by world number 44 Mike Dunn, despite making three frame winning breaks earlier in the match.
World Number 17 Mark Davis edged through a very nervy affair against the ever improving Tian Pengfei. Davis did not make one break over 50 in the match, but managed to take a scrappy deciding frame to ensure his place in Shanghai.
The highest ranked player to make it through to the finals was Stoke’s Jamie Cope. Cope, now world number 94 has suffered a crisis of confidence in the last couple of years, but he managed to put all that behind him after winning four qualifying matches to make it to Shanghai. This included a 5-4 victory over Gary Wilson in the final round despite being 4-3 behind.
The match of the round came between Alan McManus and Rory McLeod, with the Scot edging through in a deciding frame. McManus was 4-2 behind in the match and needed two snookers. After a long battle McManus got the points back and cleared up to go 4-3 and then made breaks of 51 and 60 to steal the match right from under McLeod.
Youngsters Ben Woolaston, Kyren Wilson and Luca Brecel all booked their tickets to Shanghai as did veterans Peter Ebdon, Ryan Day and Robert Milkins to set up a an exciting event in China. See below for the full draw.
The Shanghai Masters will take place in Shanghai, China starting 14th September till 20th September.
Stuart Bingham  v Jamie Jones 
Marco Fu  v Mike Dunn 
John Higgins  v Liang Wenbo 
Barry Hawkins  v Martin Gould 
Judd Trump  v Robert Milkins 
Ricky Walden  v Matthew Selt 
Mark Williams  v Tom Ford 
Neil Robertson  v Jamie Cope 
Ding Junhui  v Alan McManus 
Graeme Dott  v Ryan Day 
Stephen Maguire  v Michael Holt 
Joe Perry  v Kyren Wilson 
Shaun Murphy  v Peter Ebdon 
Michael White  v Mark Davis 
Mark Allen  v Luca Brecel 
Mark Selby  v David Grace