China Open snooker to be broadcast live on Quest

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Quest will be simulcasting Eurosport’s live coverage of World Snooker’s China Open from March 27-April 2, the final ranking event before the World Championships.

This is the first time that the free-to-air channel will air this tournament and adds to Quest’s growing portfolio of snooker events that kicked off with three events from the new Home Nations Series earlier this season.

Every session throughout the week will be broadcast live on Quest and Eurosport, starting at 7.00am and 12.30pm each day.

Due to a busy schedule of live sport on both Eurosport channels on the day of the final, Quest will air the concluding session exclusively live, starting at 12.30pm on Sunday, April 2, with extended highlights to follow on Eurosport 2 at 6pm.

The China Open is the longest-running world ranking snooker event staged in China, dating back to 2005 and was won by Ding Junhui, aged just 18, beating Stephen Hendry.

This proved to be a catalyst for the explosion of interest in snooker, which paved the way to make it one of the country’s most popular sports.

The tournament brings snooker’s elite to the Chinese capital to compete for the iconic gold shield, where last year Judd Trump claimed his second China Open title with a dominant 10-4 victory over Ricky Walden.

This year’s prize pots totals an impressive £510,000 with the winner pocketing a generous £85,000.

As the penultimate ranking event prior to the season-ending World Championship, the pinnacle of the snooker season, the China Open offers the final chance for the world’s top players.

David Hendon and Phillip Studd lead the commentary team alongside 1986 World Champion Joe Johnson and former world number six Mike Hallett.

Quest is available on Freeview channel 37, Sky 144 & Virgin Media 172, while Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2, which will offer high-definition coverage of the tournament, are available on Sky, BT TV, Virgin Media.

For the latest tournament information and live scores, visit the World Snooker website.

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