Zhang Anda (@1.53) vs Fergal O'Brien (@2.5)

Our Prediction:

Zhang Anda will win

Zhang Anda – Fergal O'Brien Match Prediction | 17-10-2019 05:00

This was an invitation event with the winner taking the eighth and final place in the General Cup. He won his first professional event the General Cup Qualifying Event.He beat Cao Yupeng 5-4 in the final. He would go on to reach the semi-finals of the event, where he was beaten 63 by Marco Fu. Zhang defeated Liang Wenbo 43 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Haining Open, but lost 43 to Ding Junhui.

Zhang won three consecutive matches 54 to qualify for the second ranking event of the season, the Australian Goldfields Open.[16] He beat world number 20 Andrew Higginson 51 in the first round to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time in his career, where he was defeated 51 by world number two Mark Selby.[17][18] Zhang also qualified for the Indian Open and beat Alan McManus 41 in the first round, before losing 43 to Michael White.[16] His best result in the minor-ranking European Tour events came at the Gdynia Open in Poland where he was beaten in the quarter-finals 42 by Fergal O'Brien.[19] Zhang was relegated from the main tour at the end of the season as he was placed 77th in the world rankings, outside of the top 64 who remain.[16][20] In his final game of the first Q School event he made a match-winning break of 54 in the deciding frame against Jamie Clarke to edge it 43, having been 30 up.

He faced Matthew Stevens and was beaten 25.[7] However, he could only win more match in qualifying for the remaining six ranking events, concluding with a 610 loss to Andrew Pagett in the first round of World Championship qualifying.[7] He finished the season ranked world number 84, well outside of the top 64 who retain their places on the snooker tour.[8] He therefore entered Q School in an attempt to win back his place and was one match away from doing so in the first event, but lost 14 to David Grace. Zhang began the 2010/2011 season well by defeating Jak Jones 54, Paul Davies 51 and Stuart Pettman 53 to reach the final qualifying round of the Shanghai Masters.

Zhang lost in the first round of qualifying for the opening three ranking events of the season.[12] He played in all three of the new minor-ranking Asian Players Tour Championship events, reaching two quarter-finals where he lost to Michael White 34 and Li Hang 24 respectively.[12] He finished 10th on the Asian Order of Merit, just outside the top eight who qualified for the Finals.[13] His first win in a ranking event match this season was a 65 success against Li Yan in International Championship qualifying, but he lost 36 to Alfie Burden in the next round.[12] The most matches he could win in qualifying was for the World Open by seeing off Michael Wild 53, Luca Brecel 54 and Rory McLeod 52.

Zhang Anda

He made a second century, a 113, as he won the last five frames to progress. Zhang took the last three to go through to the final qualifying round. Zhang comfortably beat Craig Steadman 104 in his first match of World Championship qualifying, scoring his first century of the season in the penultimate frame. He then beat veteran John Parrott 106 in the next round. Zhang was drawn against seven-time World Snooker champion Stephen Hendry in the first round of the event. Zhang led 73 scoring a 114 in the process before Higginson went ahead 87. The first 16 frames were shared before a 134 break in frame 17 and a 103 break in frame 18 for Zhang resulted in a 108 victory.[4] This meant that he would be only the fourth Chinese player to play at The Crucible and the lowest ranked player (number 71) to qualify for tournament. Hendry increased his lead to 75 before Zhang won four frames in a row to be on the cusp of a famous win. This result denied Walden a top 16 place for the following season. In the penultimate qualifying round, he beat Andrew Higginson 108 in a topsy turvy match. Ricky Walden, provisionally in the top 16 before the tournament, was Zhang's last obstacle to overcome. Zhang was 04 down in the match but rallied to trail only 45 after the first session. He is also one of only a few players to make it to The Crucible in their debut season.

The 2009/2010 season was Zhang's first professional season on the tour. His first match was a 25 defeat to Craig Steadman in the first qualifying round of the Shanghai Masters.[3] His first wins came over Ben Woollaston (53) and Jin Long (52) during qualifying for the Grand Prix.

Zhang comfortably beat Dominic Dale 51 to play in the World Open where he defeated Peter Ebdon 51 and Judd Trump 52 to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the third time, but he was thrashed 50 by David Gilbert. He got to the same stage of the UK Championship by overcoming Tian Pengfei 62, Anthony McGill 63 and Mitchell Mann 63.

After being relegated off the tour the previous year, Zhang was confined to entering minor-ranking Players Tour Championship during the 2011/2012 season.

Zhang played a curtailed schedule of events in the first half of the 2014/2015 season.