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Rankings Boost For Higgins

John Higgins has leapt to fourth place on the one year ranking list thanks to his victory at the Indian Open.

Higgins won the 29th ranking title of his career, putting him ahead of Steve Davis and Ronnie O’Sullivan on the all-time list, by beating Anthony McGill 5-1 in the final in Vishakhapatnam.

The £50,000 top prize sees the Wizard of Wishaw jump from 33rd on the one-year list to fourth. McGill banked £25,000 and he climbs from 22nd to sixth.

Chinese teenager Xu Si reached his first ranking event semi-final, in fact the tour rookie’s prize money for the season went from £0 to £15,000, leaving him in 24th place.

Three other players reached a ranking quarter-final for the first time: Elliot Slessor, Zhang Anda and Liam Highfield and they now lie 23rd, 27th and 35th respectively.

Four events into the season (only ranking events count) Luca Brecel heads the one year list with £154,600.

Xu enjoyed a superb run before losing to Higgins in the semis

This list will once again be used to determine the field for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix and Ladbrokes Players Championship later in the season. The top 32 on the one-year list after the Coral Shoot Out will qualify for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston (February 19-25) then the top 16 from the same list after the Gibraltar Open will qualify for the Ladbrokes Players Championship in Llandudno (March 19-25).

As it stands there are 13 players in the top 32 of the one year list who are outside the top 32 of the official two year list, and ten players in the top 16 of the one year list who are outside the top 16 of the two-year list.

Victory for Higgins saw him climb one place on the two-year list to second, though he still trails leader Mark Selby by £718,125.

Adam Duffy and Yan Bingtao both withdrew from the Indian Open before the final stages but both received their prize money (which will count towards the rankings) for reaching the last 64, having had their circumstances considered by the appeals committee.

Higgins already had place at the Champion of Champions in November, but his win in India was good news for Ryan Day as it means he is now guaranteed a spot at the Ricoh – for more about that race click here.

McGill’s run to the final increases his chances of a place at the Dafabet Masters in January as he’s now up to 13th – to see how that race is shaping up click here.

Tickets for all of the above events are on sale now, for details click here