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Oliver Lines
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Born (1995-06-16) 16 June 1995 (age 27)
Seacroft, Leeds, England[1]
Sport country England
Professional2014–present
Highest ranking53 (December 2016)[2]
Current ranking 61 (as of 23 January 2023)
Best ranking finishQuarter-finals (2022 Turkish Masters)

Oliver Lines (born 16 June 1995) is an English professional snooker player who practices at Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.[3] He is the son of professional snooker player Peter Lines.[1]

Career

Amateur

Lines switched sports from football to snooker at aged 14. His progression continued by entering into the Players Tour Championship events in 2011,[4] but made little impact in the 2011/2012 season.[4] 2012/2013 saw major improvement[4] and a notable 4–3 over Joe Perry in 2012 UKPTC 3.[1][4] He also entered Q School for the first time in May 2013 in the hope of qualifying on the main but failed to do after securing four wins in the three events.[4] Despite not qualifying for the main tour, Lines’ performances in Q School were enough to earn him a top up place in the qualifying round of the 2013 Australian Goldfields Open, his first senior ranking event. He won in the opening round, beating fellow Leeds-based player David Grace 5–4, but suffered a 5–4 reverse in the second round last-96 stage to Zhang Anda of China.[5][6] For the rest of the season, Lines continued to enter PTC and amateur events, with his most notable result being a 4–2 over professional Scott Donaldson in the 2013 Ruhr Open.[7][8]

Professional

In 2014, Lines won a place on the professional World Snooker Tour for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons after beating Josh Boileau 6–1 in the final of the 2014 EBSA European Under-21 Snooker Championships.[9][10]

2014/2015

His first match as a professional was a successful one, beating Dave Harold 5–4 in the qualifying stages of the Wuxi Classic,[11] but he lost 5–1 to amateur Oliver Brown at the venue stage.[12] He had a run to the last 16 stage of the opening Asian PTC event of the season in the Yixing Open, but failed to qualify for the Australian Goldfields Open and Shanghai Masters.[13] In qualifying for the International Championship Lines beat world champion and world number one Mark Selby 6–4 from 4–0 down at the mid-session interval.[14] He continued to impress at the Haining Open by reaching his first professional semi-final after dispatching Ryan Day 4–2 with breaks of 120 and 113.[15] He then edged out Jimmy Robertson 4–3, but was whitewashed 4–0 in the final by Stuart Bingham.[16] He came through a wildcard match at the International, but lost 6–3 to Rod Lawler in the first round.[13] Lines’ Asian final helped him finish fifth on their Order of Merit to make his debut in the Grand Final, where he was eliminated 4–1 by Matthew Selt in the opening round.[17] His first season as a professional concluded with a 10–7 defeat against Mark Davis in the second round of World Championship qualifying.[13] He finished his first season as a professional ranked world number 78.[18]

2015/2016

Lines signed up with Django Fung, who manages players such as Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump, and Lines hoped it would help him further his career.[19] A 4–2 win over Ali Carter saw Lines reach the last 16 of the Riga Open, but he lost 4–0 to Liang Wenbo. He qualified for the International Championship by beating Gary Wilson 6–3 and then won a match at a ranking event for the first time in his career by eliminating Noppon Saengkham 6–4, before losing by a reversal of this scoreline to David Gilbert.[20] He made it through to the second round of the UK Championship with a 6–2 victory over Cao Yupeng, but was then whitewashed 6–0 by world number one Mark Selby.[21] A second last 16 showing in the European Tour events came at the Gibraltar Open and was ended by Alfie Burden, but Lines finished 35th on the Order of Merit.[22] He also got into the top 64 at the end of the season for the first time as he was ranked 61st in the world.[23]

2016/2017

At the 2016 Indian Open, Lines reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time by beating Graeme Dott 4–1 and Andrew Higginson 4–2, but lost 4–2 to Shaun Murphy. After defeating Martin O'Donnell at the UK Championship, Lines knocked out world number three Judd Trump 6–2 and said it was the first time he had played well in a televised match.[24] He reached the last 16 for the second time this season by dispatching Jimmy Robertson 6–0, but could not pick up a frame himself as Marco Fu won 6–0.[25] After losing 4–0 in the third round of the Scottish Open, Lines lost five of his six matches in the remainder of the season.[26]

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2014 Wuxi Classic

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Asian Tour 2014/2015 – Event 1

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Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
2020/
21
2021/
22
2022/
23
Ranking[27][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] 78 61 62 [nb 4] 78 [nb 5] 72 57
Ranking tournaments
Championship League Non-Ranking Event RR 2R RR
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 1R 1R LQ 1R LQ 1R
British Open Tournament Not Held 3R LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R LQ
UK Championship A 1R 2R 4R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R LQ
Scottish Open Tournament Not Held 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R
World Grand Prix NH NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Shoot Out Non-Ranking Event 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 4R 1R
German Masters A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Welsh Open A 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 2R LQ
Players Championship[nb 6] DNQ 1R DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
World Championship A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Six-red World Championship A A A A A A A Not Held LQ
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic A 1R Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters A LQ LQ LQ LQ Non-Ranking Tournament Not Held
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 1R 1R 1R NR Tournament Not Held
Indian Open A LQ NH 3R LQ 3R Tournament Not Held
China Open A LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R Tournament Not Held
Riga Masters[nb 7] NH Minor-Ranking LQ 2R 2R 1R Tournament Not Held
International Championship A 1R 2R 1R 2R LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR 1R LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
World Open[nb 8] A Not Held 1R 1R LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
WST Pro Series Tournament Not Held 2R Not Held
Turkish Masters Tournament Not Held QF NH
Gibraltar Open Not Held MR 1R 3R 1R 3R 2R 2R NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season
  2. ^ He was an amateur
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking
  4. ^ Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points
  5. ^ Players qualified through Q School started the season without ranking points
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2011/2012–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014—2015/2016)
  7. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  8. ^ The event was called the Haikou World Open (2013/2014)

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2014–15 snooker season

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2015–16 snooker season

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2016–17 snooker season

2016–17 snooker season

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2017–18 snooker season

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2018–19 snooker season

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2019–20 snooker season

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2020–21 snooker season

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2021–22 snooker season

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2020 Championship League (ranking)

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2021 Championship League (ranking)

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Career finals

Minor-ranking finals: 1

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 2014 Haining Open England Stuart Bingham 0–4

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 2014 European Under-21 Snooker Championship Republic of Ireland Josh Boileau 6–1

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Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

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