Two top-16 ranked players were defeated in first round; Mark Williams lost to Jak Jones and Barry Hawkins to Daniel Wells both 62. Ding Junhui defeated three fellow Chinese players in the first three rounds, overcoming Zhao Xintong, Xiao Guodong and Liang Wenbo to reach the quarter-finals. Defending champion Mark Allen conceded just four frames to draw Ding, having defeated Sam Craigie, Mark Davis (both 61) and Ali Carter (62). Allen defeated Ding 63 to reach the semi-finals.
After the round-of-16, no player qualifying for the quarter-finals was ranked in the top 20 in the world. With a ranking of 21, Yan Bingtao was the highest ranked player in the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals were all played on 28 July. In the quarter-finals, Joyce, who was world rank 54, defeated Carrington 41 to advance to the semi-finals, marking his best performance in a ranking event. Selt was the only remaining player who had previously won a ranking event (the 2019 Indian Open). After defeating Lyu Haotian and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in previous rounds, Kurt Maflin defeated Luo Honghao 41, reaching his third career semi-final. Matthew Selt defeated Mark King 41 to reach the semi-final.
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Three-time world champion Mark Williams defeated James Cahill 43, but Williams did not realise he could score a century break, after turning down the final black ball.Mark Selby received two byes before facing Graeme Dott in the second round. Dott won the first three frames of the match, but Selby won the final four to progress. In the round of 16, Selby lost to Stuart Carrington.
In winning the event, Trump returned to the world number one position, that he had last held in 2013. Northern Irish cueist Mark Allen was the defending champion, after defeating Australian Neil Robertson in the previous year's final. Allen, however, lost 96 to England's Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals. Reigning world champion Judd Trump won the event and his 12th ranking championship with a 103 win over Murphy in the final.
The defending champion, Neil Robertson, previously defeated Jack Lisowski in the 2018 final. The 2019 Riga Masters (also known as the 2019 Kapersky Riga Masters due to sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament held from 26 to 28 July 2019 at the Arna Rga in Riga, Latvia. However, Robertson and several other players were forced to withdraw from qualifying round matches due to flight cancellations, and therefor could not compete in the event. It was the sixth Riga Masters event, with the first being held in 2013, and the first ranking event of the 2019/2020 snooker season.
The championship began on 4 August 2019, with the first round alongside heldover qualifier matches. Two matches in the heldover qualifier rounds were decided on a deciding frame.
Allen won the next two frames to push the match into the interval. The second semi-final was a rematch of the 2019 Scottish Masters final between Murphy and Allen. Murphy won frame 13 to need just one more frame for victory. Murphy won the first five frames of the match, with Allen not scoring a single point until frame four. Allen fought back to trail 36 after the first session. Murphy won the first frame of the second session, before Allen won the next two.
Graeme Dott qualified to play Shaun Murphy in the second quarter-final. Dott defeated Michael White before defeating two world champions in Stuart Bingham and John Higgins to reach the quarter-final. Murphy, who had reached only the Scottish Open final in the previous season defeated Yuan Sijun 65 and Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao 64 before drawing a rematch of the second round match at the 2019 World Championships against Neil Robertson.
In the first frame, Yan required a snooker and fluked the cue ball behind the black, forcing Joyce to hit the blue ball instead of the brown, awarding Yan enough penalty points to be able to win the frame. Yan cleared the table to win the first frame. Yan won the second frame to lead 20, but Joyce won the third with a century break. Yan won three of the next four frames, with breaks of higher than 50. GMT and refereed by Tatiana Woollaston. It was Joyce's first final, and neither player had previously won a ranking event. The final between Yan and Joyce was played at 7 p.m.
The final was played as a best-of-19-frames match held over two sessions on 11 August 2019, refereed by Lyu Xilin. Trump won the first five frames of the match making a century break in frame three.