Friday, November 17, 2017

Shanghai Masters Set to Kick off In Even Bigger Scale

The Shanghai Indoor Stadium will be hosting the 2017 World Snooker Shanghai Masters. The event will be scheduled from 13th to 18th November. This has been one of the top events and has been held regularly since the inaugural event in 2007. Ding Junhui, one of the top stars from China, was able to win the title in consecutive campaigns as he managed to overcome Mark Selby. Former winners of the World Snooker Shanghai Masters include the likes of Jon Higgins, Ronnie O’Sullivan, and Mark Selby.
It is not a surprise that such top stars are taking part. Many top stars regard the Shanghai Masters as the favourite to win in the entire calendar. Yet, they are not the only one to consider this event with lofty heights. Even fans show plenty of passion and enthusiasm when it comes to the event.
The tournament manages to increase its attractiveness by featuring more players than ever before. No less than 64 players will be taking part in the final event. The tournament will be conducted over a six-day period. This intense schedule is one of the reasons behind this competitive nature. The qualifying event for this tournament begins in England on October 11. Players have to win at least one game if they are to reach the finals.
In terms of prize money, the Shanghai Masters gives players with £ 700,000. This is a substantial increase from last season, as players got to work on a prize fund of just £ 350,000. Now, the winner alone gets to make a sizeable £ 150,000. This means that the tournament equalises the record of any ranking event out of the United Kingdom.
Despite managing to get a lot of popularity, Jiushi Sports Group has promised to increase the reputation and the quality of the tournament even further.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Judd Trump Manages to Overcome Mark Allen in European Masters Semi-finals

Judd Trump was able to reach the semi-finals of the European Masters after overcoming Mark Allen in a 4-3 win. This game between the defending champion and Allen was a repeat of the UK Championship final 2011. Trump was able to come ahead get in front even in this game. The epic game was once again repeated today, as Trump managed to keep his good head-to-head record against Allen going. In the last seven meetings at a ranking tournament, Trump has been able to come out successful in five of the games against Allen. Now, Trump will be looking to end his disappointing record of never having been able to defend his seven ranking titles so far in his career.

After having reached the semi-finals, Trump is only two matches from retaining the title. Even after this defeat, Allen will be able to take plenty of positives from the game as it was a strong showing. However, it was one of the several final frame losses that he has suffered. He has now gone out of four in the last five events that he has taken part in 2017.
Trump had been involved in some tight quarters in the first few rounds of the competition, but he was able to come out in flying colours against Allen. He was able to open up a 3-0 lead rather quickly, but Allen forced himself back into the reckoning in order to provide a competitive look to the score. Breaks at 102 and 76 meant that Allen was able to get back 3-2. When both players were set up against the decider, Trump managed to take the plaudits by breaking at 70.
After the game, Trump claimed that it was extremely important for him to defend the title as it has been the way for many of the top stars in the past.

Ronnie O’Sullivan Disrespecting European Masters, Claims Barry Hearn

Ronnie O’Sullivan has been at the centre of a major controversy in the world of soccer after refusing to be part of the European Masters that takes place in Belgium. The five-time world champion cited a lower prize money as a reason for not taking part in the tournament. This comment has resulted in a significant number of criticism coming at the former number one. World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn is one of the latest names to come in with staunch criticism, as he has labelled O’Sullivan as being disrespectful.

Hearn claims that my comments from the former number one does not sit well with regard to the competition’s importance and also the importance that he places on the ability of his competitors. The explanation from O’Sullivan has been seen as disrespectful, as he appears to only value the prize money from a competition rather than the fellow professionals that he has to overcome along the way.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest snooker players of all time, he has been a professional since 1992. His first major success came when he was just 17 years old at the UK championship. As of now, he has been able to get success in 28 major tournaments, while also managing to win the world championship title on five occasions. His latest world title came in 2013 and it was also his back-to-back success. Since then, however, his domination in the game has declined to a certain extent.

Last season, O’Sullivan was only able to win the Masters and did not enjoy any success in the ranking tournaments. Yet, the player’s criticism of the European Masters is certainly not new and there have been several calls from professionals to reduce the size of the tournament from its current status of 128 events to 64 events.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Stuart Bingham Defeats Mark Selby to Reach European Masters Semi-Final

Stuart Bingham came up with a brilliant display to overcome Mark Selby in a 4-2 win. As a result of a brilliant win over the reigning world champion, Bingham was able to set up a semi-final clash at the European Masters. The victory means that Bingham has been able to end a disappointing run of three consecutive losses in ranking tournaments against Selby. Bingham, who won the 2015 Crucible, has been in good touch so far this week. He had been able to reach the quarter-finals after beating local hero Luca Brecel.

The result is a major disappointment for Selby, who was able to win the world title only back in May. The break of 65 for Bingham provided the first advantage but he was pegged back by Selby almost immediately. However, this was the only bright moment for Selby in the game, as Bingham was able to pull away with a substantial advantage from here on. Breaks at 83 and 113 were able to help Bingham establish a 3-1 lead. Even though Selby did bring one back, the final break through the decisive with Bingham getting a 4-2 victory.
After the match, the Crucible winner of 2015 claimed that he always goes into a tournament looking to win the event. He says that it is not going to be any different for the upcoming semi-final clash. Now, it is about the best of 11. Bingham will be coming up against Zhou Yuelong, who was able to get past Anthony McGill with a 4-0 win. As a result, there is still a possibility of the European Masters 2017 final witnessing an all Chinese affair. The other game sees Judd Trump set up a semi-final clash with Cao Yupeng. If Yupeng and Yuelong were able to spring surprises, the European Masters 2017 could be only the second ranking event final that witnesses two Chinese players.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

European Masters 2017 Preview

Belgium gets ready to host the European Masters – its first major event in more than 20 years – and the champions get to lay their hands on £75,000 in prize money. The European Masters was held in Romania just over a year ago and it now switches to Lommel. This is the sixth ranking event which will be taking place in several other countries like Latvia, Germany, India, and China. The first ranking event on UK soil is scheduled for next week, as the English Open begins an attractive Home Nations series.

The European Masters will witness a line-up of 67 names competing for the title. The last full ranking event to be held in Belgium was during the early 1990s. Back then, the nation states to the European Open. Even though there were the likes of the Antwerp Opens, Belgium is getting its first test of a major event now.

The 2017 European Masters sees Judd Trump, and as the defending champion. He was able to overcome Ronnie O’Sullivan in one of the three Antwerp Open tournaments held in Belgium. The duo will once again face off each other as they did in the European Masters 2016. Among the top 16 players coming into the tournament, Trump is one of the three to have had the qualification rounds held at the main arena. Luca Brecel, who enjoys plenty of home support, and Mark Selby, who has won the world championship title, are the other two players.

Every match until the semi-final will be contested in the short format. In the last stages, it increases to 11 frames and the final witnesses a best of 17. Ding Junhui and Ronnie O’Sullivan are some of the stars not taking part in the event. Some of the intriguing clashes are the game between Mark Williams and Yan Bingtao, while Zhou Yuelong goes up against Oliver Lines.