Monday, November 12, 2018

Ronnie O'Sullivan wins Champion of Champions

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his 32 non-ranking title on Sunday, beating Kyren Wilson in a dramatic decider.

Early lead

After losing the first frame, The Rocket reached quite easily a 5-1 advantage in the first session, which eventually ended 6-3 and had only 4 frames to win the trophy. Wilson fought back and, amazingly, lead 9-8 and a 67 break when he missed a red, a miss which turned into a frame for O'Sullivan.

Dramatic decider

At 9-9, both players committed faults (Wilson pocketed a red with the black ball) while O'Sullivan touched a red ball with his waistcoat.
Eventually, O'Sullivan won the frame with a century break (no 968 in his career) and snatched the trophy for the third time. Watch below the decider between Ronnie and Kyren:



After the match


Ronnie O'Sullivan: "We didn't play great. I know he can play better and I know I can play better. For me, I am just pleased to be competing. If I win I win and, if I don't, I don't. It's just nice to be playing. I was lucky. He should've won it. I got away with that double."

Kyren Wilson: "It's hard. He was my hero growing up. I just wanted to make a bit of a fight of it and it was a bit of sickener to lose like that. At the interval, I just thought I want to make a fight of it and have a bit of a close match"
Both players will be attending the Northern Ireland Open this week, in Belfast.


Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 World Championship: As It Happened

The 2018 World Championship had a spectacular conclusion with a Crucible final. The contest was quite enthralling throughout the various stages. Some of the highlights were:

Round One


The domination excited by Mark Selby as the World Champion was extremely great. However, the King of Crucible suffered a major blow against Joe Perry in round one. Ronnie O’Sullivan, meanwhile, was able to achieve an incredible 10-7 victory over Steven Maguire. As a result, Ronnie O’Sullivan has been able to become the second player to reach thousand frames.

Round Two


The second round witnessed a remarkable set of intensity and drama. The high point of this round was the competition between Carter and O’Sullivan. Despite having a huge deficit against the latter, Carter was able to lead for most of the match. The pair exchanged some heated words in the game but Carter came a successful with a 13-9 win. Meanwhile, John Higgins was able to equal the biggest second round victory after his 13-1 victory over Lisowski.

Quarter-Finals


One of the best matches of the tournament came about in the quarter-finals when Trump took on Higgins. This was a rematch of the World Championship 2011 final. Higgins was able to come out 18-15 winner at the Sheffield Venue. Another epic game played out as a result. for the majority of the game, Higgins found himself on the back foot with a 7-3 deficit and even a 11-9 deficit. However, he was able to come away with a spectacular 13-12 victory.

Semi-Finals


There was incredible drama and tension in the semifinals, which effectively boiled down to the games between Barry Hawkins and Mark Williams. The latter was competing in the last four for the first time since 2011 and he was able to come away with a 17-15 win. The other semi-final was one by Higgins, who beat Kyren Wilson 17-13.

Final


Higgins and Williams clashed in the finals; the latter featured in the last stage of the competition for the first time since 2003. Despite a 14-7 lead for Williams, Higgins was able to get back before the victory was made secure by a 17-15 score.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Romanian Masters All Set to Hit Limelight

The Romanian Masters starts on Wednesday with the inaugural invitational event in Bucharest. In total, 16 players will be taking part in this opening event, and it primarily involves the top ranking players from the world. However, some crucial absentees from the event would include Ding Junhui and Ronnie O’Sullivan. This absence opens up the possibility for our players to enjoy a time in the limelight.

Sadly, the Romanian Masters will not be providing any addition to the ranking points. Instead, the winner of the title will be able to go home with a decent € 50,000 prize money on Sunday. There has been slight discontent amongst the lower ranked players about the lack of top names on a consistent basis. A bigger lineup will certainly help the event, but this current smaller lineup is largely seen as a way to fill the already inflated bank balances.

However, the argument in favour of the top-ranked players is that they have been quite consistent in recent periods. Despite the complaints, there is every possibility of the remaining players to do extremely well in this tournament. If the upcoming tournament ends up being successful, there is a significant possibility of a bigger tournament being launched in the future. Romania is not alien when it comes to the circuit and it was previously part of the 2016 European Masters.

Judd Trump was able to win the 2016 edition of the tournament by overcoming O’Sullivan. However, he has not been the best of form coming into this event. As a result, the 28-year-old is very keen on getting a positive result at the Romanian Masters – especially given that the World Championship will be in Sheffield for around a couple of weeks. The former champion will be up against Luca Brecel in the last 16 draw.