Last night the 2013 Snooker World Championship came to an end with a fabulous win by the ever entertaining Ronnie O’Sullivan who overcame Barry Hawkins by 18 frames to 12.
Even though the margin was 6 frames, the score doesn’t tell the full story as Hawkins showed he wasn’t just there to make up the numbers, he played some great snooker and pushed O’Sullivan all the way. However, O’Sullivan himself was in scintillating form and even though he didn’t display his super fast style, he did show what a solid performer he is now with quality safety play matched with his usual free flowing potting.
O’Sullivan also set a new record by being the first player to make 6 century breaks in the final and now only Ray Reardon, Steve Davis, and Stephen Hendry have won more titles in the modern era. O’Sullivan keeps hinting at retirement and then contradicts himself by saying he needs the money and will come back for more. Who knows? What we do know is that he has the talent and ability to get up there with the greats and maybe even overtake them.
All the talk is about the ‘Rocket’ but lets not forget Hawkins who started the tournament as an 80-1 shot and played some seriously good snooker to reach the final and showed no nerves whilst on the biggest stage. The world number 14 looked comfortable throughout the 2 week event and if he continues this form should be a top contender in the major events next season.
However, as is often the case, the lasting memory will be of O’Sullivan being one of the few players to successfully defend the world crown and being one of the most popular winners of all time. Well done Ronnie!
The semi-finals got underway today and first on the table was Ronnie O’Sullivan against Judd Trump, the latter being a 13-12 winner against Shaun Murphy the day before.
O’Sullivan began the match as favourite having so far cruised through his matches and raced off to a 4-1 lead with his usual blend of flare and smooth potting. Things were looking bad for Trump as any player knows it’s not good to let O’Sullivan get ahead. However, showing great resilience and nerve, the young man from Bristol came right back at O’Sullivan and the session finished 4 frames each. This leaves the match nicely poised and it’s looking as though we can look forward to match of high quality from both players.
There’s a lot of talk at the moment regarding Ronnie’s interview after his last match where he announced that this was going to be his last visit to the Crucible and will retire from the game within the next year. We’ve heard it all before and have to say we hope he doesn’t as he can clearly still compete at this level.
The BetFair World Snooker Championships 2013 are now into the 2nd week and there’s been no shortage of great play combined with shock exits.
Some of the big names to fall in the first week have included 4 times champion John Higgins, 2010 champion Neil Robertson, current world number 1 Mark Selby and the highly fancied Stephen Maguire. Of these, Selby’s exit is probably the biggest shock as he was highly tipped to take his first world crown.
This tournament also marks the return of the tile holder, Ronnie O’Sullivan who cruised comfortably through the first week and at the writing of this post is heading towards an easy victory against Stuart Bingham. O’Sullivan is showing no signs of being ring rusty and some of his snooker has been sublime, smooth and efficient. Vintage O’Sullivan.
Shaun Murphy is also looking strong, currently 6-2 ahead against Judd Trump and although you can’t say he cruised through his previous 2 matches, he is looking strong and one to watch out for. If the current trend continues then he’s likely to face O’Sullivan in the semi-final.
The revelation of the tournament so far has been Michael White who making his debut at the Crucible has comfortably seen off former champion Mark Williams and the entertaining Dechawat Poomjaeng. White is currently 6-2 behind to Ricky Walden. The 4th quarter final is being keenly fought between China’s Ding Junhui and England’s Barry Hawkins with the latter leading 5-3.
As usual, the tournament is living up to it’s reputation of showcasing top class snooker and whoever prevails will be a worth winner and get their hands on the most prestigious snooker trophy going.
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