Georgiou hasnt built on the success of winning the 2018 Snooker Shoot-Out and it has been mediocre. But this is a chance to be the first Cypriot at the Crucible! This is the perfect opportunity for Yan to show that hes back and I can see him winning comfortably. Yan Bingtao has fallen down in the estimations of a number of fans, also failing to build on reaching the final of the Northern Ireland Open. Heres an interview I did with him here. There was a fair amount of head-scratching when Michael Georgiou defeated Peter Ebdon, a result I didnt see coming.
He said he knew the breakwas on when he had scored 8, as there were 3 or 4 reds round theblack and he knew he had to go for it. Ronnie said he was "shaking like a leaf near the end of his break" andthat he was so wrapped up in it that "he forgot to use his chalk"(which he dropped when on the blue").
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This was a match that saw the champion make numerous errors, especially with his long potting andsafety. Doherty was usually able to punish him for them but on occasions stuttered as the winningpost appeared. However, the new champion played better over the marathon distance and, crucially,made fewer mistakes, to defy the odds of 2/7 quoted on Hendry to surpass the modern era record of6 titles, shared by Ray Reardon and Steve Davis.
Most importantly, this match means that there will definitely be a debutant in this years World Championships. I would like to see Scott win here because he seemed unfazed by big occasions. While Donaldson cemented his place in the Top 64, Lu is still outside it, but he has another year on his card to get there. Both players beat good opponents in Mark King and Ken Doherty. He needs to receive that baton. Two young players who have grafted their way as a professional snooker player for many years. After Anthony McGill, there havent been many Scots coming through recently.
I predict a close match, but it is Zhou Yuelong for me. Sharav made his breakthrough by reaching the Northern Ireland Open semis this season. As he cemented his place next season via the one-year ranking list, he will play with little pressure. Considering he represented Scotland and Israel over the past couple of seasons, I have no idea if he will be called the first Israeli at the World Championships. Like Sharav, he had to fight hard to reach Judgement Day. Another result I didnt see coming, Eden Sharav defeated Ricky Walden in the deciding frame. Zhou, like Yan, is struggling and he will want to make a second appearance here.
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It's the fourth maximum made in the history of the World Championship. Ronnie O'Sullivan made a 147 maximumagainst Mick Price. He used only 5 minutes and 20 seconds on the 36 pots. That break earns him a 147,000 maximum bonus plus 18,000 for the high breakof the tournament. Cliff Thorburn,Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry are the other players to have managed this feat.
However, the new champion played better over the marathon distance and, crucially,made fewer mistakes, to defy the odds of 2/7 quoted on Hendry to surpass the modern era record of6 titles, shared by Ray Reardon and Steve Davis. This time it's truly a "World" snooker Championship. Pictures( Eric Whitehead)Terry Griffiths leaves The Crucible Theatre for the final time Stefan Mazrocis in his chair Stefan Mazrocis is congratulated by Peter Ebdon after their match Ronnie O'Sullivan is all smiles after his maximum ... Doherty was usually able to punish him for them but on occasions stuttered as the winningpost appeared. Patrick McWilliams([email protected])Semi-finalsKen Doherty from Ireland reaches his first ever World Championship final. Had he won again he would have had seven world titles, one more than Ray Reardon and Steve Davis. This will be James Wattana's first semifinal appearance since 1993. Now he'll "just" have to defeatStephen Hendry to be the first Thai in a World final! Ken Doherty advanced to his first ever WC semifinal and we are now assured a non-UK playerin the final. 1 and 2 players on the way. My records date back to 1980 and not in one of these years have we seen three non-UK players inthe semi-finals. Stephen had wonfive championships in a row and 29 consecutive matches coming into this final. He attributes his improved form this year to his mother getting strictwith him and throwing him out of the house at one stage, after whichhe went on a training regime and lost 3 stones. However, he was clearly a deserved winner, having to defeat a resurgent Steve Davisplus the world's no. Here are Ken Doherty's best breaks in thismatch: 104, 101, 96 (missed 13th red on a maximum), 71, 66, 65, 62, 58, 56, 54, 51). That's the first time since 1983 when Cliff Thorburn lost 18-6 toSteve Davis. Tony Drago missed the black off its spot in frame 18, for a clearance and a 10-8 victory. Not since 1981 has there been just oneEnglishman in the World Championship quarter-finals, and 1980 was the last time England lackedrepresentation at the semi-final stage. Forgot to say earlier that Ken is only the second "overseas" (i.e. This Sunday and Monday he'll try to end Stephen Hendry's reign at The Crucible. Alain Robidoux continues a great season bybeating giant-killer Lee Walker. He is the first Canadian semifinalist since former world champion Cliff Thorburnreached the same stage in 1989. White willnow be out of the top 16 in the world rankings for the first time in 15 years. Ronnie said he was "shaking like a leaf near the end of his break" andthat he was so wrapped up in it that "he forgot to use his chalk"(which he dropped when on the blue"). Cliff Thorburn,Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry are the other players to have managed this feat. Extra notesI think my first report was a little unfair on Ken as it might have suggested that Hendry wasn'tat the races. He used only 5 minutes and 20 seconds on the 36 pots. Go to the World Championship Page for more background info. Quarter-finalsThanks to Patrick McWilliams([email protected])for some assistance hereMorgan complained that the presence of a highprofile Hendry fan, world boxing champ NazeemHamed, in the press area last night had "a massive bearing on the match". event, the former to Steve Davis in 1981 andthe latter on an incredible six occasions (84, 90-94). Do you remember how he once won the last 10 frames in to beat Jimmy White18-14? Doherty was unstoppable on the night though and won the lastthree frames to end the Scot's dominance at The Crucible. Ken Doherty managed to withstand Hendry'shigh break attack to claim theWorld Championship trophy for the very first time with a 18-12 victory in the final. This was a match that saw the champion make numerous errors, especially with his long potting andsafety. It's not a very good tournament for England though. Hendry won 126,000 pounds for his efforts whileRonnie O'Sullivan's superb maximum breakearned him 147,000 pounds + 18,000 for the highest break, not bad for 5 minutes' work. he's simply shining like a sun! Opponent Mick Price, who says he was brought up in the "breadand butter of the Coventry leagues", described O'Sullivan as being "on adifferent planet" when at his best. It's the fourth maximum made in the history of the World Championship. However, once Doherty, from Ranelagh a few milesfrom the centre of Dublin, pulled ahead 11-5 at the end of the first day, the Irishman managed tokeep his advantager and "drawing" the second day 7-7 was enough to guarantee a cheque for 210,000pounds sterling and the famous Joe Davis trophy. Note also that Hendry has been behind before and always come through, but on this occasion Dohertykept up such a relentless stream of steady scoring and decent safety that the champion was simplyunable to claw his way back. Anthony Hamilton came back from an 8-4 deficit to beatJimmy White in the deciding frame. This is the first time Robidoux' advances beyond round two at TheCrucible Theatre. This victory will take Doherty to No.3 in the1997/98 world rankings. Hendry made five centuries in the match and won five frames in a row from 15-7down. He says he runs 8miles every morning and then goes to the gym. #2By Patrick McWilliams([email protected])Ken Doherty became the first player to liftboth the World Amateur and Professional titles, having won the amateur crown in 1989 (and U21title the year before), going one better than Doug Mountjoy andJimmy White, who were runners-up in the pro. That break earns him a 147,000 maximum bonus plus 18,000 for the high breakof the tournament. "My mother musthave burnt a number of churches as she's been lighting so many candles for me" said the popular 27year old. Hendry seemed a little jaded after a verylong season and was not quite his awesome best. [ Report |Pictures |Results |Centuries |Prize Money |Related Pages ]ReportFinalThe victory streak is over! One had to wonder if he could snatch victory from the jaws of defeatonce more. He said he knew the breakwas on when he had scored 8, as there were 3 or 4 reds round theblack and he knew he had to go for it. First roundRonnie O'Sullivan made a 147 maximumagainst Mick Price. Stephen Hendryhas lost andKen Doherty has won! Morgan lost 3 of the 4frames when Hamed was present and asked for him to be moved. It is alsothe first time aplayer from the Republic of Ireland has prevailed. Second roundBy Patrick McWilliams([email protected])Steve Davis admitted afterwards that he had been "annihilated";it was the first time that he had ever failed to score at least 9 frames in any match beyond the first round and must rank with his10-1 hiding by Tony Knowles in 1982 when he was defending champ. Hendrywill still have a commanding lead in first place despite the loss today, John Higgins will be second,and Mark Williamsfourth. His next opponent will beKen Doherty from Ireland. Hendry, while clearly shattered by the loss of his crown, generously conceded that Ken was a"deserved winner", and Doherty, who showed enormous composure to hold himself together as theHendry charge gained momentum, admitted he was mightily relieved to have held on. Results(Players are English unless stated)FinalKen Doherty (Ireland) 18-12 Stephen Hendry (Scotland)67-1, 5-117 (117), 0-106 (106), 77-13, 78-9 (69),75-51, 69-11 (59), 0-122 (122). non-UK) player to win the title.
Li isnt a heavy scorer but is always hanging by someones coattails. I can see this going to a decider but, to be honest, this could go either way. Woollaston is gaining form at the right time. Li Hang is currently the highest ranked player to never qualify for the World Championship at the moment and this is his best chance. After reaching the China Open quarter-finals, he beat Elliot Slessor and Nigel Bond to reach the qualifying round. He was put through the ringer against Ian Burns and finished last before winning 10-8.
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They have beaten each other once, but a BO19 match is a different kettle of fish. But Lyu is on fire and on fantastic break-building for so hes my man here. Mark Davis will be wary and will have endless patience after beating Rod Lawler and Fergal OBrien. Both had very successful seasons but Lyu Haotian has done so well he broke into the Top 32! This is a good match-up. He reached the Crucible last season and won his opening tie and will be against a very experienced player who knows how to qualify from there.
Gould is another staple of the Crucible and to be honest, Im feeling bold. Both had fairly unspectacular seasons, though Wells did reach the Scottish Open semi-finals before being edged out 6-5 by Mark Allen. While Gould had the juggernaut of Mustafa Dorgham (oh dear) and Gerard Greene, Wells had a trickier route. This is a match between two SightRight players. He really shifted another gear and hit consecutive breaks of 107, 83, 113, 100 and 65 to win 10-6. Wells is scoring seriously good. After defeating compatriot Jamie Clarke 10-5, he was 6-5 down to Iranian Hossein Vafaei.
He is an enigma who performs better against top opponents and falls against players as low as his ranking. Matthew Stevens qualified twice in the past four years and this is his favoured format. I would back Stevens due to all-round game and experience. I knew Tian Pengfei will throw the spanner into any works. Like when he emphatically beat top seed Ryan Day 10-3. In the second round, he got past a tricky tie against Chris Wakelin 10-7.
Neither player has faced each other in a match larger than a BO7 and the longer format fits them both. Both players reached the second round of the World Championship last year, but unfortunately this time, one of these fine players has to go. Both have very good Crucible records, especially Anthony McGill, who was present every year since 2015. This is a proper clash of the titans. However, I will go with Milkins based on form alone.