Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the Masters

Ronnie O'Sullivan bet Ding Junhui in the final of the Masters 10-3. Knowing he had to perform at his best to beat chinese 19-year old snookerstar Ding Junhui Ronnie O'Sullivan did just that. Four centuries (highest 143), two 90+ breaks and outstanding performance from O'Sullivan got the better of Ding Junhui. Ding was also clearly out of balance in the later stages of the match, seemingy disturbed by the loud audience at the Wembly.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has once again why he's considered the best snookerplayer in the world by so many fans. O'Sullivan also gave a lot of credit to Ding Junhui as a player in his interview with Steve Davis after the match.

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The Masters - Final

Today we'll se the final in the Masters between Ding Junhui and Ronnie O'Sullivan. Ding Junhui beat Stephen Hendry in the semifinal 6-2. Ronnie O'Sullivan bet Stephen Maguire 6-4. O'Sullivan who weren't satisfied with his standard of play, says in an interview he has to raise his game in the final ( Having seen both matches I must agree. I hold Ding as a quite big favourite to win the title.

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Feijen wins The 8-Ball Battle of Scandinavia

Niels Feijen wins The 8-Ball Battle of Scandinavia in Oslo (Norway) over 17-year old Artem Koshevyy!

Niels Feijen beat Mick Hill in one of the semifinals, Artem Koshevyy beat Ralf Souquet in the other semifinal. Congratulations to both, and a special congratulations to Artem who I got the oppertunity to practice with a couple of month ago when I were training for Jorgen Sandman in Malmo. A very talented young player and also a very nice guy.

The format of the tournament were first group stage, matches to 5, alternating breaks. From last 32 best of 5 sets first to 3 points, alternating breaks.

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Friday, January 19, 2007

The Masters - semifinals

The Masters are now down to four players.

19-year old Ding Junhui from China beat Stephen Lee in the quarterfinal (6-2) had a good chance to become the first player ever to score two maximum breaks in the same tournament. He came up a little short with only two more reds on the table. He ended with a decent shot on the black but hit the pink so it came close to the cushion. Trying to get a perfect angle on the last red to move the pink he ended up missing the black... Exciting though!

Ronnie O-Sullivan bet Ken Doherty who at the scoreline 5-5 got a bad hit on the white and missed with an open table - and O'Sullivan took care of the opportunity. Overall a very well played match.

Stehphen Maguire won over Neil Robertson in the tournaments probably most shaking quarterfinal. Maguire seemed to have some troble getting over the finish line and Roberson got several chances. Though Robertsons attacking game wasn't working and that gave Maguire the chances he needed to finish the match 6-2.

Shaun Murphy who seem to have found his form were struggling in the match against Stephen Hendry. Both players seemed to have problems controlling the white ball (my guess is somethin in the conditions of the table changed). The match finished 6-3 to Hendry.

  • Stephen Maguire vs Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • Stephen Hendry vs Ding Junhui

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Masters

The Masters (The Saga Insurance Masters, formerly the Benson & Hedges Masters) is now running. The Masters is not a ranking event but one of the most prestigiuos titles in snooker with a lot of price money. The tournament is an invitation event, where 19 players are invited. The top 16 in the ranking are automatically invited. One place goes to the winner of a qualifying tournament (Stuart Bingham), and two players are invited by the tournament board (Jimmy White and Ding Junhui). Those three players have to play preliminary matches against seeded player 14, 15 and 16 to advance for the first round in the 16-player single elimination tournament. Read more about the tournament at Wikipedia.

19-year old Ding Junhui became the youngest player ever to score a televised maximum break (147) in the match against Anthony Hamilton (6-3). Junhui yesterday contiuned on his eventual way to victory beating Peter Ebdon (6-3). He now faces Stephen Lee in the quarter final. Sthephen Lee won over current World champion Graeme Dott (6-2). Today we'll se the matches for Quarterfinal 3. The winner of the match Stephen Hendry vs Matthew Stevens will meet the winner of Shaun Murphy vs Steve Davis.

The Quarterfinals:
  1. Stephen Maguire vs Neil Robertson

  2. Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ken Doherty

  3. Stehpen Hendry/Matthew Stevens vs Shaun Murphy/Steve Davis

  4. Ding Junhui vs Stephen Lee

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