Higgins victorious despite impressive comeback from Day
on October 21, 2008 by Administrator
This weekend saw John Higgins win his first ranking event for a year and a half following victory over the impressive Ryan Day at the Royal London Watches Grand Prix. Held in Glasgow, the competition win was the Scot’s first success in his home country, his nineteenth ranking title, and his fourth Grand Prix crown.
Higgins had not won a snooker title since his victory in the World Championship in the summer of 2007 and was desperate to make an impression in this competition.
However, the match did not all go John Higgins’ way. Indeed, Ryan Day, who was fighting for his first ranking title in just his third final, gave Higgins a real scare with an impressive comeback.
Day was keen to win his first ranking title following unfortunate defeats in his previous two finals, held in Malta and Shanghai.
The Scot was in good form during the opening session and managed to open up a 5-2 lead. Higgins seemed to be competing on a different level to Day, who was being truly humbled by the Scot’s magnificent performance.
He managed to amass four breaks of over 50, the best being an 85 in just the second frame. Higgins continued to extend his lead over the world’s eighth best snooker player, bringing the score to 7-2. However, at this point, Day seemed to remember where he was and what he was fighting for.
Five out of the following six frames were won by the Welshman and the match was delicately poised at 8-7 following a break of 83 from Day. However, Higgins managed to overcome Day’s inspiring comeback, which was sadly too little too late for the Welshman. The match ultimately finished 9-7 to Higgins.
Snooker pundits were quick to point out that Day must have been exhausted following his tense semi-final victory over Ali Carter. However, the Welshman refused to use exhaustion as an excuse and managed to be truly magnanimous in defeat.
Day berated himself for being