O’Sullivan keen to recapture top form

On December 11, 2008 by

British snooker fans never really know what to expect from the talented enigma, Ronnie O’Sullivan. He is often moody, frustrating, and unsociable. However, sometimes he allows the public to glimpse his ambitious side, which is still hungry for further success despite the numerous titles won by the snooker legend.

A recent statement from O’Sullivan has provided such a glimpse. He has revealed that he is desperate to return to top form and replicate the impressive play which handed him the UK Championship title last year.

He won the title by playing consistently well throughout the tournament. Highlights included a maximum 147 break in the decisive final-frame decider of the semi-final match against Mark Selby. Stephen Maguire was thrashed in the final of the tournament and O’Sullivan really was on top form.

O’Sullivan will return to Telford to try to defend his title and he is hopeful of playing

Robertson claims third ranking event

On November 18, 2008 by

The Welsh snooker player, Matthew Stevens, who was fighting for a second ranking title, was unlucky to come up against an impressive and tough competitor during the final of the Bahrain Championship last weekend.

His competitor for the title was Neil Robertson, the Australian snooker player who is currently ranked tenth in the world. Although Stevens played well throughout the closely fought match, Robertson asserted his dominance and eventually won by a score of 9-7.

The match started with little hint of the excitement which was to follow at a later stage. Robertson opened up a 3-0 lead, at which point he felt

Higgins victorious despite impressive comeback from Day

On October 21, 2008 by

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

O’Sullivan Down and Out in China

On October 14, 2008 by

Ronnie O’Sullivan, the world’s number one snooker player, has lost out on a £52,000 prize fund after losing 10-8 to Englishman, Ricky Walden, in the Shanghai Masters tournament. O’Sullivan said that his defeat was a disappointment but nothing less than he deserved: "There’s no excuse. I just have to keep working hard and hope the results come."

Walden is currently ranked 17th in the world (up from 35th) and performed consistently well in both the Belgium Open and in a second Chinese tournament contested last July. Despite being handed abysmal odds by the bookies, Walden squashed both Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis on his way to the final. The youngster also secured convincing victories against Australian player, Neil Robertson, and Masters Champion, Mark Selby.

Walden’s victory in China marked the first time that he has won a major tournament since he turned professional. The former under-21 champion is planning to take his friends to Las Vegas to celebrate his recent success but has made no joke about the difficult task ahead of him. His recent run of form has given him a lot of confidence in his abilities but he is aware that his fans will expect bigger and greater things from him in the future.

The Glasgow Grand Prix began on Saturday 11th October and has since seen both Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis progress to the second round. Unfortunately, despite his performance at the Shanghai Masters, Ricky Walden lost 5-4 in a difficult match against world number 8, Ryan Day. Ronnie O’Sullivan will face 21 year old Chinese player, Liang Wenbo, later today (14th October).

Snooker stars seek to reinvent sport’s image

On September 22, 2008 by

Despite the best efforts of talented, charismatic and entertaining individuals such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and the late Paul Hunter, snooker remains a sport tainted with an unfairly boring reputation. Many young people perceive snooker as a game for older people and overlook it, preferring to indulge in a spot of American or English pool.

However, the launch of World Snooker’s ‘Hotshots’ scheme aims to change this attitude, by showing that there are still plenty entertaining personalities, to whom young people can relate, playing the game. At the official launch, Daniel Wells, the first player to be presented with the Paul Hunter Scholarship, spoke about his ambition to encourage

Joe Perry on-cue to help family raising money for renal unit

On May 30, 2008 by

Joe Perry is helping a family friend raise cash for a renal unit at his local hospital. These are the types of stories that I really like.

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Source : CambsTimes

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