6 Red Ball World Championships Ding Junhui Liang Wenbo loses the first game, Sancam gives full marks
On September 4, the 2017 6 Red Ball World Championship kicked off in Bangkok, Thailand. Defending champion Ding Junhui was in poor condition. In the first game of the group stage, he lost to host Thailand’s Sancam by a big score of 1-5. The latter was confident that he scored 75 points in the fifth game.
The 6 Red Ball World Championship is an invitational tournament that is not included in the points ranking system. Its predecessor is the 6 Red Ball International Championship, which was founded in 2008. Unlike the traditional 15 red plus 15 colors, the 6 Red Ball World Championship only has 6 red balls plus 6 colored balls, so the pace of the game is faster and the viewing experience is quite different.
Last year, Ding Junhui beat Bingham 8-7 after breaking into the final, winning the title for the first time in the event. This year Ding Junhui played as the defending champion. At the same time, this is the third consecutive year of his career to appear in the event.
The competition is divided into two stages. The first stage is the group stage. The 32 people were divided into eight groups, and each group took the top two to enter the second stage of the single-elimination round. Defending champion Ding Junhui ranked in Group A, along with Chinese teenager Lu Haotian, host Thai player Sancam, and last year’s Paul Hunter Classic runner-up Tom Ford. Ford, who is now ranked 32nd in the world, was qualified for the competition due to Brechel’s retirement.
In the first match of the group stage, Ding Junhui’s opponent was Sancam. The 25-year-old Sancam can be called the future star of Thailand. In the 6 Red Ball, he has won 1 time in the top 8 and 1 time in the top 4 with good results. For Ding Junhui, who has been in poor form recently, this game cannot be taken lightly.
The game is based on 9 games and 5 wins. In the first game, Sancam scored three red goals and failed to score the color goal. Ding Junhui scored 23-3 in the game and did not control his strength well. The cue ball was almost close to the target green ball. Ding Junhui raised the tail and made a mistake in attacking the bag. Sancam quickly missed the ball, Ding Junhui cleared the table 48-3 first.
In the second game, Ding Junhui scored 7 points to attack the red ball close to the bottom of the pile, and then wasted the penultimate red ball that Sancam gave up. Sancam 51-7 tied the score at 1-1.
In the third game, Sancam scored 21 points and missed the penultimate red ball. Ding Junhui scored the red ball and failed to make it comfortable for the colored ball, so he should guard carefully. Sancam made a big leak, but Ding Junhui barely moved his pole well and eventually stopped at the green ball. Sancam made another victory and overtook Ding Junhui 2-1.
Sancam became more and more courageous, and he repeatedly scored difficult goals after entering the long table in the fourth game. He accidentally missed the middle bag with 26 points in a single shot. Ding Junhui couldn’t get rid of the quagmire of poor position. Although he succeeded in making a coffee ball around the stage to play green, he scored the coffee ball and sacked the cue ball at the same time. Sancam rewritten the total score on the court to 3-1.
Next, the confident Sancam smoothly blasted a single shot with 75 points and full points, 4-1 holding a lot of match points. Ding Junhui failed to adjust in time, and the hot-feeling Sancam ended with a strong 52-point single stroke, so Ding Junhui lost 1-5 in the first game.
The second match of the group stage, waiting for Ding Junhui is a derby match, the opponent is Lu Haotian, the match between the two sides will be held at 12 o’clock on September 5, Beijing time.
In the game earlier in the day, the 2015 runner-up3-5 lost to Mark Davis, who had twice won the 6 Red Ball World Championships, and also suffered a first defeat in the group stage.