Ding Junhui lost 3-10 miserably and missed the 14th crown O’Sullivan’s 4th crown title of the season
In the early morning of February 26, Beijing time, the 15th round of this season’s ranking tournament-the 2018 World Snooker Grand Prix came to an end in Preston, UK. In the final,drove high and low, and the good hand feeling of the first few rounds was gone. Ronnie O’Sullivan, the number one star in Taiwan and the title of “Rocket”, broke the 100 with three shots. In the end, Ding Junhui lost 3-10 and missed his 14th ranking championship. O’Sullivan won the 32nd Ranking Tournament in his career and led the championship prize of 100,000 pounds. At the same time, this is also O’Sullivan’s fourth ranked championship this season.
The competition for the Grand Prix, which is only open to the top 32 people in a year, is fierce, as evidenced by the fact that the top 4 of the top 4 occupies three seats. In the semifinals, Ding Junhui beat Selby, the world’s No. 1 6-5, and O’Sullivan eliminated Maguire 6-4. The long-lost final “Ding Olympics” was staged at the end of the Chinese New Year.
It is no exaggeration to say that O’Sullivan is a nightmare for all other players in Taiwan today, and Ding Junhui is no exception. Before the two sides played against each other 17 times, Ding Junhui had 4 wins, 10 losses and 3 draws. However, in the two encounters in the ranking finals, the two won and tied. Moreover, in the top 8 of the World Championships last year, the last time the two sides played against each other, Ding Junhui won 13-10. Therefore, as long as Ding Junhui can play his own rhythm, it is not without a chance.
The final will be conducted in two stages with a 10-win system of 19 innings. In the first 9 rounds of the first stage, Ding Junhui started well with 53 points in a single stroke. O’Sullivan retaliated with 71 points on a single stroke and then went 71-47 and went back 2-1. Ding Junhui scored 68 points in the 4th inning, and the two shook hands 2-2 before the break.
After a short break of more than ten minutes, the Rockets took off strongly, 124 points and 105 points in a single shot broke the 100 in two consecutive games, making it difficult for Ding Junhui to parry. Ding Junhui just narrowed the point difference with 64-42, and was defeated by O’Sullivan with 59 and 120 points. After the first nine rounds, Ding Junhui fell behind 3-6.
In the second stage of the final, the rhythm is still on O’Sullivan’s side. In the 10th game, although O’Sullivan’s offensive firepower declined, he took several shots to win the game 113-4 in this game, leading Ding Junhui with a total score of 7-3. Then O’Sullivan 79-6 extended his advantage to 8-3.
In the 12th inning, O’Sullivan once had a chance to hit a single high score again, scoring 46 points and missed a thin red ball. However, Ding Junhui didn’t feel better. He recovered 16 points and missed the side library red ball. In the face of too many low-level errors, Ding Junhui was also very upset and couldn’t help but knock the club with his head. O’Sullivan continued to score, 9-3 holding a lot of match points.
In the 13th game, Ding Junhui failed in two attempts to attack. There was no suspense in the game. O’Sullivan took the game and finished with a strong 83 points in a single stroke. He won the ranking game for the fourth time this season. This is also the 32nd ranking game honor in his career. It is 36 crowns and the highest record of the billiards emperor Hendry. Only four steps away.