Judd Trump

Llandudno To Stage Snooker’s World Grand Prix

The best snooker players on the planet will be back in Llandudno next March for the World Grand Prix.

The tournament was new to the calendar last season and received a fantastic reception in North Wales. It proved a great success as fans flocked to Venue Cymru to see an array of green baize stars including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, John Higgins and Mark Selby.

This season’s World Grand Prix runs from March 8 to 13 at the same venue in the beautiful coastal town of Llandudno. Tickets are on sale now and they are already selling fast. All supporters are strongly urged to book fast and make sure of their seats, as many sessions will sell out rapidly.

The 2016 World Grand Prix will be a ranking event for the first time, with money earned to count towards the world ranking list. The field for the ITV4-televised event will comprise 32 players, chasing the trophy and a top prize of £100,000.

A unique ranking list will run from the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open until the 2016 Gdynia Open, with the top 32 players on that list to be eligible to enter the World Grand Prix.

Young potting sensation Judd Trump won the title last season, coming from 7-4 down in a superb final to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-7. “The World Grand Prix is a fantastic addition to the calendar,” said the player nicknamed The Ace. “I’m pleased to see it become a ranking event because that means there is more at stake and it will help the tournament grow.

“The crowds in Llandudno were brilliant last time and I thrive on that type of atmosphere. It was a great result for me to beat Ronnie in the final and hopefully I’ll be back defending my title next March, with a lot of support.”

Ding Junhui Welsh Open

Fine for Ding

The following statement was put up on World Snooker’s website today in which it details a £5,000 fine for repeated breaches of the players contract I am lead to believe this should in-fact only be one breach but World Snooker believe that because he has won 5 titles this season he is in breach of the same publicity clause where a winner of a tournament MUST attend The World Snooker Awards Dinner 5 times.

Considering the amount of money that Ding Junhui has won this season I am sure he will be more than happy to pay the £5,000

From what I understand his reason for not attending The Awards Dinner was because he was on a short break back home in China to spend some time with his family.

The Actual Statement from World Snooker is Below

The WPBSA can confirm that after being fined £5,000 by WSL for failing to attend the WSL Awards Dinner, which put him in breach of his players contract, Ding Junhui has been referred to the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee to consider whether any further action is appropriate with regard to repeated breaches of his players contract. 

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Ronnie O'Sullivan named player of the year at awards ceromony

Just wanted to see what your opinions on this were, personally I would of nominated Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson over Ronnie O’Sullivan for this award this year and I hate to say it even Mark Selby would of got my vote over Ronnie.

Do the people who make these decisions at World Snooker even watch Snooker? do they know what each player has achieved in a season or do they just pick names out of a hat?

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O’Sullivan holds slender lead

Ronnie O’Sullivan holds a 5-3 lead over Mark Selby after the first session of the Dafabet World Championship final.

O’Sullivan, who is going in search of his third consecutive title, and sixth overall, took the opener with a quick fire 69.

Selby knew a good start was essential as O’Sullivan has shown in his previous finals that he is very difficult to catch once he builds up a lead.

The defending Champion also took the next and fired in a superb century in the third to race into a three nil lead.

Selby finally got his first frame of the day to trail only 3-1 at the interval.

A 30 minute plus battle followed in the first after the break and it was Selby who eventually prevailed to reduce his deficit to one frame.

A sensational long red in the next allowed O’Sullivan in to make 63 and move two ahead once again.

Selby, who many believed would be suffering from fatigue after his late night semi-final victory over Neil Robertson on Saturday, showed he still has plenty in the tank as he won another tight contest in frame seven to trail 4-3.

The 30-year-old from Leicester who was beaten by O’Sullivan in this year’s Masters Final in January, had a high break of 37 at this point and looked well set to win the crucial final frame of the session, but after missing a black, ‘The Rocket’ cleared the colours to ensure he holds a two frame lead.

They will resume at 7pm tonight, with 18 the target for the title.

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Selby pips Robertson in Crucible classic

Mark Selby once again showed he has nerves of steel as he beat Neil Robertson 17-15 in an enthralling World Championship semi-final.

The pair were locked at 12 frames all ahead of the final session and much like heavyweight boxers, were matching each other blow for blow in this contest of two of the game’s finest players.

The Australian started the evening well and won the opener with a break of 74 but Selby responded in fine style with 79 in the next to level the match once again.

Selby won the next to go in front again but Robertson responded with a 53 to go into the interval all square at 14 all.

The 30-year-old from Leicester who is well renowned for his ability to win close matches and perform well under pressure, knocked in a frame winning 77 in the next before going two clear to lead 16-14.

The 2010 Champion knew he would have to win the remaining three frames if he was to mount a comeback and he looked on course after thumping in another century to reduce his arrears to one.

Selby had first chance in the next and he showed the bottle that has become accustomed of him by knocking in an effortless 74 to close out victory and set up a final showdown with Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Robertson felt he couldn’t have done any more against an opponent who was at the top of his game.

“That’s the best I’ve ever seen Mark play. He played some fantastic stuff, especially in that last session. It wasn’t like I was missing easy balls; we both won our frames with big breaks or great safety play.

Selby, who will play in his second World Championship final, was pleased with his performance. “It’s a shame there had to be a loser, Neil played great and we were matching each other blow for blow. It’s definitely up there with my best performances.”

With O’Sullivan having an extra day’s rest ahead of the final, Selby is hoping it doesn’t prove to be too much of an advantage.

“I feel okay at the moment; hopefully I’ll get a good night’s sleep. Ronnie’s an absolute genius and he doesn’t fear anyone but I’ll just have to take my chances, because I know I’ll get opportunities.

The first session of the final will start at 2pm on Sunday.

Neil Robertson

Selby holds advantage

Mark Selby leads Neil Robertson 9-7 after the second session of their World Championship semi-final.

Trailing 5-3, a good start was essential for Robertson and he took the opener, aided by a break of 46.

The Australian racked up his 102nd century of the season in the next, a sensational break of to level the match.

Many observers expected a tight contest between two of the game’s best players and it was proving that way. Selby was first in with 53 in frame eleven to regain the lead once again and despite Robertson having the first chance in the next; it was the 30-year-old from Leicester who took his opportunity to open up a two frame lead at the interval.

A 72 from Robertson in frame 13 saw him reduce the gap to one again and he had his chances to level the match in the next but failed to capitalise, allowing Selby in again to move two clear at 8-6.

An outrageous plant let the world number three in to make 64 in the next and he looked well set in the pivotal final frame of the session but missed a black on 53. That allowed Robertson in to clear with a superb 61 to ensure he only trails by two at 9-7.

They will resume at 10am on Saturday, with 17 the target for a place in the final.

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