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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O’Sullivan goes clear of Hawkins

Ronnie O’Sullivan requires six more frames to book his place in the World Championship final after opening up an 11-5 lead against Barry Hawkins.

The defending Champion showed some of his best form of the tournament as he won the first four frames of the morning session to lead 10-2 at the interval.

The 2013 runner-up knew a good start was imperative if he was to mount a comeback but after he missed an early red in the opener, O’Sullivan punished him with 83.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan

A break of 53 was enough in the next to see O’Sullivan go six clear and his relentless march to a third consecutive title showed no signs of letting up as he stroked in his eighth century of the Championship in the next to go 9-2 ahead.

Watched on by his psychiatrist, Dr Steve Peters, O’Sullivan continued his heavy scoring in the next, a sensational 106 saw him move into the interval with an eight frame advantage.

Hawkins finally got on the scoreboard in the first after the break and after O’Sullivan missed the last green in the next the world number four reduced his arrears to six.

Both players had chances in frame 15, but after Hawkins missed an easy red, O’Sullivan made to mistake in going seven clear.

Hawkins dug deep in the last frame of the session, a well crafted break of 106 ensured he still has a glimmer of hope.

However, the 34-year-old will need to win at least three frames in the third session to avoid losing the match with a session to spare.

They will resume at 7pm tonight, with 17 the target for a place in the final.

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