Snooker Shanghai Masters ended: Ding Junhui missed the quarterfinals and O’Sullivan won four consecutive championships
China News Service, Shanghai, September 17 (Reporter Miao Lu) The 2023 World Snooker Shanghai Masters (hereinafter referred to as the “Snooker Shanghai Masters”) ended on the evening of the 17th. In the final held that day, “Rocket” Ronnie O’Sullivan defeated Luca Brecher 11:9 and won his fourth consecutive championship in the event.
During the seven-day competition, Chinese players performed with surprises and surprises. Ding Junhui unfortunately lost to world champion Neil Robertson and missed the quarterfinals; 22-year-old Fan Zhengyi defeated world number three Mark Allen, breaking a major upset in this competition and becoming China’s “only seedling in the quarterfinals” “.
On September 17, O’Sullivan hit the ball in the final of the 2023 Snooker Shanghai Masters.Photo by China News Service reporter Yin Liqin
The final of the day became a battle between the top two players in the snooker world rankings. O’Sullivan is currently ranked No. 1 in the world, and Brecher is the new champion of the 2023 World Snooker Championship. In previous professional events, the two met 6 times, with O’Sullivan having a slight advantage with 4 wins and 2 losses. However, the most recent confrontation was at this year’s World Championships. Brecher reversed O’Sullivan 13:10.
During the game, the two sides went back and forth and entered the halftime break with a score of 7. Then O’Sullivan suddenly broke out, breaking 100 with 2 strokes, winning 3 games in a row, and got the match point at 10:7. Brecher saved the match point and won two consecutive games to chase the score to 9:10. At the critical moment, O’Sullivan stabilized his position, and after a battle, he finally secured the championship. This is the fifth time O’Sullivan has won this event, and also completed his fourth consecutive championship in this event.
O’Sullivan said in an interview after the game that compared with previous championships, his state this time was not very stable. He said: “I feel very lucky to win today, and I am also very excited. This competition has been bumpy all the way. I have been telling myself to calm down and calm down. I am a person who easily gets frustrated. This feeling It’s terrible. I can’t expect to be in good form all the time, so I keep trying and getting my chance.”
On September 17, O’Sullivan won the 2023 World Snooker Shanghai Masters Championship.Photo by China News Service reporter Yin Liqin
The last professional competition Ding Junhui participated in was the 2023 World Snooker Championship, when he suffered a “first round trip”. The latest snooker world rankings show that Ding Junhui ranks 17th.
Before the Snooker Shanghai Masters, Ding Junhui admitted frankly that he was not sure about his status. “I think I should maintain a long-term game state. I gave up the European Masters and the Champions League at the beginning of the season. Many players will take those two games.” Slowly get back into rhythm.”
In the first round, Ding Junhui defeated rising star Si Jiahui 6:2 and won the “Chinese Derby”. When Ding Junhui summed up his performance after the game, he smiled and said that every year he expected to be better than last year, but the reality is often crueler.
In the subsequent 16-to-8 match, Ding Junhui’s state was ups and downs. Although he surprised everyone with his one-shot and knock-out skills, he ended up losing 5:6 due to too many mistakes after leading 5:3 to get the match point.” Melbourne Machine” Neil Robertson missed the quarterfinals.
If Ding Junhui’s performance at this year’s Snooker Shanghai Masters is unsatisfactory, then Fan Zhengyi’s performance is remarkable.
According to the latest snooker world rankings, Fan Zhengyi ranks 34th. In this tournament, Fan Zheng beat world number 15 Gary Wilson 6:2 in the first round, and then won four consecutive games, overturning world number three Mark Allen 6:3 and breaking into the tournament. Quarterfinals. But in the end, they lost to Robertson 1:6 and regretfully stopped.
Fan Zhengyi is Ding Junhui’s younger brother and a relatively promising young player among Chinese snooker players. His most famous work was in the 2022 European Snooker Masters. In the final, he defeated O’Sullivan 10:9 and became the sixth player in Chinese history to win the snooker ranking championship.
Although he failed to enter the semi-finals, Fan Zhengyi still gained something. He said in the post-match interview: “I defeated two higher-ranked players, which boosted my confidence. If I can play my best At the best level, I can beat anyone. Next, I need to strengthen all aspects in training.”