Ronnie was back in Coventry on Easter Sunday and, going by fans reactions on twitter it was another great club night although little details emerged. I’m told Ronnie made “a few centuries” …
Fans reactions were extremely positive, and here is what the referee, Ian Nigel Wagstaff, tweeted after the show:
Pleasure and honour to referee for snookers finest ever player Ronnie O Sullivan once again tonight . Big thanks jason @Snookerlegends
Plus some pictures put by fans on twitter:
Other than that Sunday also saw the conclusion of the Players Championship Grand Final, with Mark Allen claiming the trophy. In his “Closing on the cut” blog , Matt Huart explains how things now stand regarding the run to the Crucible.
Here is an excerpt:
The Crucible Draw
For those who may not be aware, unlike other tournaments, the top 16 seeded players at the World Championship are placed in the draw in a very specific manner, for example the top seed is always scheduled to meet the 16th seed in the second round, the second seed is always poised to meet the 15th seed and so on.
That being the case, the last 16 draw is currently shaping up as follows:
Bingham (1) v Ding (16)
Perry (9) v Higgins (8)
O’Sullivan (5) v Gould (12)
Williams (13) v Robertson (4)
Murphy (3) v Fu (14)
Hawkins (11) v Allen (6)
Trump (7) v Walden (10)
White (15) v Selby (2)
Much can still change in China though as explained below…
Battle for Number 1
Following world number one Mark Selby’s withdrawal from the Players Championship and China Open events due to personal reasons, there is a possibility that the number one ranking could change hands for the first time since February 2015 following the China Open.
This can however only happen if Stuart Bingham were to win the tournament in Beijing, with no other result sufficient.
Of course, with Stuart Bingham already assured of being top seed for the World Championship as defending champion, the Crucible seedings list will be unaffected either way.
The Top Eight
Following Mark Allen’s victory at the Players Championship, he will climb to number six in the projected seedings, with at least a semi-final run from Judd Trump in Beijing needed to see the Northern Irishman head to the Crucible seeded any lower than that.
Only title victories by either Joe Perry or Ricky Walden in Beijing would be enough to see John Higgins miss out upon a top eight seeding for Sheffield.
It’s worth noting that Mark Allen is not in China, so sixth the highest he can come. Mathematically both Judd Trump and John Higgins could still overcome Ronnie, but Judd needs the final and John needs to win the tournament. As they are not in the same half of the draw, they could meet in the final.