As we are now in the two table setup, with the crowd surrounding the players, the feel is completely different and clearly benefitted the top players. Six of the quarter-finalists are top 16 players, and all of them have reached the final of this tournament before, with five of them having won it. it wasn’t plain sailing for all of them though as you can read on Worldsnooker official reports.
Mark Williams has now secured his Masters spot and suffered a rare bout of nerves over it, as he admitted in his post-match with Rob Walker. He also made some interesting comments about the current level on the main tour, in particular amongst the young players. This clearly is a concern when it comes to the future of the game, at least in the UK.
Today, we will have all the quarter-finals played to conclusion and it’s a very important match for Ronnie: indeed he needs to win this one to secure his top 16 spot at the next cut-off, just after this tournament.
Regarding Ronnie, he got the support of Mark Selby over his comments regarding the current structure of the main tour. He too thinks the tour can’t really cater for 128.