Life, family and a birthday celebration came in the way of snooker this week-end … so here is, eventually, the aftermath of what happened over the previous two days in Glasgow.
Congratulations to Marco Fu, our Scottish Open 2016 Champion.
Marco won an extraordinary 8 consecutive frames to beat John Higgins by 9-4, from 0-3 and 1-4 down. That’s some feat, especially considering that John Higgins had made 3 centuries to lead 3-0! Marco had been the heaviest scorer all week, he made 10 centuries in the tournament, so it’s not really a surprise, but the score and the way it happened certainly is. He was presented the Stephen Hendry Trophy by the man himself, and it must have been very special as Marco had been Stephen’s practice partner in the early days of his (Marco) career, when he lived in Sterling. This is Marco’s third ranking title, the second in Scotland.
I’m very happy for Marco, who is a very nice man, humble, friendly and always smiling (off the table). I’m very happy as well for his coach Wayne Griffiths, son of Terry, who runs an academy in Hong Kong and also does an awful lot for the young and the ladies players. They have every right to be proud!
Before that of course we had the semi-finals on Saturday:
John Higgins beat Judd Trump by 6-5, from 5-1 down and it literally was a case of one shot turning the match upside down. One miss from Judd allowed John to regain confidence, whilst Judd looked increasingly anxious and vulnerable, probably memories of the Shanghai Masters 2012 final haunting him. John is a true predator at the table, if he smells blood, he’ll come for his opponent throat. He did it again.
Marco Fu beat Yu Delu by 6-1, in a one-sided match and without playing at his best for most of it. But Yu had never reached a SF before and he was very nervous.
Ronnie, Jimmy White, Neal Foulds, and, on Sunday, Stephen Hendry did a wonderful job on ES UK, and, although many of us weren’t able to listen to them “live”, their analysis and comments are extremely interesting to hear, even after the facts. Big thanks to them, they do a great job for snooker.
Pictures posted on twitter by ES/Neal Foulds
Here are the links to a few bits you might be interested in:
It was a very nice touch from John Higgins, despite the huge disappointment, to find the words to congratulate Leo Scullion for his job at refereeing the Final. Leo is very ill and it was nice to see him where he belongs, reffing. Leo was very emotional.