Shanghai Masters 2018 – Day 5 – Ronnie books his place in the final

It wasn’t the best of performance from either player, but it was engrossing all the same as both Ronnie and Kyren Wilson played some great shots mixed with unexpected misses. Eventually it was Ronnie who found something in the last mini session and prevailed by 10-6. Ronnie will play either Ding Junhui or Barry Hawkins on Sunday, and should he win he would become the first man to win the Shanghai Masters three times as well as the first to defend this particular title.

Shanghai Masters 2018 SF ROS Scores

Here is the report on Worldsnooker

Ronnie O’Sullivan overcame Kyren Wilson 10-6 to progress to the final of the 2018 Shanghai Masters.

Victory for the Rocket ended a 19-match winning streak for Wilson, who had previously won back-to-back titles at the Paul Hunter Classic and Six Red World Championship.

O’Sullivan is now one win away from defending the title he won here in Shanghai a year ago, when he defeated Judd Trump 10-3 in the final. He will face Ding Junhui or Barry Hawkins in the final on Sunday, with the winner to receive £200,000.

O’Sullivan led 5-4 after the afternoon session, then Wilson got the better of the early exchanges in the evening session to level at 6-6.

Both players missed chances in the crucial 13th frame, Wilson failing to pot frame-ball blue to a baulk corner, allowing his opponent to clear to the black to move 7-6 in front. From there, O’Sullivan didn’t look back and powered to the finish line with breaks of 88, 60 and 84.

O’Sullivan has never faced Ding in a final in China, and admitted that he would relish a clash with the Asian number one.

I’d really enjoy it,” said the 42-year-old. “It would be fantastic to play Ding. I have always enjoyed having the crowd against me. It has always spurred me on to be a party pooper. Especially when I played Stephen Hendry in Scotland or Ken Doherty in Ireland. You get psyched up for it because you feel like you aren’t just playing against your opponent. You are also playing against the crowd.

“I’d love to have more battles with Kyren. He is a great competitor and a great guy. He has some of the qualities that the older generation have. He loves the sport, gives it everything and pays attention to detail.

A disappointed Wilson felt that he spurned too many opportunities to win the match.

He admitted: “It was a really scrappy and poor match. Ronnie didn’t play to his usual best. That was probably his C game. It was nice to see him try hard. In the past he might have thrown the towel in. It is probably testament to my own ability that he feels like he has got to try as I am one of the young guns coming through. However, you have to take your opportunities and I didn’t.

As well as a few images thanks to Tai Chengzhe

Here is a short video with (an excerpt of) Ronnie’s post match, in which he reveals a bit about how he wants to conduct his season

It might not be what fans want, but it’s how he feels about it at this moment in time, and if, when he plays, he plays great and enjoys it, that’s good enough for me! After all since the start of the 2017/18 season, Ronnie has entered, 16 events, made it to the final 8 times and won 5, that could become 6 by Sunday night. We shouldn’t complain!

2 thoughts on “Shanghai Masters 2018 – Day 5 – Ronnie books his place in the final

  1. Without listen his interview his schedule would be this one (dont care what he says sometimes 😀 )
    English Open
    Champion of Champions
    Northern Ireland Open
    UK Championship
    Scottish Open
    Masters
    Grand Prix(?)
    Welsh Open
    Players Championship(?)
    Tour Championship(?)
    World Championship

    So except him to play every UK event, plus maybe China Open before the Crucible

  2. That short interview pretty much confirms what we’ve been suspecting, i.e. that Ronnie doesn’t want to play in events that require traveling and/or qualifying.

    As a Ronnie fan it’s hard not to be disappointed that he’s cutting back on his schedule so much, but it’s not hard to understand it from Ronnie’s perspective. I think last season was really a gift that he gave his fans, and also a bit of gift to himself as well. He said in one of his interviews last season that he “owed it to himself” to play a full schedule and give 100% to snooker in part to prove to himself that he is still the best and (in my opinion) to help make up for some of his past seasons where his mental struggles kept him from winning as much as his talent deserved. Now that he’s in a much better place mentally, last season was a chance for him to combine incredible talent with mental toughness, for possibly the first (and only?) full season of his career.

    While it’s natural for fans to want him to repeat last season, he’ll most likely never play such a full schedule again. I’m sure that all the traveling and winning and attention took a lot out of him, and it’s not hard to understand why he doesn’t want to go through that again (at least, not this season).

    Do we know whether Ronnie is still obliged to play all 4 Home Nations events? If so, that would require him to play more than once a month.

    If he’s not obliged to play the 4 Home Nations and he’s really only going to play roughly once a month, my guess is he’ll play the following events:

    Oct 15-21: English Open
    Nov 5-11: Champion of Champions
    Nov 27-Dec 9: UK Championship
    Jan 13-20: Masters
    Feb 11-17: Welsh Open
    Apr 20-May 6: World Championships

    That would result in a total of 3 invitational events and 4 ranking events for the season. Perhaps he would add 1 or more of the 3 events that you qualify for based on this year’s ranking points, but his chances of qualifying for those events seem low and I don’t think he cares about that…

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