Ronnie beat Soheil Vahedi in less than 45 minutes and added three centuries to his tally in the process. The Iranian player can play better than he did today but looked a bit overawed by the circumstance and or his opponent.
Before the match Ronnie had posted this on twitter:
Now he didn’t play many safeties, he didn’t need to, but was definitely slow: about 14 sec AST. Snail!
Seriously Ronnie played properly and looked in good form.
Here are some great pictures thanks to Tai Chengzhe
The match review was interesting too, and positive.
And a good honest interview with the sponsor too
Ronnie has been quite vocal on twitter about the structure of the tour, and how he feels it affects the players, especially the top players who make it regularly to the latter stages of tournaments and therefore play a lot of matches. He also believes that the top players shouldn’t be forced to play qualifiers and I agree with him. You don’t see it happen in other sports and the reason is simple: broadcasters and sponsors want the best players in their events. Yes, it’s a privilege, but it’s one they earned the hard way. Ronnie, Williams, Higgins … they all started playing in Norbeck Castle in Blackpool, before climbing the rankings by winning match after match after match. The top players are the ones who attract the fans, and the television audience, they are the ones who generate the money. Having them at the venues is benefitting everyone.