Tha Masters 2019 – Ronnie beats Ding to advance to his 13th Masters Final

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It was quite an eventful match this! Ronnie ran to a 4-0 lead, punishing every mistake from Ding. During the first mini session, Ronnie didn’t make a century, but he looked extremely solid in all departments, and his concentration was excellent.

After the MSI, mistakes crept in Ronnie’s game and his concentration went walkabout. Ding took full advantage. He started scoring very heavily.

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He made two centuries, the 122 in frame seven a 147 attempt. Ding had left himself a very tricky last black. He managed to cut it into the top left pocket (as seen on the screen) but wasn’t great on the yellow. He missed the yellow in the intended pocket, only to fluke it in the opposite corner. But that was it, the green proved to be too difficult.

At 4-3, it was everyone’s match. But Ronnie managed to re-concentrate just in time. He won a very disjoint eighth frame, but then finished with an excellent 93.

Masters 2019 ROS SF Stats

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There was another great moment during this match: Ding was in a devilish snooker and failed to escape. However when he came very close to hitting a red, Ronnie refused to take the miss, in the opinion that his opponent had given it his best effort to reach, and played a containing shot from the position. He got an ovation from the crowd, and praise from the commentators. Sportsmanship is at the highest level in snooker and this was yet another expression of it. In his QF, Ding himself had called a foul on himself, for touching the cue ball whilst feathering. No one had seen it, not even the referee. That’s why we love snooker.

After the match, Ronnie tweeted this:

What a match against my brother Ding. The guy is amazing and a class act on and off the table. A real asset to the game 👑 not easy playing against someone so close to you but delighted to get through to my 13th Masters final 🏆

Here is the report on BBC website

Masters Snooker 2019: O’Sullivan holds off Ding to reach 13th final

At the end of the match, the players were both smiling, talking, embracing and hugging each other, It was great to see. Ronnie was full of praise for Ding, as a player and a person in the BBC studio.

Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) is Ronnie’s close friend and he was in the crowd… and later in the Eurosport Studio.

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Ronnie’s postmatch with Rob Walker

And the always great images taken by Tai Chengzhe. Thank you Tai!

 

9 thoughts on “Tha Masters 2019 – Ronnie beats Ding to advance to his 13th Masters Final

  1. I believe that all the pressure will be on Trump today. He goes for his first Masters final. He hadn‘t win a triple crown title since 2011. It‘s also his first Masters final a all and hebhas much more to lose. Ronnie is much more experienced what regards Ally Pally finals. And in my opinion Trump will feel quite uncomfortable with the big noises of Ronnie’s fans. I think it will be very close.

  2. Ronnie was magnificent in the first half. Some of Ding’s ‘mistakes’ were actually decent safety shots from which Ronnie potted a amazing reds. Ding hadn’t done so much wrong. But then we had that weird period after the MSI. I have the impression that Ronnie feels uneasy beating Ding 6-0, which may even be guilt at being the one to break Ding’s spirit 12 years ago. Anyway, he let Ding back in, but ironically the botched 147 might have ultimately broken Ding’s concentration.

    Incidentally, whatever a player’s opinion of the foul-and-a-miss rule, I don’t actually agree with Ronnie not enforcing it. The only justification would be if he were to feel that the guilt of benifiting from it might prey on his mind later in the match. Otherwise, you play to win.

    • I agree with most of this Lewis, but I’m a bit in two minds about the miss rule. I know why it was put into place, and I agree with the rationale behind it, but I also have seen referees – who probably don’t play themselves or not at any sort of standard – misjudging the difficult of the shots involved. Also, there is a difference of perspective: often the referees look for the “easiest” shot – which is indeed the spirit of the rule – but most players will only thing in terms of ‘the right shot”.

      • I’m happy you say that Monique and Lewis, because I always feel a tad uneasy when Ronnie plays Ding and totally agree with his general attitude that it does not help competition to be very good friends. I kept shouting at the screen “put it back, put it back!”, but luckily Ronnie had a good shot off that. People keep comparing this to Selby putting back Ronnie in their match, while you can’t really say Ronnie did not have a “good enough effort” there, until it became so good that he potted it. 🙂

      • I’m happy you say that Monique and Lewis, because I always feel a tad uneasy when Ronnie plays Ding and totally agree with his general attitude that it does not help competition to be very good friends. I kept shouting at the screen “put it back, put it back!”, but luckily Ronnie had a good shot off that. People keep comparing this to Selby putting back Ronnie in their match, while you can’t really say Ronnie did not have a “good enough effort” there, until it became so good that he potted it. 🙂

        And of course, good luck Ronnie in the final.

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