Crucible 2019 – Day 11

Day 11 is the first day of the quarter finals round with no match going to a finish unless, of course, someone wins with a session to spare. That did not happen yesterday.

Ronnie is starting to feel better and was back in the studio for the evening session. Before that he also spend some times with Steve Feeney and … prawns. Delicious if the feedback is to be trusted. To be honest, he still looked tired especially towards the end of the evening but his insights on the game didn’t suffer.

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Here are the reports by Worldsnooker:

Morning session

Gary Wilson came from 3-0 down to lead Ali Carter 5-3 after the first session of their quarter-final clash at the Betfred World Championship.

Former taxi driver Wilson had never won a match at the Crucible before this year, but has shown his quality this time by knocking out Luca Brecel and Mark Selby.

World number 19 Carter, who was runner-up in Sheffield in 2008 and 2012, went 3-0 up with a top break of 135. But it was world number 32 Wilson who dominated from that point, winning five frames in a row with top breaks of 109, 86, 134 and 55.

On the other table, Kyren Wilson and David Gilbert finished all square at 4-4. Wilson has reached the last eight for the fourth consecutive year and is aiming for his second consecutive semi-final. Gilbert is in new territory as before this year he had only won one match at the Crucible.

World number eight Wilson took the opening frame by potting pink and black then Gilbert levelled with a break of 68. The next two frames were shared before world number 16 Gilbert made a 60 clearance to lead 3-2.

Wilson took the next two frames with top runs of 46 and 43, then Gilbert won the last of the session with an excellent 109.

Both matches resume at 7pm on Tuesday night and play to a finish on Wednesday. First to 13 frames earns a place in the semis.

Afternoon session

Judd Trump secured an imposing 7-1 advantage in his Betfred World Championship quarter-final clash with Stephen Maguire at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Both players are competing in their sixth World Championship quarter-final. Maguire reached this year’s last eight with two nerve shredding victories, beating Tian Pengfei 10-9 and James Cahill 13-12. Trump also required a deciding frame in his 10-9 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, before a 13-9 second round win over Ding Junhui yesterday evening.

Bristol’s Trump has enjoyed his finest season on the World Snooker Tour to date. He picked up a second Triple Crown victory by winning the Masters in January. The 29-year-old has also claimed silverware at the Northern Ireland Open and the World Grand Prix.

Trump showed that form in this afternoon’s session, producing a dominant display. He got proceedings underway with a sublime run of 131. Further breaks of 67, 106 and 78 then saw him move 4-0 up at the mid-session interval.

When they returned Trump made it 5-0 with a contribution of 101, his third century of the match. He then made it 6-0, although Maguire replied by taking the seventh frame. Trump then restored his six frame advantage and emerged from the session 7-1 ahead.

They will return for their second session tomorrow afternoon at 2:30pm.

On the other table, John Higgins came from 4-2 down to level at 4-4 against Neil Robertson. This match features the only two remaining former champions; Higgins having lifted the trophy in 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011 while Robertson wore the crown in 2010.

Australia’s Robertson is in arguably the hottest streak of form of his career, having won three ranking titles this season. He made a 58 clearance, from 55-1 down, to take the opening frame today, then added the second with a break of 91.

The next two were shared, then a marathon 56-minute fifth frame went to Higgins as he thwarted his opponent’s efforts to gain the snooker he needed on the colours. World number four Robertson got the better of frame six and had a chance to go 5-2 ahead but broke down on 45, letting Higgins in to clear from the last red and make it 4-3.

And world number five Higgins made a 73 in the last of the session to square the match. They resume on Wednesday at 10am.

During the mid session, ES showed this short interview with Ronnie assessing Neil’s Robertson game and personality

MissingClip 2019 WSC: Ronnie O’Sullivan on Neil Robertson (Eurosport)

Neil Robertson came at the Crucible as the man in form, and in my eyes he was the favourite to win it this year, not Ronnie who has struggled here since 2014. But after yesterday’s session I have my doubts. The reason for concern is that Neil, who is a prolific break-builder should be well ahead in this match, but it’s all square because in nearly every frame he broke down or missed when in the balls. After the first two frames he wasn’t able to build any 50+ break and had to surrender the table to his  opponent. As a result John Higgins – who is a formidable match player – took four of the last six. This type of rather slow, broken-play, snooker isn’t Neil’s forte. Now almost every player has a bad session over such a long tournament, and maybe this was one for Neil, but if the trend continues he might well be out by tonight.

Evening session

David Gilbert secured a 10-6 advantage heading into tomorrow’s final session of his Betfred World Championship quarter-final clash with Kyren Wilson.

The Tamworth potter is competing in his maiden World Championship quarter-final, but has looked at ease as he bids to progress further and secure a trip to the one-table semi-finals.

Gilbert will be wary of world number eight Wilson’s ability to overturn deficits. The match is a repeat of this year’s German Masters final, where Wilson came from 7-5 down to defeat Gilbert 9-7 in front of 2,500 fans at Berlin’s Tempodrom.

Wilson is appearing in the last eight at the Crucible for the fourth consecutive year. The Warrior went on an impressive run to reach the semi-finals for the first time last year. On that occasion he succumbed to a 17-13 defeat against John Higgins. He has his work cut out if he is to return to the last four this year.

The pair were locked together at 4-4 following this morning’s first session. When play got underway this evening it was world number 16 Gilbert who took the game by the scruff of the neck.

He made breaks of 82, 78 and 102 either side of a superb run of 138 from Wilson to lead 7-5 at the mid-session interval.

Wilson took the first frame when they returned to close the gap to 7-6. However, runs of 72, 58 and 60 saw Gilbert seize control of the tie and finish 10-6 up.

Gilbert requires just three more frames for a semi-final place when they play to a conclusion from 2:30pm tomorrow.

On the other table, Gary Wilson is on course to keep his superb run going as he leads Ali Carter 9-7. Wilson had never won a match at the Crucible before this year, but having knocked out Luca Brecel and Mark Selby, the world number 32 is now just four frames away from the semi-finals.

Carter was runner-up to Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2008 and 2012 but needs to win six of the last nine frames if he is to keep his hopes alive this time.

World number 19 Carter trailed 5-3 going into tonight’s session and got the fast start he needed, making a break of 102 to win the first frame of the evening, then taking the next on the colours to level at 5-5.

Wallsend cueman Wilson responded superbly as runs of 51 and 134 put him 7-5 up. He could have gone further ahead but missed the final pink to a baulk corner in frame 13, allowing Carter to pot pink and black.

Wilson showed his resilience, making an 82 for 8-6. Frame 15 again came down to the last two balls and this time Wilson converted pink and black to go three ahead for the first time. Carter took the last of the session with a 59 to give himself hope.

They resume at 10am on Wednesday; first to 13 frames will be the first man into the semi-finals.

In total contrast with the Robertson v Higgins match, David Gilbert and Kyren Wilson produced a very high quality match. David Gilbert in particular was impressive, scoring 9 breaks over 50 in the 10 frames he won. In fact he had one in every of the six frames he won in the evening. The highest break of the match, a 138, goes to Kyren Wilson but it’s the only telling break he made all match so far. Kyren’s problem – as Ronnie explained in the studio later – is that his cueball control isn’t really at the level required from a very top player. He is a great potter, and has a fantastic temperament and will to win, but his cueball control is a relative weakness. And it cost him dear yesterday because his opponent, David Gilbert, was cueing fantastically and punished most of Kyren’s mistakes. Kyren Wilson now needs to win the last session by 7-2 or better. It’s not impossible but it’s a big ask, and unless David Gilbert has a bad day in office, I can’t really see it happening.

I didn’t see anything of what happening on the other table, but going by what popped up on my twitter, it seems that Ali Carter got angry again!

coverage (evening with Ronnie)

MissingClip 2019 WSC: Day11 evening session preview (Eurosport)

MissingClip 2019 WSC: MSI of the Kyren WIlson – David Gilbert match (Session2, Eurosport)

MissingClip 2019 WSC: review of the Kyren WIlson – David Gilbert match (Session2, Eurosport)

Today, all quarter finals are played to a finish. I wouldn’t be surprised if Neil Robertson and John Higgins had the whole arena for themselves tonight.

Ronnie will be back in the studio for the evening session.