World Championship 2020 – Ronnie beats Ding by 13-10 in the last 16 round

Ronnie has beaten Ding Junhui by 13-10 tonight and is through to the quarter-finals where he will play Mark Williams. This was Ronnie’s 100th match at the Crucible.

Those are the numbers:

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I think this is pretty impressive.

And two interesting quotes that transpired on social media.

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Apparently Ronnie’s interview with BBC was quite something, but I can’t watch BBC where I am. I hope it will be available somewhere in the coming days 😇

And this was Mark Williams’s reaction on twitter:

Willo on twitter ahead of the RS-Willo QF at the 2020 Crucible

Here is the report by WST:

Ronnie O’Sullivan eased into the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship with a trademark display of rapid attacking snooker to beat Ding Junhui 13-10.

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O’Sullivan is into the last eight at the Crucible for the 19th time, equalling Stephen Hendry’s record. He faces old adversary Mark Williams over 25 frames on Monday and Tuesday, and victory for O’Sullivan would put him into the semi-finals for the first time since 2014.

The Rocket hasn’t won a title since the Shanghai Masters 11 months ago but has looked sharp and focused so far in Sheffield as he chases a sixth Crucible crown. In Ding and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh he has faced two opponents happy to trade blow for blow, and O’Sullivan’s scoring prowess has carried him through.

In the 23 frames he has won so far, he has compiled four centuries and 15 more breaks over 50. The 44-year-old will hope for a similarly open match against Williams.

O’Sullivan knocked in breaks of 87 and 73 in the first two frames tonight to lead 10-8, before Ding pulled one back with an 88. In frame 20, Ding had a clear chance to draw level, but missed a mid-range red to a top corner on 39, letting O’Sullivan in for a 60 clearance to lead 11-9 at the interval.

O’Sullivan missed a black to top corner on 22 in the next and China’s Ding raised his hopes of a fight-back with a break of 81. But world number six O’Sullivan rose to the challenge and fired runs of 117 and 93 to take the last two frames. The seven frames in tonight’s session took just 67 minutes.

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“If Ding had been a bit tighter and taken certain opportunities he could have run away with it,” said O’Sullivan. “In both sessions I had to come back from bad starts. I was over the moon to be 8-8 at the start of this session. Tonight I just tried to focus and play each shot as it comes, and I’m pleased with how I finished the match off.

“I had a few days at home after my first match which was helpful. When you get out of Sheffield, even to go into the Peak District to have a bit of dinner, it gets you out of that pressurised environment. The emotions are running high because it is such an important tournament.

“I have been playing Mark Williams since we were on the junior circuit in 1986. We were in pro-ams together all of the time, then John Higgins came along in 1989. We had some battles as amateurs and then as professionals. We have been in each other’s heads for 34 years.

“Mark has done really well for himself, he’s got a lovely family, enjoys his holidays, he has achieved a lot in the game, and if he gave up snooker he’d just live on the golf course. He’s got a very simple lifestyle, which is brilliant. I am similar, but I couldn’t play golf every day, so I have had to create something else for myself, so that I have something to do when snooker stops being the be-all and end-all.

“We’ll both want to play well because we have pride in performance. Even if we were playing a practice match in the club we would still want to beat each other, so at the Crucible it’s going to have an extra edge to it.”

Ding’s wait to become the first World Champion from Asia goes on – his only final appearance was in 2016 when he lost to Mark Selby. He said: “In the first two sessions, Ronnie missed a lot of blacks or pinks off the spot and I took those chances. I played well, but today wasn’t as good as the first two sessions. Sometimes I need to score heavily and I didn’t do that well enough.

“I’m working hard. I’ve got my own academy and I’ve got my own tables now. I’m playing more and I’m enjoying practising now. I’m just looking forward to the new season. It is a tough time for everybody and for all snooker players, we should take every chance to play.”

You can listen to Ronnnie’s interviews here:

With BBC:

With Rob Walker for WST/press:

 

 

13 thoughts on “World Championship 2020 – Ronnie beats Ding by 13-10 in the last 16 round

  1. Enjoyed the match very much, especially the last session. Ronnie really looked focused and up for the fight. By the way, did you notice the little pre-shot routine Ronnie executed (both feet aligned) before going into the shot? For me it was a good sign that he was prepared to take every shot on it’s merit. it reminded me of a similar routine he once adopted during a Masters tournament some years ago (cannot remember which on it was).
    Hopefully for Ronnie more of that to come. Good luck the Rocket!

  2. This was wonderful. He said he was over the moon being 8-8 after the second session and I have to admit I was happy too, but yesterday he was glorious and he was focused and quick and sweet. I’m not saying that black ball miss did not give me a heart attack, but besides that loved yesterday’s session. It was really great to see him around the table, when he is so focused, he has so much presence there. I don’ want to get over-enthusiastic, so I’ll just say it is good to see him back to the QF after all this time.

  3. I expected Ronnie to win more easily than he did, and I still think he probably should have done. Ding’s preparation probably just consisted of breakbuilding routines – he’s had no time for alignment drills and practice matches. That showed as several parts of his game were missing. He probably thought that the only way he could compete was to attack and take every chance.

    Ronnie also played a very open game, which helped Ding win 10 frames, and might have won more. I suggest Ronnie will have to be a bit more pragmatic, because he still made too many mistakes. However, nodoby is playing at their peak (probably because their preparations haven’t been ideal), so Ronnie does have a chance this year.

    • Agreed Lewis. Two things struck me. Ronnie missed a few blacks of the spot, always hitting the far jaw, and he also missed a number of safeties playing too thick. May be an alignment issue … hopefully not a sign of a decline of his eyesight.

  4. Ron was fantastic, played with so much courage tonite, as a lifelong die hard fan I’ve no objections. Sure he missed a couple of safeties and blacks but Ding punished him for mostly everything in this match and it wasn’t enough bc Ron was just better in the end. If Ding was able to punish you 100% for everything over a long format match he would have been a W/C a long time ago or his name would be Judd Trump for a single year. But he is not that. Ron in this form can win this title against everyone here with their current form. Will he do it, who knows, it doesn’t matter. This win was food for soul.

    Btw. on ESP nobody mentioned anything when Ron potted that crucial tuff red to yellow corner, left handed. That was his shot of the year to me. Wonder if the guys over at the BBC acknowledged it.

      • Thanks Monique, nice to hear. Au contraire, instead of noticing shots of the year when it mattered most, here they were quick to jump to conslusion he started missing balls for no apparent reason “like Davis on decline”, suggesting his career is but over (khm Foolds khm).

  5. The match was an exercice of self controling and not frustrating by ronnie. After these sitters on black we could expect the worst… But as i wrote before we must… KEEP FAITH!! No match is granted from now on but we can start believing that he will show up on the one-table setup after so many years… Obviously he must apply on these easy balls otherwise it will be very difficult but i am super happy that he is focused and with a strong will to win. You might lose ronnie but we are proud of your attitude and your talent and we will follow you till the end of this amazing journey!!! Please BELIEVE!!!

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