The 2020 UK Championship – Last 128 – Day 3

It was a quite extraordinary day at the 2020 UK championship yesterday:

  • Stuart Bingham made a maximum break,  his seventh and the second of the tournament already, after Kyren Wilson made one on Tuesday.
  • Jimmy White played his 100th match at the UK Championship AND won it, beating Alan McManus by 6-4.
  • Ronnie whitewashed Leo Fernandez in just over an hour, playing quite well
  • We are yet to lose a top 16 player, after three days all those who played their matches went through.

Here is the report by WST, minus Ronnie’s match:

Stuart Bingham booked his place in the second round with an emphatic 6-2 win over Zak Surety.

In the process, 2015 World Champion Bingham fired in the seventh 147 break of his career. Only John Higgins, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan have made more maximums than the Basildon cueman.

It’s the second 147 break of the event so far, after Kyren Wilson crafted a perfect run yesterday. Bingham is now in line to take a £7,500 share of the £15,000 high break prize, along with Wilson.

“I felt something was in the air, even before the first red,” said Masters champion Bingham. “My aim is to get to ten before the end of my career. To be fourth on the list, among those sorts of players is special. I’ve always backed myself as a break builder. If you count the ones I should have made, I could be on 20. I suppose that is the same for everyone.”

Jimmy White was victorious in his 100th match at the UK Championship, beating Alan McManus in a 6-4 thriller.

White, who was UK Champion in 1992, wrapped up victory with a fantastic clearance of 66, which saw him steal the tenth frame on the black. The Whirlwind now faces China’s Zhou Yuelong in the last 64.

White said: “I was thinking about it all day. I wanted to win my 100th match in the UK Championship. It was a big match for me all round. It is a great milestone and I’m very proud of that.”

Jimmy White was victorious in his 100th match at the UK Championship, beating Alan McManus in a 6-4 thriller.

White, who was UK Champion in 1992, wrapped up victory with a fantastic clearance of 66, which saw him steal the tenth frame on the black. The Whirlwind now faces China’s Zhou Yuelong in the last 64.

White said: “I was thinking about it all day. I wanted to win my 100th match in the UK Championship. It was a big match for me all round. It is a great milestone and I’m very proud of that.”

World number three Neil Robertson stormed to a 6-0 defeat of Frenchman Brian Ochoiski to book his second round slot. The Thunder from Down Under, who is a two-time UK Champion, will now face Chris Wakelin.

Ali Carter’s hopes of Masters qualification were ended after a 6-4 loss to Ashley Carty, while Joe Perry whitewashed Alex Borg 6-0 to keep his hopes of clinching a Masters spot alive.

Here is Stuart Bingham’s 147

You will find the report on Ronnie’s blitz win here.

The defending Champion, Ding amd the World number one, Judd Trump will be in action today.

Speaking to Eurosport, Ronnie explained why he believes that Judd Trum biggest challenges will come from the younger ones trying to emulate him, rather than from him or his generation of players.

UK CHAMPIONSHIP SNOOKER: RONNIE O’SULLIVAN: ‘JUDD TRUMP’S TOUGHEST BATTLES WON’T BE AGAINST ME’

Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan could collide in the semi-finals of this year’s UK Championship on December 5 in Milton Keynes. Snooker’s leading two players are seeded to meet in another showpiece match only days after Trump edged out O’Sullivan 9-7 to lift the Northern Ireland Open. Despite his stunning run of ranking event wins, the world champion feels Trump’s biggest challenges lie ahead. Ronnie and Judd Handshake

BY DESMOND KANE

Ronnie O’Sullivan is adamant that Judd Trump’s bid to dominate snooker won’t be decided on how he fares against this generation of green baize icons.

Trump reaffirmed his status as the sport’s undisputed world number one with his third straight 9-7 win over O’Sullivan in an absorbing final of the Northern Ireland Open on Sunday having edged out the world champion by the same scoreline over the previous two years to lift the Alex Higgins trophy.

He starts as 3/1 favourite ahead of O’Sullivan at 7/2 to claim a second UK Championship having become the first man since seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry in the 1990s – who won a treble of UK titles between 1994 and 1996 – to triumph in the same ranking tournament for a third straight year.

O’Sullivan begins his campaign for an eighth UK title in the first round against Ireland’s Leo Fernandez at 7pm (GMT) over the best of 11 frames on Wednesday night with 2011 winner Trump meeting Paul Davison in his tournament opener on Thursday evening. The game’s top ranked players are seeded to collide in the semi-finals.

Trump has carried off on an astonishing 11th ranking events and the Masters in the past two years having also started this season by winning the English Open with a 9-8 win over world number Neil Robertson in an epic final that produced four centuries and ten breaks over 50.

“I think Judd’s head and shoulders above everybody else out there,” O’Sullivan told Eurosport. “He’s dominating. Maybe you could throw Neil Robertson into the mix with that one.

“(Three-times world champion) Mark Selby if he’s finding his top game. Outside of that, there isn’t anybody really able to compete with him.”

The 31-year-old Bristolian has moved 14-13 clear of O’Sullivan on their career head-to-heads having recently commented that only the six-times world champion and four-times Crucible winner John Higgins can topple him at his very best. Higgins is 22-18 ahead of Trump in their head-to-head meetings.

“In my eyes, there are two people that could beat me at my best,” Trump told Eurosport. “And that’s Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins. I’ve played them both, I’ve played John and played amazing before and still lost in deciders.

I’ve played Ronnie and played well and lost, and against all the other players I normally win comfortably. Those two for me, at their best, are leagues above anyone else in the world.”

O’Sullivan – who powered to an 18-8 win against Kyren Wilson in the delayed World Championship final in August – is the most prolific ranking event winner in history with 37, but Trump has moved up to sixth spot on 19 victories, three behind Mark Williams’ career haul of 22.

O’Sullivan feels Trump’s biggest challenge will be extending his superiority beyond this generation as he looks to emulate snooker’s greatest player of all time, who has lifted six world titles over three decades and is still at the summit of the sport 27 years after winning his first UK title at the age of 17 in 1993.

“Judd’s nearest rivals are going to be the people younger than him because they are going to be excited about playing him and they have no fear,” commented O’Sullivan. “They want to be the next Judd Trump.

“That’s where his hardest battles will lie, not with people like me, Higgins, Williams, Robertson or Selby. The hardest matches are when they are looking up to you.

“Me and John have been around for a long time, but we’re certainly nowhere near the players we used to be when we were in our early 30s.”

That’s how it should be indeed … the problem is that, right now, I can see nobody his age or younger able to challenge Judd, and nobody near to Ronnie’s, John Higgins’, Neil Robertson’s or Mark Selby’s level either. Maybe Kyren Wilson?  He needs to improve though, he’s not quite at that level yet.

Ronnie is about 7 years younger than Stephen Hendry, and 14 years younger than Jimmy White. He’s also about 7 years older than Mark Selby/Neil Robertson and 14 years older than Judd Trump. That’s the generation pattern. Who around the age of 24 do you see challenging Judd? Me, currently, no one.

3 thoughts on “The 2020 UK Championship – Last 128 – Day 3

  1. Well, Mark Allen didn’t do badly in the Champion of Champions, but of course he wasn’t actually a Champion!?

    Sometimes a great player can emerge suddenly. Steve Davis turned professional in 1979, and Ronnie himself was UK Champion in his second season. It would be great if something like that were to happen now, as the younger generation need someone to give them hope, at least…

  2. During all those years where Trump was obscured by whatever it was, I thought these players would dominate the future (obviously, they didn’t or haven’t yet)
    a) Ding Junhui. It would be a shame for him to finish his career without a single WSC.
    b) Luca Brecel. All those Youtube videos did get me very excited for a while. But as he struggled, I realized how tough the professional circuit really is.
    c) Michael White. I have no idea what happened to him these days.

    Besides Yan Bingtao, who is had already a title, I guess it would be Zhao Xintong. Unfortunately they seem to be way behind Judd at the moment.

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