September 13, 2010

Untangled Captain Flying High

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:29 am

Ali gave his fans the odd fright

It’s been quite a week for Ali Carter. He captured his second ranking title yesterday and moved up to number two in the World Rankings with victory in Shanghai, but it could easily have been very different.

He didn’t do it the easy way, with battles against Big Bananas Dave Harold and Stuart ‘Ball Run’ Bingham before his monumental tussle with front-running king Matthew Stevens. Trailing 4-1 with his back against the ropes Ali dug deep and produced a stunning fightback and one of the best match winning blacks I’ve ever seen to win 5-4 on the final ball. Blog Co-Pilot onestep has tracked down the final stages of that epic match here.

He then went 2-0 down against Mark Selby in the semi-final and looked a bit disinterested. Selby for much of the week looked unstoppable, but again the Captain was just fooling around with us and knuckled down winning six on the spin, with a super break to level at 2-2. I’m not sure anyone has ever done that against Selby.

Then yesterday, against unlikely finalist Jamie Burnett, Ali had to contend with yet another handicap, the dreaded dead arm, a pilot’s nightmare. He told 110 sport:   

“Last night I slept in a strange position and must have been lying on my arm. When I woke up it was completely dead – I had no feel in it so that wasn’t an ideal way to start”.

The position that Ali lay in is as yet unclairifed, however rumour and speculation is rife that he was curled up into a ball shape so tightly that Chinese emergency services were called in to untangle him using specialist ‘untangling’ equipment, just in time for the match. 

Untanglers face a thankless task in China.

The Untangled Captain continued “It was a really tough match and the conditions were difficult. There was a lot of dampness in the air and that had an effect on the way the table played” 

“Jamie has done fantastically well this week to get to the final and he showed that he is a real fighter today”

Congratulations to Ali, though if you check out our old favourite Chinese website at Sina Sports, you’d swear blind that Ding won it.

But it is here and only here that you can relive the week all over again, including such highlights as ‘Five Throw Bags’, ‘Dark Horse Heaven and Earth Rod to Decide Their Fate’, Super Strange Leak Bag Dark Horse’ and the unforgettable ‘Davis Strips’. I’m sure you’ll agree a perfect summary of the week from the host nation.  

I’m waiting on confirmation of the prize for the next Prediction Contest from kind sponsors Betfred. I’m thinking of extending the team to six players for this but will confirm once I’ve heard from them. The Top of the Pots Order of Merit list is now taking shape.

The next competition will be for the World Open which starts on Saturday. A random draw, one table, walk on music and short formats are the name of the game here.

The draw for the event is here. The event is covered by Eurosport and the BBC, with the coverage on the red button looking pretty comprehensive. I’ll be back with details of the Prediction Contest soon.

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