September 21, 2013

Shanghai Masters Final: It’s a Chinese Thing

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 4:39 pm

It’s been a long time coming but Sunday sees the first ever all-Chinese ranking final as the master Ding Junhui takes on the apprentice Xiao Guodong over 19 frames.

No doubt we shall again be told that this is something that will be standard practice in a few years time as the phrase Chinese Snooker Revolution/Takeover etc. is wheeled out. Now you can call me a weathered old cynic but this is just something I can’t see happening any time soon. For all the decent players that have come out of China, Ding is still by far and away the only one capable of winning the World Championship and competing with the real big hitters of the game. Despite the globalisation of the sport, the evidence is still that the vast majority of top players are coming from the UK, with Ding and Robbo really the only exceptions.

But that’s to take nothing away from Xiao, who has beaten good players to get here and performed at the very top of his game on the big stage, so good luck to him.┬áNot too much good luck you understand as the 14/1 recommended bet on Ding to win this and break his Chinese torture will see us come out of the week again in decent profit, continuing the strong recent run of betting.

I won’t be having a bet on the final, but like most people I would expect Ding to win with a bit to spare, possibly 10-6.


Ding Junhui v Xiao Guodong

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