Snookerbacker

October 30, 2013

International Championship Quarter Finals

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:22 pm
Ebdon (Right)

Ebdon (Left)

The Quarter Finals begin and end on Thursday in Chengdu and I am sorry to say that this tournament is largely passing me by. I was looking forward to watching a lot of it but with one thing and another that just hasn’t happened.

It sounds like I missed a cracking match today between Neil Robertson and Peter Ebdon, we’ve seen this sort of thing before with Ebbo, coming into this event he’d have had serious trouble when confronted with a shovel and a bull’s arse but now he seems to be back to his grinding best. He’s done it in two China Opens and who is to say he won’t do it again here and win the tournament? Unlikely as it seems, if you are believer in history repeating itself he is the man to be on. His huge fall down the rankings means he desperately needs to start getting to semi-finals and finals so he has a huge incentive too. As well as a truckload of bananas.

Our favourite vegan crackpot said afterwards, “I tried to play more quickly today and I’ve already had a few messages from people back in the UK saying I look better when I’m getting on with it. I felt as if I was competing. Neither of us played at our best, but that made it exciting for the fans. I enjoyed it and I’m delighted to win. I have been struggling for a while to get back into form. I’ve been working hard on my game and doing a lot of swimming. Last season I had a few back, neck and shoulder problems which stopped me swimming, which made a big difference.” Robbo for what it’s worth predicted an Ebdon win over Ding if he maintains that kind of form, which is some compliment.

Wee Graeme Dott came through a high quality match again Kurt Maflin and proclaimed afterwards “It’s probably one of the best matches I’ve been involved in, it was really high quality. I didn’t do much wrong from 5-3 to 5-5, he made two great clearances. I thought I had lost when Kurt was among the balls in the last frame because he was playing so well. I’ve been cueing really well this week and I’m looking forward to playing anyone.” Fighting talk from the Highland Terrier.

In the other matches in this session Mark Allen was beaten by Joe Perry whose good start to the season continued, while Marco Fu put an end to the run of Childcard.

In the second session Ding came through safely in what looked like a scrappy match with Matthew Stevens, he’s through to play Ebbo now and said “I have played many matches against Peter Ebdon before and I know his rhythm in practice, it’s not slow. He just treats each shot very carefully in competition and all I can do is to perform my own game.” Press room staff were seen later crying with laughter at Ding’s little joke about Ebdon not being slow, ever the comic, good old Ding had them rolling in the aisles with that one, he even said it with a straight face. Genius.

The Jester from Leicester Mark Selby is also through, hammering Stuart Bingham, Selby who tends to raise his game when the money gets bigger said “I scored well and blocked Stuart out, it’s a big tournament and everyone wants to do well. Everyone left in the tournament is well capable of winning.”

The Quarter Final line up is completed by Ryan Day who is feeling quite at home in Chengdu, I’m sure that has nothing whatsoever to do with the number of pandas that are there and anyone who says it is will have me to answer to, he knocked out The Ferginator and Liang Wenbo who drew confidence from his defeat of O’Sullivan knocked out Dark Mavis.

Bettingwise, the great recent run looks set to come to an end, unless the final recommended bet below comes in. If Ebdon can follow on from today and beat Ding, there is no reason at all why he won’t win it, so that price at Ladbrokes for me is just too tempting to pass up.

Recommended Bet: 2 points on Ebdon for the title at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.

6.30am

Ryan Day v Joe Perry
Marco Fu v Mark Selby

11.30am

Peter Ebdon v Ding Junhui
Graeme Dott v Liang Wenbo

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