Ronnie O’Sullivan came through a real test this afternoon against Gary Wilson who pushed him hard to earn his 10-7 win. Ronnie seemed both relieved and elated at the end and after speaking to Hazel came to the assembled press where it’s fair to say his mood changed a bit. His ongoing battle with the powers that be continues to affect his relationship with the press. Judge for yourselves anyway.
April 16, 2017
Every year I get asked this, so this year I’ve managed to bag the exclusive list from World Snooker of each player’s choice of walk on song, fair to say that there are some better than others, some a lot better than others and some that should come with a health warning, I’ll leave you to decide which are in each category.
|Ali Carter||Music sounds better with you||Stardust|
|Anthony McGill||This Charming Man||The Smiths|
|Barry Hawkins||My Love||Kele Le Roc|
|David Grace||Morning Glory||Oasis|
|Ding Junhui||Breaking News||Jordan Chan|
|Fergal O’Brien||Jump Around||House of Pain|
|Gary Wilson||Theme from Local Hero||Mark Knopfler|
|Graeme Dott||Killer||Seal and Adamski|
|Jimmy Robertson||I Wanna Feel||Second City|
|John Higgins||Dignity||Deacon Blue|
|Judd Trump||I Made It||Kevin Rudolf|
|Kyren Wilson||See you later Aligator||Bill Haley|
|Liang Wenbo||Zhong Giou||Liu Dehua|
|Luca Brecel||Earthquake||Tiny Tempah/Labrinth|
|Marco Fu||Superheroes||The Script|
|Mark Allen||Freed from Desire||Gala|
|Martin Gould||Playing the Game||Motorhead|
|Neil Robertson||Heart of Courage||Two Steps From Hell|
|Noppon Saengkham||Light it up||Major Lazer|
|Peter Ebdon||Back in Black||ACDC|
|Ronnie O’Sullivan||Drops of Jupiter||Train|
|Rory McLeod||Jammin||Bob Marley|
|Ryan Day||By the Way||Red Hot Chilli Peppers|
|Stephen Maguire||Here I go again||Whitesnake|
|Stuart Bingham||Song 2||Blur|
|Stuart Carrington||On My Way||Charlie Brown|
|Xiao Guodong||Decendants of Dragon|
|Yan Bingtao||Fireworks||Katie Perry|
|Zhou Yuelong||Hall of Fame||The Script|
It’s day two in Sheffield after comfortable victories last night saw Mark Selby and Stephen Maguire come through unscathed and book their places in the second round. After an unusually early night finish, you can check out what they and their fallen opponents had to say afterwards here.
Last night calls into question the wisdom of the changed format in that for the first time last year we had two matches finishing on the opening night, they got away with it then as Ali Carter and Stuart Bingham went to a decider in front of the entire Crucible crowd and it was quite a night, but last night the risk that day one might end with a whimper rather than a bang materialised.
I’m not sure why the change was made but unless it’s absolutely necessary I’d suggest a rethink, if nothing else for the disappointed punters who to add insult to injury then had to watch and listen to Dennis’s gags for half an hour, to ermm ‘compensate’ for their collective loss. That’s a bit like putting a sorry note in the bonce bucket of the guillotine really.
In the afternoon session yesterday there were spirited fightbacks by Gary Wilson and David Grace and they resume their matches with Ronnie and Kyren Wilson respectively, both playing to a finish.
Both Gary and David I think will have come out of those sessions the happier even though they are behind as it could have been a lot worse, in particular Wilson who produced a superb clearance in the final frame having required a snooker to get within a frame of The Rocket whose hair at the moment makes me think he’s trying to stake a claim for the tours tallest player after clocking the size of Gracey, someone needs to tell him that hair doesn’t count.
We also have the start of four other matches including the eagerly awaited Murphy v Bingtao clash and one I’m really looking forward to between Stuart Bingham and Peter Ebdon (yes yes I know I’m probably in a minority there). Another great day of snooker awaits us at The Crucible.
Couple of novelty type interest bets today on a couple of the starting matches.
Murphy to be leading 3-1 after first four frames 2/1. Marco Fu to lead 5-4 at the end of the session 11/4.
Full tournament preview is here.