28.10.11

DING V O'SULLIVAN TO LAUNCH MASTERS

The Masters will start in mouth-watering fashion in January with defending champion Ding Junhui facing four times champion Ronnie O’Sullivan at the tournament’s new home, Alexandra Palace.

The pair famously met in the final at Wembley Arena in 2007, where O’Sullivan’s superb performance delivered a severe mental blow to Ding’s confidence.

But that was all forgotten last season as he became the first non-British player for 25 years to win the game’s most prestigious invitation title.

His 10-4 victory over Marco Fu in the all Asian final brought the curtain down on the Wembley era of the Masters. The Ally Pally is a bigger venue and, crucially, the event remains in London.

Other interesting first round matches include Neil Robertson v Mark Allen, John Higgins v Matthew Stevens and Shaun Murphy v Martin Gould, the only debutant this year.

I hope the Masters is never made into a ranking event. Its prestige comes from the fact that it is purely for the elite top 16, a reward for being the best players in the world, and long may that continue.

MASTERS DRAW
Ding Junhui v Ronnie O’Sullivan
Judd Trump v Stuart Bingham
Neil Robertson v Mark Allen
Mark Williams v Stephen Maguire
Mark Selby v Stephen Lee
Shaun Murphy v Martin Gould
Ali Carter v Graeme Dott
John Higgins v Matthew Stevens

31 comments:

147 said...

wow what an opener thats going to be

Anonymous said...

No wildcards? Why not?

Dave H said...

The winner of the UK Championship will receive one if they're not a top 16 player

Anonymous said...

and be placed where in the draw dave?


also, does the winner of ding and the spotlight kid play the winner of the trump match?

Dave H said...

I presume any wildcard would have to play the 16th seed, which is Martin Gould

Anonymous said...

The Masters has always produced more high class finals than any other event, even the world championship. From 1989-1996 Hendry defined this tournament. 1997 gave us the immensely satisfying pretender against the old master, and 1998 was one of the most exciting finals I have ever seen. A couple of close finals in 1999/2000, and then came the thrilling Paul Hunter years. 2006 gave us possibly the highest quality final ever played, while 2005 and 2007 produced virtuoso performances. The last few finals haven't been particularly memorable (and 2009 was painfully slow), but the Masters has been the circuit's showpiece event for the best part of twenty years. Hopefully it will produce another classic final in the not too distant future...

Anonymous said...

ty dave, just doesnt make sense, cos then theres an extra match and the schedule would change?

Anonymous said...

anyone got a list of finalists and winners over the years?

Anonymous said...

No wildcards needed because at one dark point in snookers history the rankings moved so slowly it was like Usain Bolt attempting to run through industrial treacle to make an impression on the lazy and/or obese fat cats at the top of the tree.
This was endorsed by their managers who took proxy votes from top 32 or top 64 players latterly who wanted nothing to change ranking wise to endorse their own sponsorship deals and line their own pockets to the detriment of the game.
These days the rankings move fluidly both up and down to reflect rankings which means that wildcards are passe and unrequired unless someone wants to take the game back tio the dim and distant past.
Hope this helps to understand the histroy of the game to both 5.46pm and 7.32pm.

JAMIE O'REILLY said...

Hi David. A repeat of the infamous 2007 Masters Final. Should be great. I'll be watching. We have got the U.K. Championship before that. I can not wait.

Anonymous said...

It's about time some snooker was on the bastard telly!

Mat Wilson

Betty Logan said...

@737

http://www.snookerscene.co.uk/page.php?id=60

Anonymous said...

winner in bold

Ding Junhui v Ronnie O’Sullivan
Judd Trump v Stuart Bingham
Neil Robertson v Mark Allen
Mark Williams v Stephen Maguire
Mark Selby v Stephen Lee
Shaun Murphy v Martin Gould
Ali Carter v Graeme Dott
John Higgins v Matthew Stevens

wild said...

It's about time some snooker was on the bastard telly!
____________________________________

so far this season theres been 8 tournaments on the bastard telly.

all snooker fans should invest in eurosport.

Anonymous said...

ta betsy

so, by that, hendry during a 10 year period played in 8/10 of the master finals, winning 6/8 of them and losing the other 2 in deciders?

Anonymous said...

Not all of us can invest in Eurosport.

Anonymous said...

It's my understanding (please correct me if I am wrong) that in order to invest in Eurosport one has to sign up to packages of rubbish programmes that would never be watched!
As an OAP I could not afford or justify that.

wild said...

well its there snooker on the TV.

id like the BBC to show more and ITV to get involved more apart from that Power plonker thing.

but the reality is snooker is on TV More than ever before.

Anonymous said...

Theres never been as much televised snooker as there is now. You will still get people who expect everything handed to them for free.

Johan said...

Eurosportplayer only costs 39.90€: http://www.eurosportplayer.com/subscription.shtml...
Very good quality and you can watch other sports as well :-)

Seifer Almasy said...

Are you sure these draws aren't fixed? In any case, when are we going to see proper tennis draws and seedings, as opposed to jumbled mess with 1 half of the draw loaded?

Betty Logan said...

Meanwhile, Ronnies issues rape apology:

http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~2497187,00.html

I don't know about other snooker fans, but I'd rather he apologised for not putting in the effort when people have paid good money to watch him play, but World Snooker doesn't seem that bothered about the casual fraud he perpetrates in this regard. As for the rape comment, obviously playing in a PTC for 10k is not like being raped so it was a pointless an analogy, but I don't really like seeing someone strong-armed into apologising for voicing an opinion. No point having freedom of speech if we are going to make people apologise for every silly/offensive comment they make, it's just another type of censorship.

Dave H said...

Good job he didn't use the phrase 'pink army'

Seifer Almasy said...

I am getting offended by political correctness... can I have an apology?

Colin M said...

The Snooker Scene website's record of the 1997 Masters isn't correct (Steve Davis won it!).


http://www.snookerscene.co.uk/page.php?id=60


Wikipedia link for the tournament:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_Masters_(snooker)

Colin M said...

I fancy Ding to avenge the 2007 drubbing this year....

Anonymous said...

Dott is the man to beat he hit 20 147's in a row down my club in Glasgow, he's a bald genius !!!!

Anonymous said...

heres a question if the BBC Asked the question of snooker fans or sport fans we will increase our sporting portfolio for a extra £50 a year license how many would agree ?

i would you get nothing in this world for free.

Betty Logan said...

If people don't enjoy sitting at their computer monitor for hours watching online snooker there is possible another alternative now. You could sign up for the internet Eurosport player or the World Snooker equivalent and use a set-top box to stream it to your TV:

The "Boxee Box" claims to stream anything you can watch in your browser to your TV:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/D-Link-Boxee-Digital-Media-Player/dp/B0043EV3MS

So in theory, if you watch live snooker on your PC you should be able to watch it on your TV with that box. At £180 it's no walk in the park, but I don't know how good the picture quality will be blown up to full TV size, but I think this could be the way forward for people who want to watch snooker on TV but don't want a Sky/Virgin package. Since there seems to be limitless snooker online these days, in theory that box would make it limitless on your TV too. Obviously it's expensive, but at least it's not an ongoing financial commitment.

Anonymous said...

All you need to do is run a cable from your PC to your TV and and you can watch anything online on your TV.

Anonymous said...

To be honest I don't know why they don't just put proper internet in TV now. There's more to watch on the web than there is on broadcast stations so why not just make it easy for people? People shouldn't have to run cables from their computers or buy a box.