The Semi Spat

The debate is revisited nearly every year and once again chatter among journalists and bloggers, players and fans has resorted back to the format of the World Championship semi-finals. Many have their own personal view and a lot of these have been shared on other blogs, Twitter and Facebook over[Read More…]

Superb O’Sullivan into Semis

Ronnie O’Sullivan produced some scintillating snooker to see off Neil Robertson and reach the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time since 2008. Of course, that year the ‘Rocket’ went on to claim his third title against Ali Carter and he is arguably in his best form since[Read More…]

Hearn Announces Asian PTCs

Barry Hearn made a wave of announcements for the second week in a row after another exciting press conference at the World Championship in Sheffield today. Last week, the European market was discussed as well as alterations made to the format of the Welsh Open and German Masters – not[Read More…]

Maguire Ends Hendry Career

Stephen Maguire demolished countryman Stephen Hendry 13-2 to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship in Sheffield for the second time. But the breaking news on day 11 of this year’s tournament is that King of the Crucible Stephen Hendry has officially announced his retirement from professional snooker. The Scot[Read More…]

Ronnie and Judd Move into Gear

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump both began to produce the goods today, taking control of their respective last 16 clashes in Sheffield. O’Sullivan was nearing his imperious best at times against old foe Mark Williams and, having held a 5-3 advantage overnight, quickly rattled off a further six frames on[Read More…]

Hendry Ousts Hapless Higgins

Stephen Hendry wasted little time in completing his demolition job on defending champion John Higgins to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the 19th time. Hendry won seven of the eight frames in last night’s second session – one in which Higgins arguably played the worst snooker of[Read More…]

Robertson Rampant, Hell for Higgins

Neil Robertson became the first player to book his place in the quarter-finals of the World Championship after a hard-fought 13-9 victory over David Gilbert. The players resumed this morning at 5-3 in favour of the Australian and Gilbert missed a huge chance to get back on level terms at[Read More…]

World Championship Podcast #2

Today, CrossGuns’ Fin Ruane and I met up for a mid-tournament World Championship special. After a fascinating opening week in Sheffield, we discuss the Mark Allen affair, the return to form of Stephen Hendry, all the shocks, and what’s in store for the rest of an already classic event. To[Read More…]

World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the World Grand Prix – won by Ronnie O’Sullivan.

1. Mark Selby
2. Judd Trump
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Kyren Wilson
6. John Higgins
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Mark Williams
9. Zhao Xintong
10. Barry Hawkins
11. Stephen Maguire
12. Stuart Bingham
13. Mark Allen
14. Anthony McGill
15. Yan Bingtao
16. Luca Brecel

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