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    Williams not past his Sel-by date: Snooker 2018-19

    Doesn't time fly? We're into the Shanghai Masters semi finals already. World Champion Mark Williams followed up his Crucible win by winning one of the first events this season, the World Open as the draw seemed to open up nicely for him. But in Shanghai, Hawkins, who lost that epic world championship semi final to Williams, got some measure of revenge today by winning the Shanghai quarter final 6-4.

    O'Sullivan beat Bingham 6-2, and he plays Kyren Wilson (who looks in great form himself in the early events) in the semi final after Wilson beat Ryan Day 6-5. And in the other semi Barry Hawkins will take on Ding - with the home favourite knocking out Selby 6-5.

    All live on Eurosport, though you can also find these matches on YouTube. And I'm not sure of the timing/scheduling of the remaining three matches either.

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    The evening sessions are free to air on Quest as well, though not seen any of it myself. The semis are two session matches (think they're best of 19s - ooh!), Ronnie v Kyren Wilson today, Ding v Hawkins tomorrow. Final is on Sunday - best of 21 I think. Wilson is 2-1 up at present and they've taken an early interval because of a problem with a cushion.

    Season is in a fairly embryonic stage though we've now reached the point where the calendar starts to fill up and there's an awful lot of snooker to be played between now and Christmas. Wilson is the form man having won the Paul Hunter Classic and the six red thingy, feels like he's on the brink of a big win. Ronnie hasn't played this season prior to this event and he hasn't entered the next couple of ranking events either (or the Indian Open which was postponed to the spring after flooding in the area). Presume he'll rock up at the English Open next month given that he'll likely be there anyway for Eurosport.

    One thing of interest to look out for is a change at the top of the world rankings. Selby has been there since February 2015 but has a hell of a lot of points to defend in the coming tournaments. On provisional rankings Williams is poised to claim the top spot after the UK in December. You'd have got long odds on that happening a couple of years ago.

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    Back on ES now I think, Ronnie has made it 2-2.

    Yeah, it feels good to have Williams back at the top of the game. Probably because it makes me feel less old. And Wilson taking a Triple Crown event feels like it should happen this season, to keep things fresh.

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    Blunder from Wilson in the 9th, set to go 5-4 Ronnie rather than the other way round here.

    Edit - which it is, at the end of the session. Final session coverage starts at 12:30 and they said this will be on Quest as well as ES.
    Last edited by Kevin S; 14-09-2018 at 10:05.

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    Very good game this, 6-6 now, 10 needed to reach the final.

    Now 7-6 to Ronnie after a he took a dramatic 13th frame by one point.
    Last edited by Kevin S; 14-09-2018 at 13:39.

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    Watched the last three frames over a late lunch, from what I saw Ronnie was rather workmanlike in completing a 10-6 victory.

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    Ronnie 3-3 Hawkins in the final at the moment.

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    O'Sullivan takes the Shanghai Masters and the 200k prize money after an 11-9 win over Hawkins. The winning break was exhibition stuff, at the end he was ready to take his shots on the reds before the referee had replaced the colour. Here it is:


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    Still one of the best sights in sport, Ronnie O'Sullivan producing a break like that – and I watched in 2x speed for extra fun. The way he breaks the remaining pack of reds off the green at 55-0 is exemplary, and the speed of the shots is of course still fantastic. And to do it at 10-9 in a first-to-11 ranking final is quite something.

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