On December 3, Beijing time, the semifinals of the 2023 Snooker British Championship continued, and there were three British Championship champions in the top four, including O'Sullivan 7 crowns, Ding Junhui 3 crowns, and Trump 1 crown.
O'Sullivan 6-2 Wafai
The record of the two came to 4-1, O'Sullivan won two consecutive victories, and Wafei's only win was a 5-0 sweep of O'Sullivan in the German Masters qualifying round, but that time the rocket actually kicked off and exploded the ball pile! Then Wafei followed suit in this year's World Championships, was beaten 3-13, and stopped in the round of 16, which is still the best result in the Wafei World Championships.
In this matchup, the first four rounds were 2-2, each of them had a single shot to break 100 and one to win, all of them were clean sheets, O'Sullivan played 6 single strokes 50+, and Wafei only had one single stroke 50+, perhaps O'Sullivan's aura was too strong, and Wafei made many bizarre mistakes in the game and missed the opportunity to win, compared with the previous two rounds of 6 single-stroke 100, which is not the same.
Trump VS Ding Junhui
In the 1/4 finals, Trump beat Selby 6-3, scored 100 points in a single stroke in the first game, and won with one shot to achieve a clean sheet, which is also the only time in the whole game that he broke 100 with a single stroke! This is his 50th stroke to break 100 this season, and before the season is halfway through, he has surpassed the 45 and 48 strokes in the previous two seasons. This is also the 951st shot of his career to break 100, and he continues to follow Higgins's 965 stroke! Selby missed the achievement of three Grand Slams, and Trump ushered in the 1000th victory of his career! After Higgins, Williams, O'Sullivan and Selby, the fifth player to achieve this achievement!
After advancing to the semi-finals, Trump said in an interview: "It's great to be in the semifinals again, it's already been a brilliant season, but unless you can prove yourself in these really big events, it's easy to be forgotten." You want to perform on the big stage as much as possible, and it's great to do that in some other competitions, but a lot of people just tune in to these competitions and don't watch the others. So it's nice to be able to make it to the semi-finals and prove myself again. As the winner of 26 ranking tournaments, leading the post-80s! This season's back-to-back three consecutive championships are the fifth and fastest player in history to achieve this achievement, but in the official player interview on "who is the best in history", no one mentions Trump, and Selby is mentioned many times because he has four world championships!
In the 1/4 finals, Ding Junhui defeated the double-circle Grand Slam winner Mark Williams 6-5, one of which took more than 1 hour, Ding Junhui's final defensive mistake was 94-101 and at the same time set a new single-game scoring record, fortunately, he won two games in a row after falling behind 4-5, and played 80+ single-stroke in a row, and won the decisive game with a single stroke. After missing the Masters for two consecutive years in 2022 and 2023, Ding Junhui said, "I am very happy to be qualified for the tournament and hope to participate in this kind of tournament more." ”
Ding Junhui vs. Trump, world No. 13 vs. No. 2, post-80s showdown, and the showdown between the two three-major four-time champions! This is the first time the two have met in nearly three years. has met 17 times before, Ding Junhui has 8 wins and 9 losses, and the most recent meeting was in the 1/4 finals of the 2021 Snooker German Masters, where Ding Junhui lost 3-5.
In this duel, in the first game, Ding Junhui scored 60 points with a single stroke to take the lead, Trump scored 50 points with a single stroke to get back a city, and the next two sides fought with one win and one loss, fighting to 2-2, in the fifth game, Trump scored 124 points with a single stroke, and won with one shot to achieve a clean sheet. In the 6th game, Trump only scored 1 point, and Ding Junhui won many times. In the 7th game, Ding Junhui scored 117 points with a single stroke to win the game and achieve a single-game reversal. In the 8th game, Trump scored 105 points with a single stroke and fought to 4-4. In the 9th game, Ding Junhui took the lead and stopped 34 points, and Trump twice relied on the accuracy of the long platform to get started, which is also the characteristic of his game, and the long platform was accurate! Fortunately, there was no possibility of cohesion, Ding Junhui once again played a single stroke of 88 points to clear the table and win, 5-4 to take the lead in getting the game point! In the 10th game, Ding Junhui took the lead but did not have the possibility of cohesion, and in the defensive hold, Trump won the upper hand but stopped 34 points, Ding Junhui played a single stroke 80+ to clear to the last black ball to win, 6-4 to advance to the finals.
Ding Junhui has reached the finals as a qualifier for two consecutive seasons, which is unique!
Sunday, December 3: [The following is the final, 10 wins in 19 games]
21:00 Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ding Junhui/Judd Trump (8 rounds)
3:00 the next day, Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Ding Junhui/Judd Trump (to decide the champion)
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