British Championship final preview: Ding Junhui and O'Sullivan compete for the championship, China's first brother may make history!
At 21:00 Beijing time on December 3, 2023, the final of the World Snooker British Championship will officially begin. World No. 1 O'Sullivan will compete for the championship with China's first brother Ding Junhui. 【Click here to book a live broadcast】
O'Sullivan is the biggest winner of the British Championships, he took away seven trophies here, while China's first brother Ding Junhui is the first player born in the 80s to realize his dream of three British Championships.
For the majority of fans, this is not only a strong dialogue, but also a contest between two strong players of different eras, and also a game between two most influential players.
If O'Sullivan wins, he will become the first eight-time British Championship winner. And if Ding Junhui can realize his dream of winning the championship, then he will make history and become the first post-80s British Championship quadruple champion.
Ding Junhui and O'Sullivan will start a strong showdown
In this British Championships, O'Sullivan and Ding Junhui both played very good performances, but Ding Junhui was obviously stronger. O'Sullivan defeated McGill 6-2 in the first round, narrowly defeated Milkins 6-5 in the second round, beat Zhou Yuelong 6-5 in the third round, and successfully entered the final with a 6-2 sweep of Wafei in the semifinals.
Compared with O'Sullivan's British Championship experience, Ding Junhui's British Championship experience is obviously much more difficult. The first brother of China played two rounds of qualifying before advancing to the main competition. He defeated defending champion Mark Allen 6-5 in the first round of the main event, then defeated Tom Ford 6-3 in the second round, beat Mark Williams 6-5 in the third round, and reached the final with a 6-4 victory over Trump in the semifinals.
At this point, O'Sullivan and Ding Junhui will start a strong showdown in the finals, and their performance will be worth looking forward to.
O'Sullivan is still ahead of Ding Junhui in the head-to-head record
Before the start of this British Championship final, Ding Junhui and O'Sullivan have already played each other 31 times, which means that this British Championship final will be the 32nd meeting between the two players in their careers.
In the past 31 meetings, O'Sullivan has a record of 21 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses. In the finals of the regular season, the two players have a total of 5 encounters, and O'Sullivan has a record of 4 wins and 1 loss.
In the tie-break game, the two players played each other a total of 3 times, and O'Sullivan maintained a winning record, including two finals. But in the last two encounters, Ding Junhui was the player who won the game.
From the perspective of competitive form, O'Sullivan's performance is still excellent, but his form has shown an unstable trend. And Ding Junhui is in stable form in this British Championships, and he will have a chance to counterattack the world No. 1 to realize his dream of winning the championship, although O'Sullivan has an advantage.
O'Sullivan will start a record-breaking battle with Ding Junhui
Before the start of this British Championship, O'Sullivan was the favorite to win the championship second only to Trump, but Ding Junhui did not even make it to the top ten of the list of favorites. However, as the competition continued to advance, O'Sullivan and Ding Junhui finally successfully met in the finals and competed for their own glory.
For both players, this final was crucial. O'Sullivan has not won the championship in the ranking tournament for 18 months, while the Chinese brother Ding Junhui has a four-year shortage of ranking tournament titles.
In addition, O'Sullivan will also hit the 40th ranking championship of his career and the eighth crown of the British Championship, while the first brother of China Ding Junhui will hit the 15th crown of the ranking tournament and the fourth crown of the British Championship.
And their pursuit will be to make history, if O'Sullivan can win the championship, he will break his own championship record. And if Ding Junhui can win the championship, then he will become the first person in the post-80s British Championships. At the same time, he will also make his snooker achievements officially surpass Murphy.