The first "Ding Olympics" in the British Championships O'Sullivan: I regard Ding Junhui as the "godfather" of Chinese snooker
Cover News Reporter Chen Yuxiao
On December 4, the final of the British Snooker Championship ended in Yorkshire, England, and the three-time champion Ding Junhui lost to the local "rocket" O'Sullivan and missed the fourth championship of the individual British Championship. This is also the second year that Ding Junhui has won the runner-up in the British Championships for 2 consecutive years. O'Sullivan won the 8th championship of the British Championship through this victory, and this is also O'Sullivan's 40th ranking championship.
In this year's British Championships, Ding Junhui's performance was good enough, starting from the qualifying round, beating Mark Allen, Mark Williams and Trump and other good players all the way, and advanced to the final of the British Championship for the fifth time. He has won the title three times before, and this is the second year in a row that he has reached the final of the British Championship through qualifying. The final ushered in the first "Ding Olympics" in the history of the British Championships.
The two sides played out 4-4 in the first stage of the final. In the second half of the finals, O'Sullivan scored 84 points in a single stroke, and then Ding Junhui returned 56 points in a single stroke in the 10th game, and the two sides fought 5-5. O'Sullivan scored 87 and 79 points in a single stroke in the 11th and 12th innings, leading Ding Junhui 7-5, and Ding Junhui then won 2 consecutive games to make the score 7-7. O'Sullivan scored 100 points and 74 points in a single stroke, leading 9-7 and taking the lead to get the match point. In the last game, Ding Junhui gave O'Sullivan a chance after making a mistake in solving the ball, and O'Sullivan ended the game.
With the 7-10 defeat to O'Sullivan, Ding Junhui won the runner-up in the British Championship for 2 consecutive years. O'Sullivan has won 8 titles in 9 British Championship finals. O'Sullivan said in an interview after the game that Ding Junhui played very well, and the cue ball was very well controlled, "When I first played with Ding Junhui, he was a boy, and now he is a man and a father", he said, "I regard Ding as the godfather of Chinese snooker, because he paved the way for other players and made them believe that they can come here and play well, so Ding Junhui is a huge inspiration for all snooker players, and I am also a super fan of Ding Junhui."