In one sentence, comment on the British Championship "Ding Ao" championship battle! In the first stage, there is a chance to be in an unstable state! In the later stage, there is no longer a chance to be in the state! Ding Junhui is very good, and O'Sullivan is even better!
From last night to the early hours of this morning, many Chinese snooker fans stayed up all night with their mobile phones, and some woke up in the middle of the night with an alarm clock and crawled under the covers to witness the English Championship final between Ding Junhui and O'Sullivan. The final result was that Ding Junhui lost to O'Sullivan 7-10 and lost the title. However, as a real die-hard fan, you should send blessings, applause, and encouragement to Ding Junhui! It's not how bad Ding Junhui is, but O'Sullivan's play is really unconventional. To be honest, Ding Junhui is good and strong enough, and the fans definitely didn't stay up late in vain!
In 2005, 18-year-old Ding Junhui, with fluffy hair and a childish baby face, made a strange Slok trip, broke into the supreme Yorkshire with a wild card, and met in the final with the then rising billiards emperor Hendry.
The English could not have imagined that an 18-year-old Chinese doll would pull the emperor off his horse. 9 to 5! Ding Junhui won the championship for the first time in his career. Later, people said that Yorkshire was Ding Junhui's blessed land.
Four years later, in 2009, the British Snooker Championship came to an end in Telford. China's Ding Junhui defeated John "The Wizard" Higgins 10-8 after falling behind 6-7 to win the British Championship for the second time since 2005. Won his fourth ranking tournament trophy. At the same time, he ended a three-year drought of ranking tournament titles, becoming the seventh player to win the British Championship at least twice, and also becoming the first champion outside the British Isles.
In 2019, after a championship drought that lasted 27 months and a total of 805 days, Ding Junhui finally proved himself again at this British Championships, defeating Maguire 10-6 to win his third British Championship championship and his fourth three-major championship.
This achievement equaled Higgins at the time, only behind O'Sullivan (7), Davies (6) and Stephen Hendry (5), becoming the post-80s player with the most British Championship titles. Ding Junhui's championship drought ended in 805 days, which is only less than the 1,121 days between August 20, 2006 and December 12, 2009.
In 2022, Ding Junhui is here again. In the early morning of November 21, Beijing time, the 2022/2023 Snooker British Championship came to an end, and in the final final, Ding Junhui and Northern Ireland star Allen competed for the championship. At the beginning of the game, Ding Junhui was in a brave state, breaking 100 degrees with three strokes and leading 6-1, but then lost 7 games in a row, and was finally reversed by Allen 7-10, missing the British Championships, and the championship drought continued, achieving Allen's first British Championship championship in his career. Ding Junhui won the runner-up. That is, from this time, although he did not win the championship, Ding Junhui, who disappeared from the hearts of fans, has been resurrected.
On December 4, 2023, Beijing time, the final of the Snooker UK Championship was held at the Barbican Centre in Yorkshire, England. Before this match, there was a lot of controversy about who won and who lost, but in fact, whoever won the championship was a normal result. Because since reaching the top 16, O'Sullivan and Ding Junhui have been very stable, although there are slight fluctuations, but the whole game is normal. Summing up this game, Ding Junhui had the opportunity in the first stage, but he didn't grasp the one-shot victory well, missed two good opportunities, resulting in 1-3 behind, although chasing to 4-4, he did lose a lot of rare opportunities. Ding Junhui was able to win two games in a row when he was 5-7 behind, which was enough to prove his strength, and Ding Junhui had the competitive state of clearing the table with one shot.
If it is tied 7-7, even if Ding Junhui is given a chance to get started in every game, it will be counted as 2, but unfortunately O'Sullivan's fatal long platform is surprisingly accurate, winning with one shot in three consecutive games, and Ding Junhui was not given a chance to get on the phone in the three games. It's not that Ding Junhui is not good enough, but O'Sullivan is even better! Ding Junhui can leave Yorkshire with a smile!
O'Sullivan has won 8 crowns in 25 years, and Ding Junhui has won 3 crowns and 2 runners-up in 18 years. As two generations, cross-generational duels are the charm of snooker. Ding Junhui sent away the generation of the old star Davis in this venue, and also sent away the group of Hendry, and he will definitely send away Higgins, O'Sullivan, Williams and other heroes within five years, after all, they are nearly fifty years old. In the next five to ten years, the 36-year-old Ding Junhui will usher in a more stable and mature age group, and his skills and tactics will be more sophisticated, and the real opponents should be Selby, Trump, Brecel, Mark Allen, Robertson, Murphy, etc.
So far, in the history of the British Championship, Ronnie O'Sully has won the most championships 8 times. Secondly, Steve Davis won the championship 6 times, Hendry, who ranked 3rd, won the championship 5 times, and then Ding Junhui, the first person in Chinese snooker, won the championship three times!
After the British Championships, there have been new changes in the snooker world rankings: O'Sullivan is firmly in the first place, and the 2nd to 11th places are Trump, Brecel, Mark Allen, Selby, Robertson, Murphy, Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson, Higgins and Carter, Ding Junhui jumped from 17th to 12th, surpassing Zhang Anda ranked 13th, and regained the throne of China's first brother. There are two Chinese players among the top 16 players in the world, congratulations!