Quarter-final spot beckons for ….. ?
Betfred TV’s Matt Hulmes, with the Inside Track
This time next Sunday we will just be a few hours away from crowning the 2020 Betfred World Snooker Champion, but as I sit here writing we are still a few hours from knowing the full quarter final line-up.
The first match-up in the last eight to be decided will see reigning Champion Judd Trump take on five-time quarter finalist Kyren Wilson on Monday morning after The Warrior saw off Martin Gould 13-9.
The Warrior will be fresher than most, having only played the one match, and was comfortably 11-5 ahead overnight before seeing the job out on Sunday afternoon.
Trump meanwhile is still bidding to bury the Crucible Curse, and faces a tough match in his bid to reach the final four against the Kettering potter.
Also winning 13-9 on Sunday afternoon was 2010 World Champion Neil Robertson, who saw off Barry Hawkins to set up a clash against three-time World Champion Mark Selby.
The Jester from Leicester (above) progressed narrowly against Noppon Saengkham in a game with fine margins, and Robertson will be fancying his chances of reaching at least the final four – and achieve his goal of a first final appearance since winning the title a decade ago.
This evening, Kurt Maflin will learn of his opponent once Anthony McGill and Jamie Clarke have finished dancing. The heated exchange that occurred in the tenth frame yesterday will have had twenty-four hours to simmer, and it will be interesting how the players respond tonight.
McGill was in the ascendency, rattling off five frames in a row after the altercation, and trails 8-7 after they failed to finish all eight frames of the second session.
Then finally, the baize will be ablaze tonight as the finely-poised Ding Junhui and Ronnie O’Sullivan clash plays to a conclusion. The pair have shared the sixteen frames played so far, and the winner will play another three-time Champion Mark Williams in the last eight.
It has already been a record-breaking tournament. Lets strap ourselves in and enjoy the final seven days of superlative snooker in Sheffield.