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Can Judd Trump Make it 3?

The 2019 Betway UK Championship starts tomorrow in York as Ronnie O’Sullivan defends the 2018 edition he won as Champion. 

Judd Trump

Coming into the event as a hot favourite is the 2019 World Snooker Champion Judd Trump, who will be seeking to put the icing on the cake for 2019 with a win in York to make it three triple crowns in one year.

His first-round match will be an interesting one as he faces the new addition to the tour, the Moroccan player Amine Amiri, whose pro career, like many these days, hasn’t started off well as he lost to Barry Hawkins 4 – 0 in the 2019 English Open.

Unfortunately, Amiri also faces the World Champion in the event after this one, in the Home Nations in Scotland as well.

It will be an interesting event this one, as Ronnie O’Sullivan will be looking to make it 20 majors to cement his crown further as officially the best snooker player on the planet – despite a confident and in-form Judd Trump being the best in the world this year.

Who will fall first in York?

However, remember, there are 126 other players in the event, and it could well be two weeks of shocks, tears and joy for some of the lower-ranking players on the tour at the Barbican.

Other notable draws to keep an eye on in the first round, include:

Mark Selby v Andy Hicks.

The Jester from Leicester last year was knocked out by James Cahill, who then a few months after went and knocked out Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round in Sheffield.

Cahill will face World Championship semi-finalist David Gilbert this time around.

Hicks regained his tour card to be a pro, and can still be a tough starter for anyone.

Mark Allen v Jimmy White: 

Fresh from his Champion of Champion’s appearance against Ronnie, Jimmy White faces last year’s runner-up Mark Allen, and Jimmy’s re-invigorated performance in Coventry may well offer a boost in confidence for York against the Pistol.

Matches are ALL best of 11 until the final, which is the best of 19 and the tournament ends on the Sunday 8th December. 

Two weeks of snooker fever, then four days after, possibly ELECTION DEPRESSION…

 

 

 

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O’Sullivan Rockets to a Record Seventh UK Title

Ronnie O’Sullivan has claimed a seventh UK Championship crown – and now has bagged 19 major titles, bettering the records of Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry. 

The Rocket comfortably eased past Mark Allen in the final 10 – 6, after doing much of the damage in the first session by leading 6 – 2 at the afternoon’s session going into the evening.

The incredible feat puts him on…

  • 7 UK Championship titles
  • 5 World titles (still two away from equalling Hendry’s tally.)
  • 7 Masters titles

The Rocket, now 43, who won the UK title, his first ranking title at the tender age of 17, now has 34 ranking titles to his name – and, is two away from Stephen Hendry’s 36, making him second in the all-time list.

After the win he paraded around the Barbican in York like a jubilant teenager, a far cry from the humbled teenager overwhelmed by the win all those years ago in 1993.

Other soon to come feats from the rejuvenated snooker player, who has been having a spell of good form under coach Stephen Feeney and SightRight, which, he commented earlier on in the week as “an amazing piece of science” include…

  • Breaking the 1000 tons barrier, which could come in 2019, depending on how many events the Rocket plays.

The Rocket said after the UK win he was just enjoying his snooker again and that the coaching of SightRight had refocused him.

He’s already double qualified for the Champion of Champions 2019, after winning a third CofC title back in November at the Ricoh Arena. This is his first ranking title of the 2018/19 season.

Along with the title, he picked up 170K first prize. Mark Allen bagged a modest 70K for his efforts on getting to the final. Allen played some great snooker throughout the tournament even beating Neil Robertson on course from 5 – 4 behind.

Worryingly, O’Sullivan is cleaning up on the snooker circuit, and, unless someone steps up, SnookerZone can see this being the result for a few seasons to come.

His other records include:

  • fastest 147 break in 5 mins 20 seconds
  • 15 maximum breaks

So far, in this 2018/19 campaign, O’Sullivan has earnt just over half a million pounds in prize money! And the season has still plenty of snooker to come!