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The 2022 World Championship

6 May 2022 No Comment

The 2022 World Championship was played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, from April 16 to May 2, 2022.
All Grove players, except Michael Holt and Ali Carter, were involved in the television stages. Mark Selby was the defending Champion.
Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Judd Trump by 18-13 in the final, to win the title, for a record-equalling seventh time.

All detailed results are available on snooker.org

Ding Junhui, who had to qualify, narrowly lost to Kyren Wilson in the last 32 round (10-8).
Mark Selby and Neil Robertson both went out in the lat 16.
Mark was involved in a titanic battle with Yan Bingtao. Frame 22 in that match lasted 84 min 41 sec and was the longest ever frame at the Crucible. Mark eventually lost by 13-10 but, given his recent struggles with mental health was happy to have given a good account of himself and enjoy the battle.
Neil lost in the deciding frame to Jack Lisowski, despite making history. Indeed he made a 147 in frame 19. This was Robertson’s fifth maximum, the 12th at the Crucible, and the 176th in total. Neil’s mother was watching him in the crowd and was absolutely thrilled and very proud.

Judd Trump beat Hossein Vafaei (10-4), Anthony McGill (13-11), Stuart Bingham (13-8), and Mark Williams (17-16) to reach the final.
The semi-final was an epic match. “Willo”, who had probably been the best player in the tournament up to that point had a calamitous first session: he lost it by 7-1. However, he mounted a very serious comeback and even ended up leading 16-15. Judd kept his cool to take the last two frames of what was probably the best match of the season. Ronnie O’Sullivan however had too much for him in the final.

Here are the highlights of the contest, shared by WST on their YouTube Channel:

At the end of the final, Judd and a very emotional Ronnie embraced for a long time.
Judd was extremely gracious in defeat. This is what he had to say:

I tried my best to get back into it, but I left it too late. I gave it my all, I was still in it coming into tonight, but I knew it was going to be tough. I had my chances – my long potting was pretty good, I just was not as fluent as I usually am in among the balls.

“It’s an amazing achievement for him and for snooker, it was only really a matter of time before he got to seven. He has dedicated himself to it for the last 30 years, I will not be surprised if he goes out and beats the record now.

“I am proud because I dug in and gave myself a shot at it. It looked like it was going to be a disappointing tournament at the start, I managed to turn it into a positive one. I made a fight of it against the best player of all time and 18-13 is not a bad scoreline.

(source: WST)

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