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G.O.A.T.
Tough to watch from a Ronnie fan perspective, but it was sublime snooker from Robertson today.

Ronnie has come up against players reaching their absolute peak in recent finals.
 

Sephiroth

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Ronnie's got some hammerings this season, wow

Let's discuss the Crucible draw:

Good thing is Ronnie has a nice run until the Semi Finals for the Worlds

1st Round - Qualifier
2nd Round - McGill
QF - Ding or Maguire

Selby or Higgins could be Ronnie's SF opponent but boy that quarter is the quarter of death:

Higgins could face Williams in R2, Selby in QF
Selby vs Allen in 2nd round is no slouch of a match

Robertson and Trump are in the bottom half
 

Sephiroth

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Higgins is out for me. Same with Selby.

I don't see Higgins beating Williams > Selby > Ronnie in succession. No way despite what happened in the Players Championship. He won't replicate that form over multiple sessions.

Selby isn't beating Allen > Higgins/Williams > Ronnie imo it's more doable than Higgins's line but beating 2 class of 92 players in succession is next to impossible. Allen is gonna make Selby work too. He has a good match-up vs him.

So Ronnie does have a nice route to the final if Ding doesn't catch fire.

Biggest issue will be Robertson/Trump in the final.
 

Sephiroth

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@Poisoned Slice
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I mean, unless something catastrophic happens, Ronnie should really reach the SF then anything goes. By that time he'll be in form while Higgins/Williams/Selby/Allen will be busy killing each other lol

but SFs is a safe bet.
 
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K-H

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@Poisoned Slice
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I mean, unless something catastrophic happens, Ronnie should really reach the SF then anything goes. By that time he'll be in form while Higgins/Williams/Selby/Allen will be busy killing each other lol

but SFs is a safe bet.
I agree. Seems a sf is likely at the least.
Upsets happen all the time at the worlds, so I won't be surprised if neither Robertson or trump make the final on the other side of the draw.
If they do, I don't know if Ronnie still has the game to beat these guys anymore.
If Trump plays as well as he can, I don't see Ronnie getting past him.
 

Poisoned Slice

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Neil Foulds must have been out for a pint with Mark Allen. His tip for the world championship. Yeah, he did say that he was going for an outside the box tip.

I really couldn't tell ya. Boring answer alert. Can never make much out of draws. Match at a time stuff and see what happens. Hope he has his game with him, the right amount of practice so he's sharp and all that.
 

Poisoned Slice

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Better luck next time or just let it be? Or he just needed warmup matches to get it going?
I wouldn't throw the towel in just yet. I listened to his interview after the match, he was being his brutal honest self, but I could see deeper in his face and the upset there. Just made me say awwwwwww. ''If my safety is the best part of my game then it is a nightmare.''
 

Sephiroth

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Ronnie has opened up a shop called the Ronnie O'Sullivan snooker shop and has signed with Rokit as a brand ambassador

also said he's got no plans of retiring

he's gonna play until his mid 50s at least
 

Poisoned Slice

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Ronnie O’Sullivan (1) vs Mark Joyce
Ricky Walden vs Anthony McGill (16)
Ding Junhui (9) vs Stuart Bingham
Jamie Jones vs Stephen Maguire (8)

John Higgins (5) vs Tian Pengfei
Sam Craigie vs Mark Williams (12)
Mark Allen (13) vs Lyu Haotian
Kurt Maflin vs Mark Selby (4)

Neil Robertson (3) vs Liang Wenbo
Ali Carter vs Jack Lisowski (14)
Barry Hawkins (11) vs Matthew Selt
Gary Wilson vs Kyren Wilson (6)

Shaun Murphy (7) vs Mark Davis
Martin Gould vs Yan Bingtao (10)
David Gilbert (15) vs Chris Wakelin
Liam Highfield vs Judd Trump (2)
 

Poisoned Slice

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Ronnie has opened up a shop called the Ronnie O'Sullivan snooker shop and has signed with Rokit as a brand ambassador

also said he's got no plans of retiring

he's gonna play until his mid 50s at least
I'll have to purchase something.

The most wonderful snooker time of the year. Let's go, Ron.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Interesting frame here. Ronnie leading 4-3, only the blue, pink and black left. Ronnie managed to get a great snooker. Feels like a big frame. Ronnie prevails. 5-3.
 

Sephiroth

Hall of Fame
Rubbish quality but I'll take the 6-3 lead for the 1R match. Thing with ROS is as long as he stays in the match and doesn't sabotage a session, he will catch fire eventually
 

Poisoned Slice

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I missed out on the documentary last night. It's on again now.

Rubbish quality but I'll take the 6-3 lead for the 1R match. Thing with ROS is as long as he stays in the match and doesn't sabotage it he will catch fire eventually

frame 8 was the key
The sort of snooker I get opponent in on Snooker 19 and then they will clear up.
 

Sephiroth

Hall of Fame
Ronnie has been burned more times vs Selby than the other way around with big leads, I don't remember Ronnie ever being this salty though, especially after losing 2014 WC from a better position than Selby in 2020 WC

This was the one match Ronnie came from behind vs him in a big match I think

Selby's had more. 2008 Welsh Open, 2010 Masters, 2010 WC, 2014 WC

he shouldn't be complaining
 

Poisoned Slice

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Robertson is still looking on top of his game. Liang is going to be lucky to get out of this match with a
frame.

''Liang had some momentum, six years ago.'' :laughing: :giggle: :laughing:
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
I got a bit ahead of myself. Liang looks to get on the board here. Robbo doing that weird Ronnie thing and coming to the table to pot balls when he needs 5 snookers.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
What's this I've missed? Is the docu on BBC iPlayer?
Eurosport's production, sir. It's called one day at the crucible. It's all about the mad semi-final day from last year. McGill and Wilson are included. I haven't seen it on YouTube yet but I'm sure it will go up there.
 

Poisoned Slice

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Yeah, of course, it is all about the win. Maybe won't be going back to watch highlights of this one in the future, but that doesn't matter as long as he gets through.

7-4. It looked like Ronnie was threatening to get the first century in the previous frame.
 
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