It’s the bank holiday weekend and as the snooker season reaches its thrilling climax with the sports premier competition, fans across the globe will be settling down to watch these gladiators of the green baize fight it out for the crown and the title of World Champion.
Battle grounds laid
The first day’s battles have now been completed and as you read this the plots and story lines will be ever-changing as we head into the second day of the semi finals. Who will take charge of proceedings? Stake their claim on a place in Sunday’s final? After yesterday’s sessions you’d be hard pushed to not back Ding Junhui after his tantalising display yesterday afternoon. The silent assassin, seemingly potting balls for fun. Not much gladiatorial action in that one, to date! In the other match its a much closer affair as Mark Selby leads Marco Fu 5-3 after their first session. All to play for as that battle continues this afternoon.
Ding for the title?
So who to back? Well after that first session you’ve got to look at Ding, four centuries from six frames is certainly impressive. This young gladiator from China is more a snooker robot at the moment, intent on claiming his first crown. As it stands he’s 1/25 to win, so perhaps its best to look at whether Alan McManus can claw his way back. You’ll get 33/1 on him winning the tournament. Well he can’t play as badly today, can he? Snooker has a funny way of biting back and a good nights sleep will surely help “Angles McManus?” Mark Selby although World No1 has not really hit the heights; just yet. And with a tighter tussle than the other match its touch and go whether he or Marco Fu will make the final. So perhaps it worth a wait to see how their second session progresses.
And the final two will be?
So who will be crowned Snooker World Champion? It’s hard to look beyond Ding as he has been so dominant in the past few days. Pressure can get to him. Remember The Masters final against Ronnie O’Sullivan a few years back? A seated Ding in total despair. Although I can’t see that happening the weight of his expectant fans in China will surely come into play at some point? So if Mark Selby gets through his match and with his experience you’d have to think he will take his second crown.
Snooker though is a funny old game!