Ronnie O'Sullivan (@1.22) vs Kyren Wilson (@4.0)

Our Prediction:

Ronnie O'Sullivan will win

Ronnie O'Sullivan – Kyren Wilson Match Prediction | 12-09-2019 02:00

The pair has met only once before, back in 2015 when the Dude pipped Carter in a decider at the International Championship and it could very well be that close again here. Undoubtedly one of the matches of the round, twice former runner-up Ali Carters reward for emerging from the qualifiers is a date with fellow Englishman Jack Lisowski. Still, this affair is practically a flip of a coin. Along with the experienced Perry and Dott, Carter is probably the player most of the seeds wanted to avoid. Whether hes been suitably tested or not could be an interesting factor. Lisowski has come a long way since his 13-1 humiliation at the hands of John Higgins in the second round last year, reaching two ranking event finals and breaking into the elite top 16 for the first time in his career. One possible bone of contention is that, while Carter ought to be warmed up nicely following three routine wins in qualifying, the Captain didnt actually play anyone higher in the rankings than Jimmy White at number 78.

From ten prior encounters with one another, Perry possesses the advantage with six wins to his name. Joe Perry, with his immense experience, was in many peoples eyes the most difficult qualifier to get. It has taken David Gilbert 17 years as a professional to break into the top 16 but he picked a good time of the year to achieve it, guaranteeing an automatic World Championship spot for the first time. Gilbert has been the better player overall this season, highlighted by his runs to the finals of both the World Open and German Masters. But Perry is more familiar with the Crucible surroundings and, even as the qualifier, is arguably the marginal favourite for this one. Perry, who beat defending champion Mark Selby in the first round as a qualifier in 2018, is now match sharp and relatively fresh after losing only five frames in the preliminaries at the English Institute of Sport. The Englishman probably would have been hoping that achievement resulted in an easier opening path but it hasnt really transpired in that fashion.

To some critics out there, the Chinese players are often unfairly being labeled as failures and underachievers, which is somewhat hilarious considering the majority of them are either teenagers or in their early twenties. Still, while Zhou should represent a decent workout for Allen, its hard to look past the 33 year-old in terms of reaching the last 16 on this occasion. Zhou is one of the leading protagonists in the huge pack of young Chinese stars that are emerging. The Northern Irishman has been one of the players of the season, although things have gone a touch quiet since he captured a brace of ranking titles and reached the UK Championship final at the end of the calendar year. Another mouthwatering prospect in this bracket of the 2019 World Snooker Championship draw is the match between Mark Allen and Zhou Yuelong. The 2009 semi-finalist will be hoping that the advantage to all that will be a fresh outlook ahead of the sports most vigurous examination. Allen skipped the China Open, an unusual decision that cost him his spot in an easier looking top half of the draw.

World number 15 Maguire took frame five on the colours but he couldnt live with his opponents heavy scoring as Leicesters Selby fired further breaks of 133 and 96 as he dominated the last three frames. Scotlands Maguire won a scrappy opening frame tonight but Selby soon got into his stride as runs of 115, 95 and 125 put him 3-1 ahead.

Career finals[edit]

Thats why in my eyes he missed the ES studio the last 2 daysDay played superbly after the MSI against Higgins but missed some pots in crucial times. To win a decider by a total clearence is always a pleasure butI bet Ronnie here by 6-3 or 6-4. Ronnie-Day:I think the last 2 days helped Ronnie to get ready for todays match.

If put under pressure by Mark Selby, will Judd Trump be able to keep the discipline he showed against Kyren Wilson. If not, we could just as well have a one-sided affair, either way. Surely the tie of the round. If the answer to those two questions is yes, then we are in for a tremendous match that can only go very, very close. To me the key questions for this match are these: will Mark Selby be able to play at the level he did yesterday?

Ive lost the last few times against him and this is one I was really up for. Neither of us want to lose to the other because of the rivalry, said 2011 UK Champion Trump. It was a good atmosphere. I love coming here, I love the atmosphere and it normally brings out the best in me. I practised hard over Christmas and this was one I wasnt going to lose. Its nice to win. When you get rivalries like that and youve got a bit of competition in the audience as well, some calling out and stuff its all good fun.

Ive never got to the final here. Ill be going away and practising tomorrow to try and get ready for the next game. The draw is always tough, youve got a difficult game in every single match you play. Ive been close a couple of times.

Li has risen into the top 32 in the world rankings this season and is undoubtedly a dangerous player. The 28 year-old is one of six Chinese in the draw, four of whom are set to make their debuts on the famous stage. But its never easy at the Crucible, never mind when its a first appearance, and facing someone like Barry Hawkins doesnt make the task any simpler. The latter, of course, has become somewhat of a master at the longer format and has reached the semi-finals or better in five out of the last six editions. Some people might be surprised to learn that Li Hang, despite first turning professional in 2008, has never actually played in the World Championship at the Crucible. The Hawk hasnt enjoyed an especially good campaign but might fancy his chances in an open looking top quarter of the draw to repeat his now trademark run to the last four.

Personal life[edit]

In World Championship qualifying, Wilson beat Chris Norbury 106 and then produced a pair of superb performances to see off experienced campaigners Alfie Burden and Rod Lawler both by 103 scorelines to stand just one win away from reaching the Crucible for the first time.[10] He faced the 2006 winner of the event Graeme Dott and came back from 41 down to trail only 54 at the end of the first session.

The Welshman has been enjoying a year-long celebration since then and its fair to say that his game has suffered a touch as a result. Yet, its been a miserable time on the circuit for the Pinner Potter of late and he has been in danger of dropping outside the worlds top 32. Gould famously led Neil Robertson 11-5 in the second round in 2010, only for the Australian to fight back and proceed to capture his one and only world title. As always, theres great expectation in learning who the defending champion will receive in the first round draw. Goulds performances at the Crucible havent been notable since and the experience, not to mention cool head, of Williams should prove to be the vital difference. Against Martin Gould, Williams probably could have received an easier opening challenge. A former ranking event winner, Gould has the type of game that can trouble any opponent on his day. Mark Williams produced an unbelievable performance twelve months ago to surprise the pack and claim a third world crown, 15 years after his last success. Williams has lost the consistency that was a cornerstone of his game last season.

The result was a rather emphatic 6-2 for the Jester and a century fest. Mark seems to be back at his best, and Stephen, not unusually, became a bit reckless when pressed; he didnt have much run of the balls either. Mark Selby on the other hand had won only one match in triple crown events since winning the 2017 World Championship. The evening match was every bit as surprising. Stephen Maguire came here as a man in form. But yesterday told a different story. He had lost heavily in the first round to Joe Perry in Sheffield last April, and bowed out to an amateur in the first round of the UK Championship only a month ago.