It’s hard to know where Trump succeeded in his game at the end of the match, because it’s been a long time since we’ve seen him play snooker well. He won the tight eighth frame, then turned the match around with breaks of 88, 111 and 68. In the last three frames, he practically did not allow his opponent to reach the table, for which he did not score a single point.
Trump played the game that won the 2019 World Cup. Question that Higgins This helped snooker, or rather almost lost the match. Trump mentioned the latter in a Eurosport interview after the match. He also mentioned:
“It helps that we have a tournament next week, because you know that if you lose, you still have another match in two or three days. At the beginning of the match I was nervous and cramped, then after 5-2 I changed my mind.” “I was calm. I went to the bathroom at 5-4, and when I returned to the arena, I received a reception that encouraged me to put on a show for the audience. This is the time when I can perform my best.”
Higgins may regret this defeat because he came so close to victory. In other words, he came close to making the finals, something he hasn’t done in a points-scoring contest in more than two and a half years. He did not achieve a single victory in the points-scoring championship for two and a half years. What is worrying is that he lost matches that he almost won many times. At the same time, it may be encouraging for the Scot that he played well for most of the match. Trump played so well in the second half of the match that no one could stop him. As Higgins said, “I was run over by a truck.”
89 in the world rankings. Leo On the other hand, a 19-year-old rookie playing in only his third professional tournament. In light of this, reaching the semi-finals is a great success in itself, even if we add that Sean Murphy, Mark Williams And Ding Junhui He said goodbye too. Very strong list.
Liu would have won all four frames before the break. However, all four of them went to Zhang. Liu’s safety game was not as good as it used to be, and his mistakes were not followed by the same amount of luck as in his match against Deng Junhui, for example. They played all the close frames, and three of the four were decided on the pink. Which shows that Zhang did not play irresistibly well.
After the break, the picture of the game changed a little. A 33-minute frame followed, in which the scales tipped slightly towards Liu, and somehow the younger Chinese’s performance improved. It didn’t matter much in the next frame, Zhang was one frame away from winning 5-1. Leo then made the biggest break of the match, a 68, making the score 5-2. However, he was unable to come close to his opponent, who reached the final with a 6-2 victory.
So Zhang is playing the first final of his career, and by definition is aiming for his first title. On the other hand, Trump reached the points final for the 39th time, as he wants to win his 24th title. Trump leads the head-to-head record at 4-2, and they have played all the matches that don’t matter, with their most famous encounter being Round 16. So far, Zhang has only managed to beat the Englishman in Asia. Chinese is not my favourite.
By the way, Zhang already finds himself in 40th place in the world rankings. If you win, you move up to 30th. Trump is in fourth place with his second appearance this season, and even if he wins, he won’t be able to move forward, because the trio of O’Sullivan, Pressel and Allen have an advantage of more than 200,000 points.