Neil Robertson (@1.53) vs Ding Junhui (@2.5)

Our Prediction:

Neil Robertson will win

Neil Robertson – Ding Junhui Match Prediction | 11-09-2019 07:30

Robertson beat Shaun Murphy on the final black in the quarter-finals of the 2014 Wuxi Classic to win 54 and then beat Barry Hawkins 63 to reach the opening ranking event final of the 2014/2015 season.[73][74] He played friend and practice partner Joe Perry and from 30 behind rallied to lead 86, before Perry won three frames in a row to be one away from the title.

A former ranking event winner, Gould has the type of game that can trouble any opponent on his day. 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. Williams has lost the consistency that was a cornerstone of his game last season. Against Martin Gould, Williams probably could have received an easier opening challenge. 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. 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. As always, theres great expectation in learning who the defending champion will receive in the first round draw. 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. 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.

He lost to Mark Williams 610 despite leading 54 at the end of first session.[28] At the World Championship, Ding defeated Stuart Pettman 101 but lost 1013 against Shaun Murphy in the second round. After losing against Mark Selby 16 at the Masters and Jamie Cope 35 at the Welsh Open, Ding returned to form, scoring nine century breaks on his way to the final of the China Open.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Another mouthwatering prospect in this bracket of the 2019 World Snooker Championship draw is the match between Mark Allen and Zhou Yuelong. 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. 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. Allen skipped the China Open, an unusual decision that cost him his spot in an easier looking top half of the draw. Zhou is one of the leading protagonists in the huge pack of young Chinese stars that are emerging. 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. 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.

In the third round of the UK Championship, Ding fought from 51 down to send his match against James Cahill to a deciding frame. Ding recovered from needing three snookers in the tenth frame when world 100-ranked Cahill left a free ball.

He made his breakthrough in the 2006/2007 season.[10] After finishing top of his group at the 2006 Grand Prix's round robin stage (he lost only one match: his opener against Nigel Bond by 23), Robertson then beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 51 in the quarter-finals of the event. He beat Alan McManus 62 in the semis, to reach his first major final, where he faced a fellow first-time finalist, the unseeded Jamie Cope, whom he beat comfortably by 95 to win his first ever professional ranking tournament.[11] The win earned Robertson 60,000, his highest amount of money earned in one tournament. So he went on to the semi-finals, being only the fourth Australian ever to do so in a ranking event.

Ding Junhui (Chinese: ; born 1 April 1987) is a Chinese professional snooker player who has been considered the most successful Asian player in the history of the sport. At 15, Ding became the youngest winner of the IBSF World Under-21 Championship, In 2016, he won the Six-red World Championship. He began playing snooker at age nine and rose to international prominence in 2002 after winning the Asian Under-21 Championship, the Asian Championship.

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In the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters, Ding lost 54 on the final black to Kyren Wilson.[89] Ding won the Haining Open, defeating Ricky Walden 43 in the final. It was Ding's first title carrying ranking points in 16 months.[90] In the main ranking events, he was knocked out in the second round of the International Championship and in the first round of the UK Championship by amateur player Adam Duffy.

Following that, Ding played in the first Indian Open, defeating Aditya Mehta 50 in the final to become the first player to win back-to-back major-ranking event titles in the same season since Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2003.[66] Ding continued dominating the game in the following major ranking event, the International Championship, where he beat Graeme Dott 97 in the semi-finals with a 63-point clearance in the last frame.[67] In the finalthe second all-Chinese ranking event final in three ranking eventsDing and Marco Fu compiled seven century breaks; Ding five and Fu two.