My Amazing Experience at London Masters 2019
In the epoch of modern world, it’s rather difficult to enjoy a conversation. But the game of Snooker enables you to experience mixed bundle of joy along with a strong positive experience. It is one of the world’s most skilled, fascinating, absorbing game which needs utmost attention and is somehow less popular when compared to all other sports in India.
The 2018/2019 snooker season is on its way where professional snooker tournaments are being played throughout the year which keeps the interest hooked right from the beginning till the end. Recently London Masters (a professional non-ranking snooker tournament) one of the richest prize money tournament in professional circuit took place at beautiful arena of Alexandra Palace with seating capacity of approx. 2000 person. The tournament with winner’s prize money of 2,00,000 GBP was held between 13th to 20th January 2019.
The London Masters is the most popular tournament in professional tour which can be assessed with the fact that the tickets of this prestigious tournament starts one year in advance and so is the craze that within one month all the tickets being sold out by the World Body WPBSA .
World’s top 16 players came head to head with extreme enthusiasm for the coveted trophy. As in previous years, the top eight seeds were allocated fixed positions in the draw. The rest of the draw was made by drawing lots during the final of the 2018 UK Championship.
The highest two seeds lost in the first round. Mark Allen, the defending champion, seeded 1, lost 5–6 to Luca Brecel in the opening match. It was Brecel's first win at the Masters, having lost to Allen in the first round when making his debut the previous year.
The first round match between two Triple Crown winners saw Neil Robertson beat world champion and second seed, Mark Williams 6–3.
winner, and fifth seed John Higgins also lost on the opening day, 5–6 to RKG Snooker sponsored Ryan Day (World number 13). Higgins led 3–1 but Day won the next three frames to take the lead at 3–4. Day won the final frame with a break of 128, the highest of the match.
I was fortunate enough to reach the venue directly from the Heathrow Airport when the score was 3-1in
favour of John Higgins from Kirkenes (One of the life time experience trip of Northern Lights in extreme weather condition) and saw the class act of Ryan Day in beating 4 times World Champion John Higgins when the chips were down.
Ding Junhui won the first 5 frames of his match against debutant Jack Lisowski and won 6–1. The other four first-round matches all finished 6–2. Stuart Bingham took the opening frame against Ronnie O'Sullivan, however O'Sullivan won the next five, scoring two centuries. Barry Hawkins defeated Shaun Murphy after winning the first five frames, while Judd Trump beat Kyren Wilson after also taking the opening five frames. To close out the first round, three times Masters champion Mark Selby defeated Stephen Maguire, despite losing the first frame. Selby made three century breaks and two other breaks above 90.
In the first quarter-final Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated RKG Snooker sponsored Ryan Day 6–3. Leading 66–0 in frame 8, Day had a chance to level the match at 4–4. However he misjudged a safety shot and O’Sullivan took advantage with a 78 clearance and then made a break of 92 in the next frame to reach his 14th Masters semi-final.
It was one such tournament where world number 13, Ryan Day, sponsored by RKG Snooker came head to head with an ace Ronnie O'Sullivan and Day made every spectator enjoy the match by his outstanding performance at the Quarter Finals. Such a proud moment it was for RKG Group.
An extremely closely fought battle until of course Ronnie found out the way to crack out through. Day’s performance became the talk of the town that made a history by giving hard times and neck to neck competition to Ronnie, the 5 times world champion. Day had a chance to level the match at 4–4. However he misjudged a safety shot and O’Sullivan took advantage of it. At one point of time Ryan was leading by 2-1 frames and then after six frames the match was tied at 3-all.
Ronnie stated in an interview, “At one stage I was sitting there thinking if Ryan beats me he could go on and win the whole tournament. He’s a class act and a class player”; coming from an ace like him it is not less than a historical moment for Ryan Day.
Ding Junhui came through 6–5 against Luca Brecel to reach just his 3rd Masters semi-final and his first since winning in 2011. Judd Trump beat Mark Selby 6–2. Trump won the opening two frames which lasted over an hour. Selby won frame 3 but Trump took the next three to lead 5–1. Trump reached his 4th Masters semi-final, having lost his three previous semi-final matches
Neil Robertson lost the first two frames against Barry Hawkins but won the next five to lead 5–2. Hawkins took frame 8 with a 66 clearance but Robertson won frame 9 with a break of 72 to win 6–3 and reach his 4thMasters semi-final.
Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated Ding Junhui 6–3 in the first semi-final, winning his 13th Masters semi-final from 14 attempts. O'Sullivan won the first 4 frames of the match Ding won the next three frames, winning frame 6 with a break of 107 and frame 7 with a break of 122. In frame 7, Ding potted the 15 reds and 15 blacks, fluked the yellow, but then missed a difficult green to the middle pocket, missing out on the 147th maximum break in snooker history. O'Sullivan responded by taking frame 8 and won the match with a break of 93 in frame 9.
Judd Trump beat Neil Robertson 6–4 in the second semi-final to reach his first Masters final. Trump quickly won two frames beforeRobertson
levelled the match at 2–2, winning a scrappy third frame and then making a 127 clearance in frame 4. Trump won three of the next four frames before Robertson had another break of 127. Robertson missed a difficult red in frame 10, after which Trump made a 49 break to win the match.
Trump would win the first four frames against O'Sullivan to take a 4–0, with O'Sullivan not scoring a point until the third frame. O'Sullivan won the first frame after the interval, but Trump won the following three frames and took a 7–1 lead going into the evening session. O'Sullivan would later win frames 9 and 11 with a break of 114 but Trump won frames 10 and 12 with breaks of 88 to 68 to take a 9–3 lead at the interval. O'Sullivan won the first frame after the interval with a break of 109,
however Trump won frame 14 with a break of 53 to win the match 10–4. The final was refereed by Jan Verhaas, his 8th Masters final.
There were24 century breaks in the whole tournament and the highest break prize of £10,000 was won by Luca Brecel, for his 140 break in the first round match against Mark Allen.
The tournament was broadcast live in the United Kingdom by BBC Sport, as well ason
EuroSport in Europe. Worldwide, the event was covered by China Central Television and Superstars Online in China, and Sky Sports in New Zealand. NowTV simulcast the event in Hong Kong with additional commentary. The event was the first Snooker event to feature titantron videos on player entrances
It was extremely a proud moment for me and my spouse Kiran to watch live from the arena best players of the game compete with passion in such a wonderfully organized prestigious tournament. RKG Snooker sponsored Ryan left no stones unturned in competing with world champions. The whole team of RKG Snooker congratulates Ryan Day & other players on their outstanding performance. Looking forward to watch the Indian Open in February 2019.