TheRocket wrote:One of the most noticable stats in Snooker is the Ronnie O'Sullivan vs Mark Williams H2H. Its very unusual to see such an one sided H2H record between two All-Time Greats who are the same age and from the same era.
You look at Williams and he has done well against Hendry and Higgins. Even has a 3:1 lead over Higgins at the Crucible but he never beat O'Sullivan at the Crucible in 5 attempts. Overall H2H is 32:11 in ROS favour. At one stage Williams hadnt beaten him for 12 years before he scored his first win over the Rocket in the 2014 International Championship.
Why do you think this match up is so much in ROS favour? Is it just because of his scoring power?
There's a saying in boxing: styles make fights.
It's similar in snooker. Willo plays an open game, just like Ronnie. So given that Ronnie is a heavier scorer, it's only normal that he's gonna win.
Assuming that both players are at their best, any player is doomed if he's gonna play an open game against Ronnie.
Ronnie can only be troubled and beat by Selbo and Higgins type players.
The only 2 players that could fight fire with fire are Hendry and Trump. BUT:
- Hendry did that when ROS had not yet peaked
- Trump did it against a past prime ROS.