simplysnooker wrote:I'm not sure if I'm honest, in all the matches I've only seen him on TV at the World Open and World Championships this year. At the World Open he got to the Quarter Finals, so on his day he is a top player, he relished in the best of 5 format as he's one of those players who can reel of a couple of frames very quickly when he's on his game.
At the Worlds, playing my good mate Rory, it was a disaster. I don't know if it was Rory who made Ricky lose his way a bit but he had a complete meltdown. I think he's definitely got the game to win a ranking event, it's just putting it all together and going right for the week. He's not one of those players that if he's playing badly can scrape a win in the early rounds like a Higgins can.
Can't really comment on the McLeod match. I didn't see that match at the worlds, as I've already seen Rory McLeod play once this season, and that was too many.
Hilarious jokes aside, I did get the feeling when Walden started talking smack about McLeod afterwads, that Rory's style, I got the feeling that Walden had really been bogged down by that style, and hadn't handled the pressure well. That's always a bad sign. If a style of play irritates you, then your going to find it very difficult to play against. Doesn't necessarily bode well for future success, if you can't adapt your game against all styles in the same way the aforementioned John Higgins can.
Interesting point about the World Open, maybe that'll be one Walden should shoot for.