After the match at The Masters a few years ago, where Ding suffered booes and racial abuse, he went off form and was low in confidence for a few years. But in winning back the UK Championship, he answered a few questions. Yes he could still win ranking events. Winning at Wembley early in the year laid to rest another demon, and what a time to do it at the last ever Masters at Wembley.
One question could also be left. How does he feel playing Ronnie? Last night he beat him in the PL, but this means little. It might have meant more last year, because that form of the Premier League was meat and drink to O'Sullivan. He'd be beating him at his own game. But, I don't think this is true with the new format.
How do people rank Ding's state of mind? Will beating Ronnie exorcise one last demon, or are the demons already gone? Are we looking forward to this as a good game, or as the last task needed to complete in Ding's redemption?
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