eraserhead wrote:Speaking of 2015 was anyone expecting Stuart Bingham world champion.
I wouldn't have picked Bingham as a favourite before the tournament started. I don't think anybody would.
But, at the same time, the BBC were doing my nut pre-final. They kept going on about how it would've been shock of the century if Bingham, the World number 10 at the time, beat Murphy the world number 8.
I would say, as thoroughly surprising as Bingham's win was, Joe Johnson's 1986 win was more surprising. Bingham had, at least, won two ranking events before he won The Crucible. Also, Johnson had never won a match at the venue at all.
Though, of course, me saying Bingham winning was a smaller surprise is being said after he won. It's easier to claim something isn't a surprise once it's happened.