But I am worried to sick about Ronnie. Whether that´s always the Masters or now this now when he plays snooker like this.. Ain´t good ain´t good. Doesn´t look good regarding the Worlds now.
Why is he taking on shots which are a complete no-brainers? Obviously he plays some really sublime and good stuff also. But those too "pride" shots once again are there. It once again means that the other top boys are once again going to have a top, top preparations while Ronnie having none. Is he lacking the patience? He talks about the next 7 minutes while the university lads and the ladies talks about the next 7 years. A bit different, yes. But Ronnie´s still class, make no mistake. He has the distances right, while some are struggling with those. What´s the distance? 1000 miles. Well, make it look like that also. But just a mention; 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015. Not much deep runs anymore.....
And the Masters can cause some worries regarding the players who are bobsleighing down their careers. They took Jimmy White just to having a go there when and while he was clearly losing it. It only made things worst to Jimmy White. And now this has snowballed; it´s not just about Jimmy White anymore, also the likes of Shaun Murphy, Kyren Wilson and Stephen Maguire could well be packing it in. No matter how much top of their games they now ever would be, it wouldn´t be ANYMORE good enough to win anything! I would argue so. Or if they still wins something, it´s just down to the extremely low quality of playing out there... Which also is something they don´t particularly like at all. That´s why they could be packing it in, not just Jimmy White or Ken Doherty... But then, obviously they still fancies to up and raise their games. Just personally can´t see they would actually possessing the potential much and deep enough.
D Dale has been instrumental to raise the safety-game. He just can´t settle down to be a solid break-builder frame in, frame out anymore. If he even ever has been able to do that.
The overall-standards are now raising. So a very difficult to judge this Coral-series right now... Only the time will tell. But the Masters ain´t good, basically, because it only causes some top players to bobsleigh down to their careers and goals and aims.