Wednesday 19th of February ~ Sunday 2nd of March at the Newport Center, Newport
Despite the shorter format in the opening stages of the tournament, two of the season's three best players have made it to the final.
Ding Junhui, winner of four ranking events this season, wasn't at his absolute best but made some good clearances and a couple of centuries to edge past Joe Perry 6-4. He going for his fifth ranker of the season, matching the record set by Stephen Hendry in the season 1990/1991, and his eleventh ranker altogether, moving ahead of Jimmy White on ranking event wins.
Ronnie O'Sullivan, reigning World and Masters Champion had a slightly easier more pedestrian journey to the final, beating Barry Hakwkins 6-2, making three centuries, and only losing seven frames in total to get here. Victory here would give Ronnie his 26th ranking title, moving ahead of John Higgins and only two behind Steve Davis, second on the all time list.
This has the potential to be a great match but Ronnie has made cakewalks of of quite a few matches that looked close on paper. Can Ding change this?
Head to Heads
Ronnie leads 8-3
Matches in best of 17+: Ronnie leads 2-1
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