Cannonball wrote:The organisers have ducked the schedule up big time. Sunday is a total bore fest. This is when ratings can be maxed, when folk have time off. Ronnie should have been playing on Sunday at 7pm ffs, instead of Tuesday at 1pm. Jesus. Then we have Judd playing at 1pm on a Monday as well; he should have been on at 7pm with Robbo switching to 7pm on Tuesday. How difficult can it be to put the stars on at prime time? The only one they got right is Ding at 7pm on Wednesday. WS are effin stupid. Apart from the Ding match, it's better to be in China to watch the 1st round!
I thought Ronnie would be at 1pm Sunday, because that's when the defending champion traditionally plays.
I can see why they picked Shaun Murphy vs Mark Selby though. That really is a clash of two potential tournament winner. After losing 6-0 to Ronnie last year, maybe tournament organisers were worried it'd be over in an hour again, and didn't want it in the Sunday afternoon slot.
I'd also argue that Trump vs Mags didn't sound as much of a glamour tie as Selby vs Murphy either. Mags is perfectly capable of beating Trump on his day of course, but most people probably don't look at that match and assume that it's two possible tournament winners colliding.