mick745 wrote:The real thing is that it is very difficult to win ANY back to back ranking titles. Add into the mix slightly less preparation time for the world's, slightly more added pressure from suddenly being the fancied player in form and it is not suprising this particular statistic exists.
I'd be interested to know how many back to back ranking titles have ever been won, let alone from tournaments just a couple of weeks apart.
I think the main reason is the one you mentioned, it's difficult alone to win any back to ranking event titles, and, given the World Champs is the hardest of them all to win, it comes as no surprise the winner of the China Open never won the next event, the biggest of them all.
Trump came very very close in 2011, maybe if Selby wins this one he can win the Worlds, he would be one of the very few players I'd pick to do that.