SnookerArcher wrote:It puzzles me why Higgins who is just over half a year older than Ronnie can look SO much older! I put it down to a health issue but never found any info on Higgins aging so much since 2011. I thought he was a generation older than Ronnie at one point!
Ronnie has Italian genes in him that gets it from his mum, i went to italy 3 years ago and the men/women look much better on average than people in the UK especially the women, it's MILF town over there
Yeah my dad often comments on Ronnie, he's foreign! He thought he's turkish or something because of his darker skin, yeah I know his mum is Sicilian or part so, her name's Maria iirc. I read somewhere from someone claiming to know Ronnie well that his mother's lovely, it's Ronnie Senior that's bad for him... (None of us doubt he's negatively affected his early career)
Aside from Ronnie being fit, much more than could be said for a lot of the tour, I did read a while back Glasgow has a bad life expectancy for men, 60+, worst in the UK due to booze and violence but with John there are older scotsmen in snooker, McManus looks more like Ronnie than John and he's older than John he's pushing 50... Hendry looks younger than John IMO well he's looking older now but anyhow he's aged better.... Just wondered where that aging came from, he looked okay in 2011 his last TC and world title, perhaps a guilty conscience of swallowing £300k? HEHE. Maguire who's nearly 40 definitely looks much younger than Higgins though they're 6 years apart.
Williams who is older looks younger than John too. Martin Gould looks a lot older than his real age.
I'm chinese so I'm aware of aging disparities between cultures, anyhow Higgins looks awful, what a transformation from that baby faced boy he was all those years back.
With someone saying Ding becoming the first Asian world champion, hehe Ronnie can part claim that, he says xie xie a lot and does the Thai greeting! Yeah I know he was Australian last year... Ronnie loves chinese food, you are what you eat!
Yeah Selby's just being sour, Ronnie played a very attacking last 3 frames and it worked, well aside from the decider, same damn pocket as frame 8 as well... But yeah Ronnie played to his strengths rather than the percentages game that Selby does and once again it panned out, as it did in Northern Ireland SF 2018, if Ronnie had won from a reckless fluke, or saved himself the way he did against Kyren in CoC 2018 with that cross double snooker then yeah I can say Selby has some weight in his statement about disrespect but no, so Ronnie didn't want to play a 2hour frame that would have been agonising and frustrating, perhaps making him play bad giving Selby an easy last frame, which has happened so often for him... No he didn't play his game, perhaps Ronnie should have smashed the balls into Selby's face for disrespect hehe...
I can imagine too well if Ronnie played a safe game for frames 31-33 if he got that far, Selby would play very carefully and not give Ronnie an easy opening, they would be long frames maybe many reracks, probably put some fans in hospital from the tension. We saw how bad Ronnie played on saturday, imagine how much worse if he had to play till 2AM in 3 long frames to beat Selby!
Ronnie vs Selby clash of styles is what Hendry vs Davis should have been. For those criticising Ronnie not playing the right way, geniuses often do things differently! If Selby had Ronnie's ability I'm sure he would push the boat out a lot more than hide behind balls and picking off scraps from players mistakes as his bread and butter. He's really an anachronistic player, a relic from the 80s it's a shame Cliff is called the grinder, Selby deserves that name. I didn't watch Ebdon much in his career, he's a nutjob I know that much shouting at the table but they say he was even slower than Slowby, I'd hate to see that! (Funny thing is Selby isn't that slow when the game's open or his time to take shots it's more how he drags games out, often when it's very hopeless to win. If Ronnie takes on low % shots to speed up the match one way or another, Selby takes on low % snooker traps to waste time!)