Snooker Overdrive wrote:Ding won 5 ranking titles last season, now I wouldn't be surprised if he ends this season without winning a single meaningful title.
Just look at some of the defeats he suffered recently:
0-5 Oliver Brown Wuxi Classic last 128
5-6 Wang Zepeng IC last 128
5-6 James Cahill UK last 32
And now he lost to Joe Perry who never won a match before at the Masters!
Yes those are players he should never lose to, nevermind 4 times now this season, Perry is no mug of course but still Ding was poor to say the least.
I still think though its way too early to say he wont win anything this season, he can easily turn it around and who knows he might well defend one of his titles next, either the German Masters or China Open, I wouldnt be surprised if he suddenly found some form.
Atm though he's playing like a player out of Top 16, and that aint good enough for his class.
Perry did well though to make the most of his chances, first win here in so many appearances.