Ronnie O'Sullivan v Judd Trump | Final | Session 1 | Northern Ireland Open Snooker 2020May 31, 2021
Needless to say, it's a delightful prospect, prepare to be entertained like royalty, world number one against world trophy champion Alex Higgins. There is nothing better than that. Expect some fireworks. Great respect between the two Sullivans mentioned before this match. that victory these days is proof of where his game is that is the greatest compliment for surely the best player who has ever lifted a nice that is the mark king trophy mark williams and of course
trumpduring the last two years he has gotten the most best of o'
sullivanin this big event, can the rocket get revenge again today?
This could be so and the best part is that it is actually very difficult to know who will lift the trophy tonight, which makes us slightly favor Judd Trump, so that man is not the favorite that is extremely rare for Sullivan not to start a game It's their favorite but there's very little to it I've talked to a lot of people most people have a different view if they have a view they just want Look at this match and find out it's a rivalry that goes back 12 years and as mentioned Many times, they are tied with 11 wins each and, in fact, it has been a close rivalry from the beginning, you may have expected O'Sullivan to hold on to the win. influenced the first years, but in reality after ten meetings they were tied at five, everyone won six of the nine
finals, one of them in one of the old ptc, but perhaps the most significant was here in 2018 because, although it is difficult believe it,
trumphad now gone over a year without a ranking title o'
sullivanmade two big breaks to lead 7-6 and trump responded by winning three frames in a row with o'sullivan scoring just five points and that really
opened the floodgates for trump.
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ronnie o sullivan v judd trump final session 1 northern ireland open snooker 2020...
He has doubled his ranking title count since then, but it is first blood on the rocket, in contrast to last year's
final, O'Sullivan was never in front, Trump managed to keep him at arm's length at all times, so a start fast would be very welcome for the current world champion. No, yes, I agree. Gotta get off to a good start, there are some great matches, but you can't help but remember that Masters with the first eight frames at the end in Ronnie's backyard where he always wins, it was 7-1 to triumph, of course the match was effectively over.
I'm saying that will happen again, but it happened before that. We know it's that wonderful match that Ronnie won at the Tour championship, not the most recent one, but the one before, which was a heart-pounding match that ended it all in Black Sullivan. It's a great game so there have been a lot of great games this is the next chapter sullivan in first the winning shot was not a very good game hitler middle pocket in a pretty average safety shot not difficult o'sullivan has had moments of difficulty this week, of course, he was dinged early in the quarterfinals, losing 2-0, ended up making it five frames in a row and did the same yesterday, 3-1 behind against Ali Carter.
He was a little stuck in the mud before the interval. he was controlling the pace of the game by keeping it off the table which made life uncomfortable but what a burst of form it was from then on and a magnificent clearance in the final frame when three reds were on the wing. The fantastic final blue won the box over the black, but a pink routine goes wide for O'Sullivan, so only 23 points from that chance, even for these two world-class players, there are likely to be nerves in the early stages of a final. Yes, I think, so a framework might be needed to really calm down either player.
Whoever wins the first frame will certainly feel comfortable, but some of them missed an opportunity. This little thing has played it pretty well. He always has the red one in the middle. Anyway, Six Trump's moment of alarm this week came in the match against Luca Brasil. when he was 3-2 behind, he put in what he described as the perfect performance in the previous round against China's Gao Yang because he made the maximum of another two centuries, but against Brazil he had to work hard from then on, although he only lost four frames in three rounds going deeper is not a problem for Trump these days, remember that when he won the first leg of the host nations this season, the English
openhere in their first three rounds, he surpassed by some square and had to come from behind in all of them. and he was seven four behind robertson in the final before winning in the decider, so he has the stamina these days to go with his dazzling talent, the complete player, well that's the problem, the blacks are tied, the reds surround it, I'm really going to go.
To make it very difficult, I have tried to turn this into an opportunity to win a painting. You already looked at the black, he can appear in the right corner, but only from very low, I don't think those reds are going to win. losing in this framework, I think. 19. I wonder why referees do that. He's actually using the ball marker, but clearly the blue was in place, but do you think that team is an extremely good referee? He is such a good arbitrator that Bull Market is named after him. you see it there, that's when you know you've arrived well, of course, he led the world final for the first time in the summer at 30 years old, the youngest to do it now, Trump has come far enough as we see it . on marcel for this red, so o'sullivan's mistake on pink turned out not to be too costly.
O'sullivan sought a second national title after winning the English Open in such fine style at the expense of Kyron Wilson in 2017, of course. trump has already won three more than anyone else in this series the safety shot here is not absolutely simple the red on the left is in play if you play the reds in the center of the table you could have played that red with the pink you should do it, but it's just not the type of shot he wants to play, that red left hand wasn't there, he wouldn't have any problem throwing the ball back in the other direction, instead, that will do the trick, it's a nice advantage and it's not in the color. plays pool, but I could go to yellow here, which is kind of interesting, you know, because actually, if I had deposited a big red, I would have played yellow phil after having the chance that pool is the shot to not continue with the rest, it shouldn't matter. one red one way or another well, the bookies can't split these two, they've played 22 times, they've won 11 each and they're both 11 to 10.
Both odds of chances Trump was definitely a slight favorite last night, But O'Sullivan's money is undoubtedly reaching a lot of fans. I think one of the reasons Trump has enjoyed the success he has against O'Sullivan is that, rather than being intimidated by the prospect of facing him, he has always been enthusiastic. feels like it brings out the best in him and has throughout his career, even before establishing himself as the force he is today, that's what he's trying to do here, you're trying to trim the top end of that red and that's why it's difficult, he's not really trying to hit the full ball, of course he hit the wrong side, well that turned out to be a blessing in disguise, well it wasn't a reckless shot, it was a real cross-court double chance , I thought it was the sign.
The ball was perhaps the biggest mistake there because it's not far from the jaws of the pocket either way, it's giving Trump a chance. There is a much more difficult shot than the blue one, but with more at stake, the cube will simply find itself in a position where it is not portable. that red, if so, it's a shame it took a major shot, they haven't come up with anything, that's a confirmation, it doesn't look like it's going to be a pretty strange shot from Trump, okay, but then it could have ended in anywhere and yet it has covered. that red, one of those typical tense, nervous, nervous opening frames in a major final, both players are just feeling it trying to calm the butterflies, there's no doubt we know how well these two score and score, the good safety will play an important role.
Much of the same reason Rodney has to keep Trump out of reach, that's a factor that might not be as relevant the other way around, i.e. Ronnie can throw long balls but not to the same capacity as the guy he's with. is playing, so Sullivan's safety will have to be very good, very tight, you can't negotiate this problem first, get to those three reds on the left side again, he is playing on both wings, look at the loose red , follow behind the yellow, somewhere it is the plan that we already showed you in that previous shot.
I try, so I'm going to reposition it, but the fact is that it's trying to hit a very thin edge of a red here and the amount you have to adjust is very minuscule, otherwise it will do what it did last time: just give it. full on the wrong side how close were you to that? I think there is an argument here. You know, you have to have this plane from where the balls landed instead of anything else. have them return it from there when you go to take the shot next time, I think the one who played twice from there, please, yes, so decide that it is a more dangerous option if you are at the mercy of that shot from the table and If he were to drift, I think a lot of tables would come out of that kind of range with that lack of speed, so Trump won the early battles here and it will make him a box winner.
An opportunity to do it where the bulls are. O'Sullivan was first in after Trump's security error, but he broke down with 23 missing for him, relatively simple in pink to the center-right, well, is he hindered here in the red by the pink? He looked a little nervous when he got up from that shot, it shouldn't be a problem. but it was enough of a problem for him to miss Trump, well, it looked like a kick which is quite dramatic. He was right to point out that he was uncomfortable standing in line, but I didn't think that would stop him.
I think he jumped, I'm not sure how it was a ladder. The kick can kick the ball off line. I don't think I've seen that before, but it didn't look very good a little early to talk about talking points as we took another look at Trump's surprise mistake on the red, maybe he had a bad contact there he certainly jumped, wasn't it the red ? But if O'sullivan was able to punish him for missing that red and making the quick start we mentioned, it's probably important for O'sullivan given that he has lost his last three world finals encounters. number one, then it will be a revealing moment in this final.
Oh, Sullivan is known as the greatest running back in history, but lately he's been quite adept at coming from behind, of course, he did it against Ding and Carter, and let's not forget that tremendous trio. frame exploded against selby in the world semi-finals when it looked like he was coming off one of the big crucible 23 matches. well that blue that was put there by my sullivan mr red's earlier mistake could end up being the key to this frame it's a very good press photo strange, is it strange when the blue is an uncomfortable distance from the cushion?
If it were closer, you would like it if you could push it out, it's neither one thing nor the other, right? playing with it, the barrel is harder than it would be, it was close to the cushion, looked to see if it would go in the middle but it seems very narrow, I'm sure he really has that option open to him. stores 32, well I'm not sure if you play with the camera, we played to get really close to the blue, but either way from where it is, it's not a very good shot to play with, leaving that in the middle, you're missing the point. the ping and there is very little pocket to aim at, don't blame him, he played safe and tense in the first frame, this is a very good shot, yes Trump seemed safe with the reds as they were before he got hindered with the pink and missed the straight red, it's a good comeback from Trump, so whoever draws the blue needs a ball, so Trump mentioned before this final that one of the reasons why fans love this matchup is, of course, that They are both super attackers, they don't necessarily look to play a safety shot if they can avoid it, but they are both very skilled at doing that, Trump has gotten better and better tactically as the seasons have gone by and O'Sullivan has always been very useful in that department, it's just that his other skills tend to overshadow his tactics. skill I want to be a little harsh on that shot now there's a chance hit it to the top left a great view no problem so this is the one that could be an important frame although it's the first of the nine target a dramatic start in our Northern Ireland Open final Judd Trump took first with the pink oh Sullivan had a chance to steal but it's Trump who leads one to nil in the third Northern Ireland Open final showdown between O'Sullivan and Trump and this was the safety that O'sullivan overran allowing Trump to very calmly put the blue into the yellow pocket and the pink was a frame ball after Trump had missed his chance earlier when he missed a straight red, maybe he had a bad contact when was hindered by the pink, but O'Sullivan had the awkward blue negotiate close to the left side and in the end lost that little battle ofsecurity that's what they're playing for the Alex Higgins trophy along with a check for £70,000 seven more frames this afternoon nine are the target to be crowned champion, oh man, he gave it a bit more, that interrupted shot there to make The keyboard will cross over into its biggest problem, not leaving a red one in the right corner, but leaving one in the left corner, appearing sullivan in his In the final number 54 of the ranking, of course, he has won 37, a record, and What was a hard red on the top rail has been lost.
They are not easy shots on these tables, I can't say I hit him badly in the upper jaw. Hey no. Trump made it clear last night, after his semi-final victory over David Grace, that you never feel comfortable until the first frame is on the board because he lost the first one to Grace last night before winning relatively comfortably in the end 6-2 and it was the first frame today that could have gone either way after winning it. Trump will now feel much more comfortable looking to build on that here,
snookerwill continue to grow. and quick here at eurosport for the first time we are going to show the first round of the uk championship over the next four days of course ding jung wee will defend his title looking for his fourth uk crown coverage starts at two o'clock tomorrow, time from the UK, and then again in the evening, we'll be bringing you two live
sessions over the four days of the first round before, of course, the tournament really starts in earnest next Saturday, and right after that will be the third host nations match, the Scottish Open, Trump of course is looking to make it two out of two in this series, there is no million pound bonus this year to win all four, but of course Trump has won a million pounds on the table in the last two seasons.
He was the first player to achieve this and managed to match it last season. He has become the most prolific of winners. Six ranking titles during the last campaign was, of course, a record and looks pretty good at the beginning. here and you see it, it means the red might not be portable, in fact, it won't be portable or two and the only pocket up there will fit, that's why you're worried about the brown, it just blocks the red a little bit. went up on the table moving the red, gives it a chance to be on the other anyway, didn't work badly, a bit of a headache with the blue on the pink dot, wasn't actually part of how I wanted this frame will develop early. in high value colors that block them from each other 36. down on that one I'm not sure it was in one more thing to say it could be a plant in the left corner there are two reds directly below the blue and the pink 43. yeah, I think they're on that is to get to the right jaw, can we look up? 44 51. pretty good shot, i.e. finish on that red, there's one of those very laborious breaks, Judd Trump, not easy, not easy, positional shots, one or two bounces that might be missed, just keep going 54.
He made four centuries in the final last year, there were six in total, 16 breaks above the standard 50 in the two finals between this pair and you have to go back to 1994 to see the last time, the same two players played three consecutive qualifying finals in the same event and that, of course, was our own whirlwind against Hendry Crucible Trump looking to emulate Hendry and win three of the same on the bounce as he did in the '96 UK championships, but Justo When he was at the top, black stayed on top, so Trump didn't take advantage of that opportunity.
A lot of hard work was done, but the plot was still not won. These are the kind of plots where things may be adding up in the end. the difference means you can steal, which maybe you should have missed, go through a gap, anything would have been fine, even hitting the blue would have been better than nothing, open those two colors, it's very unlucky, there's neo sullivan, I mean the possibilities of going. You can't really legislate across that gap because you could try that shot a thousand times and not make it. The red one is still portable of course, but this is tricky, I just wanted to move something, wasn't it in the middle of the table?
Last shot, screw them now, I think he decided on a little bit of a fight for us, a little huffing and puffing out there, I think Sullivan has ordered his usual cup of hot water to keep his hands warm while he's in his chair, Trump looks swerve around the black to pop this red oh he missed it oh my gosh on your sullivan that's making him think a little here now what is he doing now right over the pocket? Obviously, I can't not ask him to go again because if you divert him. understand next time I don't know what he'll do here well you're probably not joking this time he could easily go off course.
I'm surprised he said that, back off, I think he's getting into it a little more. so I think I would blow this up, we'll see, right? But I think he would have been playing a different shot or I would have played a shot myself, just putting it back here, that's where he was and it looks absolutely great. Amber is scoring today helping Marcel 40 in front of Trump. To be honest, you're saying that he's a little confused because he asked him to play again because he thinks he's going to explode this time. He doesn't want to do it apparently to gain a The advantage seems right, though doesn't it?
The balls have been replaced by a pair of red ones and the colors would be enough to win a big moment in this second frame. I can't really see a difference in the screen which is absolutely perfect. Yeah, it looks absolutely great Chad is right to double check just to make sure everything is done correctly. He doesn't want to get an advantage. Well, he's an O'Sullivan bet for sure, but it's clearly a tough turn. Trump takes his time to think. about this, here we go, I will never understand that Sullivan's decision there was not a very difficult shot and he is asking to play a second time, run, run, brown, sure here, which also makes the task even more difficult for us, so that 41 the difference to 59 left a big lead with the world number one and the defending champion just went over the edge, yeah okay again, the house call to action to help get to where he was, maybe a millimeter, but this makes no difference, it's there and you just need the black one to go with it o'sullivan would need a billiard, he missed one of these, didn't it reach the upper jaw?
Are you in this box? No, he missed another one in exactly the same place. The painting still lives with a lot of tension. there we know that these two can get a big break after a big break, they have been doing it all week playing with each other, they are making mistakes, which adds to the drama. Trump now only needs a red taking care of a fly. First, he's so good at shots like that, he gets such a high percentage and of course I knew Black was waiting well, he needed some chances to complete this frame, it looks like two to zero and O'Sullivan, under early pressure, Trump remember he got his nose in front 12 months ago in the final and never let it escape, so 54 the difference 43 is three billiards for o'sullivan, the chance of a free ball of course, but two tents, frames quite tight even though on the scoreboard, Trump is doing well.
Ahead here it seems that we are on the path to number one in the world and these are the frames that really count. I'll be honest. I'd like to get to the midsection until I get the team's thoughts on whether they agree with me about the Surprising Shot that played there, putting Judd back on the right side in the pocket. I think the problem was that he probably won't win the draw from there, but by drawing the red, he gets the safe flush and gets an even bigger advantage at this point. gone, but the frame is fine too, something unusual, well there won't be anything unusual now that both players have had opportunities in both frames, but trump has prevailed in both, well we have seen o'sullivan playing this week, both against matthew stevens and yesterday against ali carter when the cause seemed lost and it seems quite desperate here 55 the difference is only 35 so in reality it is six
snookers to win the draw it seems that when you play against a sullivan you just have to put the whole ball so that there is no more on the table, then you can start the next frame, that's what you've been doing this week.
Well, clearly winning the box is not on O'sullivan's agenda, but he wants to try the long encapsulation of him with that black guy and just reflect on what's there. has gone down so far nothing particularly encouraging for the world champion two tense frames both have followed the path of his rival seems quite relaxed as he has done all week he has certainly applied himself to every shot he has taken from the bull one quite O' Sullivan is huffing and puffing right now, but there's nothing to show for him still conceding free, perfectly honest, Trump would surely have been aware that Sullivan has some experience in this regard this week, so it won't be a surprise to him and Frankly, I'm sure he won't care because he's tuned a lot, that's all that matters.
The break of 55 in this frame was of course not decisive, there were some twists and turns thereafter, but we have to worry about our Sullivan fans in the next one. frame almost feels like a must win for o'sullivan given the way trump has been playing the last two seasons, he'll need some catching if he builds a sizable lead, yeah it doesn't even look like he's trying to get snookers. I've been saying that he's been on the practice table all week, so he used this as his practice. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm forced to admit that it's completely up to him, but I hope he has the mentality of him in box three when doing this.
O'Sullivan sweeps the remaining colours, but
juddtrump had long since won the frame to lead 2-0 since the national series began four years ago, the
irelandopen in particular has produced magnificent drama in the final, who could forget mark king's emotional victory in the decider over barry hawkins, mark williams beating yambing tao by the odd frame and two absolute crackers, of course, in the last two years, trump prevailed at the expense of o'sullivan both times by nine frames to seven and it is trump who also started better again. Tense and intense first frames, but nothing is going O'Sullivan's way at the moment and Trump will be very happy with the start.
He's done two more before our first interval, of course, nine is the magic number. Trump appears in his 29th final in the ranking and is going for his 19th title which will place him only in sixth place on the all-time list, just behind the aforementioned Williams and ahead of Mark Selby and Neil Robertson, who also have 18 at the moment. Yes, it's safe to say the first two frames were edgy at times. a great build up because we were sure to hit it because there is nothing to do with it anymore, this match may result in both players being a little more tense, normally they would be winning the first two frames, it's
ronnie's turn now to do something, an excellent red opening and In the second half of his semi-final against Carter, his long game really started to take off and with it the big breaks.
He is celebrating his 45th birthday in a couple of weeks. How big will the celebration be? Yes, it will always be during the UK Championship. It's his birthday, so he's usually committed to a party or whatever, no one's having a party right now, but that's a different story, oh, I really deserve to go. He did very well with the rest, something went well. with him there and I don't think he can be denied that good break shot, it's not an easy table, it was interesting to hear the guys pick their historic matches between these two before this final.
I think another was the 2013 world semi-final. While Sullivan shows his frustration at not getting the position he wanted when O'Sullivan actually scored triumph in three
sessions to win 17-11, it was the season, of course, in which he he had taken the rest off just to retain his title for the fifth time. I think it was very instructive for Trump that match because it showed him the level he needed to reach to become the same force that O'Sullivan has been and he made an excellent comeback. Well, there was a lot of frustration in that shot. I think maybe what we've seen today absolutely pierced it.
He might have had better luck than he tried to open the black ones. It was a bold shot, but towards the middle it doesn't offer a very obvious position. It's better for him to get closer to the center. the pink is going to go somewhere embedded in that pile of reds, sink it here just to inspect that exactly, now I need a boost please, I'll sell that cart, I'm just asking for a little extra time to figure out where the hell it's going to land. This pink one, well, one thing you can be sure of is that he will be in a safe position wherever you place him.
I think he had a problem from the beginning and didn't want to exploit the pink in the first part of this break because he knew that would be the case. just being buried 26. Having to work very hard to achieve this modest breakupso far, it's a very important frame, although for Sullivan yes, there is a long way to go first at nine frames, but given what happened in the previous two years, it is vital that you did it. I think he stays with Trump and has missed that red, which was one of the easiest parts of the break, so with 32 ahead, a world champion still has to shoot another big red in this final, although at one He would have loved a kiss after he had gotten it right. some great balls in this room, well I mean you can't do more there, I know you missed the red at the beginning but you're right, he's potted a lot of good balls, he's trying to be aggressive, he's trying to play an important role in this. equalize and not just try to tie a win, it doesn't really work, you have to go in there and score, that's all that's going to hurt you.
I admire the way you're trying to approach this, you really haven't had much time skillfully made a couple of mistakes in this frame it really helps you with a safety shot here it's not easy there are a couple of reds push pop to the right corner oh , he's had a stroke there it's not that bad come into this match you can see the intensity approximately It doesn't have any reward, but it's well played. I'm interested to see what color he plays with here because he wouldn't really like to play with pink because as you can see, when he responds with those two reds, I don't think so.
It will be your favorite color. He ruins this wedding. I'll have to play it now right below. The black is on, I know, but I think it's a little harder with the pink in place than they would have been if I had taken a different color those two reds would be in play Sullivan doing what he has done since the first ball of this tournament giving the maximum application to each shot now yes, that's what he thought of that one, well, he has worked incredibly hard. It is difficult to forge a 46-point lead, but of course it is not enough.
He knows. What a framework this would be now for Trump to win and expand his lead. There is a lot of work to do, but there is no one better in the game than Trump at engineering. a winning break of the frame when the balls are awkward eight come on yeah it would feel like a very important stage now if trump could pinch this frame he now has the same problem as the pink in his place that
ronniehad although I mentioned it was when he put there so his next shots were tough that's one of the reasons he broke up a couple of areas where you can land on those two reds but ideally not far enough if he has it not bad 16. points out things to end there 17. 24 25 well, actually it's perfect, where he ended up, what is he doing, he played behind the red ones on the right, he tried to break the red one on the left into play, that was why, the massacre It didn't work out and now he wishes he had played on the other red.
I've seen that tape dropping all week, I don't know how much was there originally, which was from the champion of champions final, I have a lot more tonight, presumably at some point, when someone hits nine, oh, that's a big pot of Trump to stay. rest goes security in mind fantastic work now what do you do? A question of playing on the red or the first good pool on the red from anywhere there will probably play on it, but this is not easy, it is as difficult as it just was. assumed and let's see if the ball moves away a little at this table this week, the only good news is that you lost it enough to get to safety, well it's a relief for our sullivan that he's back at the table despite that the red was saved this is such a big frame now at the beginning of this final sullivan desperately needs a foothold and I can quickly sneak between the yellow and the blue here from behind with the colors as they are this red could be decisive oh God oh dear church in five, everything went wrong, well, saving me the trouble of looking at the free ball, let's put it again on a turn more difficult than the rolls, we reverse the previous frame, examining the ball and returning it slightly towards itself, right?
Was it the last place? an easy replacement here, the guys did well, yes they are doing well quickly. There were a few cases where the balls needed to be replaced and it was done efficiently and quickly. Take two this time. Oh, Sullivan hits the red. Oh, he put it in. Oh. Wow, that's almost the opposite of before, but I don't think Chad would have any option to put it back personally. I think it's a bit different story but same result when red comes in, this is becoming too after that bit of luck it looks like o'sullivan should win now.
I feel part of this final. It's been a frustrating two and a half frames from this point, but if you can now secure this one, you can relax, even though it wasn't clean. on the yellow and that's why he missed the white ball, another nod from the world champion, now what's the question and maybe put him behind the ground here playing the pop run side of that six, I think it's a Pretty good shot all things considered. I know it doesn't have snooker, but you sure would need green, brown and blue, oh Sullivan, a completely convincing but rather edgy hour of snooker.
Well, Trump, a bit of luck getting the snooker, but of course O'Sullivan benefited from a big chunk. Now and missing the last red he couldn't take advantage of it as he wanted. I need help here, it doesn't seem to be a hand, so while he is a big part of this, it's not easy if he goes on the screen, surely the frame. he is out of the number one big shot in the world and missed by a margin. Both players are feeling it, but it's clearly Sullivan who needs the frame much more than the defending champion.
It's a big blow for O'Sullivan to lose. This one was 41 in front he hit some great balls, but he had to work really hard to get his nose in front just for Trump to come back. It was definitely a good opportunity there again, people will surely go up for the brown, quite dynamic final. It was expected that there would be a break of 55 in this match in all three frames, but not a huge number of centuries, but not yet, now he is looking to maybe get this green out of the blue, play the shot like this in the champion of champions, This would be a proven shot.
If the equation remains the same for O'Sullivan, he needs three more colors if he puts Trump green and brown might still not tie again. Surely, oh my word, well, that's remarkable. Two great coincidences wrote Sullivan in this framework. Is this going to be decisive? She thinks about the shot, she's not in the frame yet because there are 18 in it, but so far she's missed it, she missed him in the jaw and ended up in the middle. You could say the frame is still alive. moment in which the man can tie the frame, it would really be unthinkable that after two flukes like that, o'sullivan did not win this frame, but he has not done so yet, but he saw the all-important blue pot, ronnie o'sullivan will give a big sigh of relief.
He has benefited from two great runs of luck here and he needed them badly. He needed this framework except billiards, he has it. Trump won't be playing all the pool, so O'Sullivan joins the fray in a timely manner. Trump leads 2-1, I think I can turn it off on the monitor so Ronnie O'Sullivan has a foothold in the end, OMG did he need any luck to get there? Not one, but two strokes of luck, this was the most important. He missed the green so badly that he turned around. the table of a couple of wings and fell into the central pocket was a good pot on the blue that he needed to guarantee the frame at that time Trump could still tie and force a new point, but the blue came in and triumphed well.
I will certainly feel frustrated that I lost the painting that way. There has been a lot of tension from the beginning. Sullivan desperately needed that frame and he got it, so one more before the interval, five more in this session it takes nine to be the crown champion, let's see the last odds couldn't be divided at the beginning of the match, oh sullivan, now six to four trumps two to one and those odds would have been longer for o'sullivan if he had lost that one he easily could have made, that's a good trump opening it wasn't the best kiss because on the blue the cube was hitting towards the green very clean pass by the green here just passed it great shot six so what 13 a couple of reds at the end of the group won't really help the split here, they're just protecting them a little, they could force the bottom red directly above the black between in the group with the white ball, otherwise he could show in the loose a pack of reds not favorable to enter twenty 21. now he hit it particularly well now that he is in position a to make the group raise from above in place from below very nice 26. 27 34 you can see that there is red right in the middle of that group heading to the left corner, which I don't doubt Chad had his eye on.
He's one that could potentially make it here. 40 41. It's a very good shot. Very good white ball there because he played it with the other red one. He hasn't won the draw yet, but this is the first real sign. a player pushing to play his game three very tense frames so far 47 which equals 88 for trump and sullivan down at 84.54 but what a good response this has been from the world number one to the way he lost frame three in a big red long this is the result quite a game hit the left hand red first but you should still be here just a little cut 63 drops in the blue sullivan needs a pool he has Stephen Hendry's hunger for success these days trumps ten titles In the last two years, that red surely makes this frame safe and of course can emulate Henry's achievement of winning the same tournament three years in a row as the great man did in the mid-90s in the championship of the The United Kingdom does triumph today and save billiards. he will be three one up in the interval no sullivan needs three of them every time i have seen a sullivan concede when he needs only one billiard he didn't bother at times to even try here is the other side of the coin one six seven makes 12 months, Trump led 3-1 at the first interval.
Sullivan came back within a single frame several times, but he never reached level 12 and will have to work hard once again on the other side of this first interval, unless something happens. notable here he didn't want that and now that the thread is gone it's a strange decision to play pool and not take the flush he already lost a number of points there and not take a flush you need even more pool now basically there is one of them reduces the deficit to 56 but there are only 35 yes, I must say that I did not think I would continue with this draw, nor the one before the mid-session interval, I tried to come back refreshed, many people have done it.
He's been messaging me saying I don't like it, I don't like him going on but it's not for everyone but you know you can do whatever you want basically if he wants to do it you can do it yeah I mean I guess The irony is that there would have been times in the past when O'Sullivan would have been hypocritical if an opponent had done this to him. I think back to that infamous encounter with Peter Ebton at the world championships when Ebden stopped with his average shot time. and o'sullivan was clearly upset about that, he lost the match ahead, but he's his own man, he does things his way, he always has, i guess that's why certainly part of the reason why that's at the box office, you never know what it is.
I'm going to be with full O'Sullivan. Oh, the reality is that it has been a very satisfactory start to Trump's title defense. He hasn't necessarily played the best pool of his, but he seems the stronger of the two. He wants his cup of tea anytime. to clear the table, throw a piece, there is no free trump, I think in the balance of the game, this scoring line is fair. Sullivan got lucky in frame three, but there are other times in this first mini session where he had opportunities to win three, one is probably a fair reflection of all this, but again the break interval is delayed until Sullivan is ready .
Well, these four frames are very interesting. Lots of talking points. Lots of good billiards. One or two mistakes between the two best players. I think we can take a break now. The first four frames have come and gone with super tense frames, but Judd Trump has emerged with the advantage. Ronnie O'Sullivan has a lot to do in the other half of the break, he is behind three one, so Trump took the lead, so he doesn't need Sullivan. an answer and of course that's precisely what he produced: a dazzling one to beat Ali Carter with a five-frame burst hitting all the long balls and big two-frame drift breaks as it is now, but to do it against the world number. one and reigning Northern Ireland Open champion of the last two years perhaps a slightly different proposition four more frames to go very far with that long red there is no doubt that Sullivan will have to up his game, he knows it better than anyone , great player. he is not in what he has won, this is worry, you know being 3-1 down if you have another poor mini session here and you could go like six two down before tonight, then the game is not over, but it is a mountain to climb, so you will have to make progress nowyeah, you'd think 2-2 would be the minimum to give o'sullivan a chance tonight.
It finished at 5-3 this time last year after the first session for Trump, I know Sullivan certainly pushed in the second half of that final, he went back to eight seven of course, but Trump held his own in a fantastic match and There's still time for this one to live up to the hype, but O'Sullivan needs to find something new. It meshes well, that won't please any of the players very much. Blue is safe. It's never particularly pleasant when that happens. Change the context of the painting a little. A slight advantage in the safety win. You've got a Sullivan in a little trouble here.
Teen red right hand red a little bit sticking out but this is one way he will be replaced in place, which I'm sure Marcel was behind the shooting line, but of course if he's not on the right line. So there is more or less red available than in the first effort. No, why not? Alright. So you don't think it's right. Can you mention it? I think Marcel is just looking for a little help and assistance. but ronnie says he doesn't, to be honest, he has to play from there now because he hasn't shown any interest in any of the problems with the replacement.
Better the second time there. He is in the tenth final of the Major. Marcello Cardo made the world final. Good strong referee, I think the strong referee. uh the only two half centuries of the final so far come from trump 55 at the start of the second frame and that really excellent response to effectively losing the third by chance 69 for the 3-1 lead. This is O'sullivan's 107th professional final that he has won. 71 of them, two out of three and it would give him great satisfaction to win this against the number one in the world. He himself said it's a test of where his game is, but he has a lot of work to do to make it happen.
Any suggestion that this was going to change after the mid-session interval became more open, with 15 reds already missing from the table after seven minutes to play, so players are canceling each other out a bit, currently they are five out of nine. from long distance, which for him is modest, there is nothing wrong with it, although he has the white ball perhaps a little more than he would have liked, but although it is only one point, it gives him a tactical advantage if he wins this frame Of course, the worst it can be is the level at the end of this first session, but "You would be in a position to take a potentially unassailable lead.
They could go in that direction by hitting the second cushion and lying on the red. You have observed the situation from there. Not sure it would be safe if he played that way but other options are not as promising there was a problem with a Sullivan shot he knew he could still leave a good red shot at that speed Trump really took advantage of this must believe that he can't reach the pictopod because I think he would have played it positioned right behind the yellow and blue. He never had the problem of selling so much with that shot.
It was the ending we expected. So far it hasn't been without incident, but the frames They have gone a little. Stalling a bit unexpectedly may have been a long one, but there are reasons for it and I think it's partly indicative of how desperately they both want to win. This rivalry is very special and has become more and more intense as the years go by. He has dominated more often than not recently, certainly in the grand finals, he is desperate to overtake O'Sullivan in the overall showdown and O'Sullivan has won his sixth world title and of course this is his first. meeting since he did that in the summer would love to put one on top of the world number one which is a good red once again there is a question when the pink answer will go somewhere particularly I don't know if it will sneak into the right corner past all those reds, I doubt it, look at something, I would actually go to the left center from where that red is now that he is about to play clearly, it is not the easiest table to score on at this stage where the balls are placed.
Sullivan's average shot time is currently under 24 seconds, that's five seconds less than it normally would be and yesterday it was a similar story in the first half of his match with Carter, at one point it went up to 26 seconds, which which is more or less. Uncharted territory for O'Sullivan, but in the end, of course, with that five-frame blitz, he was back to where he normally is, everything has been a bit difficult so far, today the balls have been a bit awkward, rhythm has been lacking , as Andy mentioned. his highest break so far is only 32. 15. Well if you could get about 45 here it will feel like a lot, maybe 50 and the balls are managed to turn pink outdoors so he is working very hard to turn this into something.
I don't think he can argue about her commitment, trying too hard right now, he's just trying to make things happen in her favor, she needs to dig deep and put this picture on the board or else this final won't start the way you I would like to desperately try to do something here twenty-eight twenty-nine 35 36. A couple of areas where you could find the red group of six reds left at the bottom, the red and the red at the top right and the ones I think . which are very portable depending on what angle you have here 42. now you're going to move the red underneath, you can't help it, getting it out of that little area took a risk, didn't know much about that once again, oh this is a big pot for o 'sullivan I heard the reaction, he didn't come close and having opened the reds only 37 facing the possibility of a counter attack, it's been that kind of afternoon so far for o'sullivan, it's all been hard work and well. took a chance on the red, let the keyboard spin freely around the table, but ended up in a slightly awkward place where nothing was very easy because he was just starting to show a little promise there, a break from very hard work that only it was to clear the table for your opponent now you have a better chance a little on the blue ball wide open now let's go 16. 17. it's time to go from color to red it's not an easy shot pink towards the middle maybe screw to the right where he was just standing but it can go wrong this shot again the next red is not easy at all one of those frames everything in these frames that we worked on he quickly got up from his chair knowing that this is a second invitation to win the frame in which is I've been using the rest a lot today o'sullivan three out of four so far and now three out of five and there's another chance it's gone.
These are costly misses for the world champion, not the head shake, it's just not happening for him. so far and it has to start happening pretty quickly, otherwise this could get ugly, a black spot is still covered, it was surprising that it ended up hitting the pink, there is of course the problem of the blue on the side cushion for Let Trump negotiate lower. the line, yes, I think both players are aware that this box will still require a little time to win, whatever happens at this point, yellow there too, now I will say that green looked around the houses, isn't it brown?
Surely it's easier, it's not an easy pop from where he finished, that's what Trump has, he's got so many tough balls, doesn't he now? his balance team is about even with about three or four good shots already to put another good one here, yellow 21. I'm still working for Yes, but if Trump were to win this frame, he would hurt Sullivan for the most part. Anything but clear. He has a chance to put the blue into play. It's pretty clear that Solomon is pinning his hopes on blue not being locked up. It's a fabulous shot. It didn't come naturally, yes it appears to be a frame winner with Sullivan having his best break for the final so far 43 which says it all very well, it felt like a very decisive shot in the context of the early days of this match yet, but a The winner of the draw, Trump, goes to the pink and the problems for Ronnie O'Sullivan deepen as Trump extends his lead to four one, the magnificent water for the trophy of Crystal Alex Higgins, who will hold it high tonight.
Well, right now it's a long way off for Ronnie. o'sullivan, who tries, can and is trying, make no mistake for all he's worth, he just can't make anything go to waste with the rest again. He's done it twice today, but what a great shot this was from Trump to free up the awkward blue who won in the frame and extends his lead to three, so the worst win it can be now is the honors, even at the end of this session, but you'll be thinking that i can take a lead that even o'sullivan couldn't recover three more to reach nine.
O'sullivan's pot success percentage remains in the shadows of winning at 80 under 90, but it hasn't been a smooth final in the way the other two that have contested here in this event, although in Belfast instead of Milton Keynes, it had been nothing but Trump once again. very high, yes, that last frame, the way he won it is typical of the way he hits some of the shots he played there, extremely dangerous and the two players who have been a little attentive, today Trump is emerging, he is the most confident. excellent long boat, good work, but it never seemed lacking.
O'Sullivan has spent most of his fabulous career getting in front of his opponents and then intimidating them, often crushing them. More recently, he has been forced to play catcher. and he did it quite effectively, not least against Selby in that wonderful semi-final where he looked to be out and then produced that furious three-frame burst to get the better of the three-time world champion, Selby of course going on to beat him comfortably to Kyron Wilson for his sixth world title. Need that kind of inspiration now 14. 20. 21. I thought the blue had to go on the green dot here, it better be free because you wanted to go next to the pink right below it.
It kind of interferes with those two high value colors. A little more positivity. I think about the way it looks in this frame. I thought that in the last frame, breaking 43 was a very hard task, but the frame went against him. 33. ..that will make him angry it is a foul because he already jumped on the ball even though he received a red in the end his frustrations worsened his highest break is still only 43 in the previous frame we saw him worried about some lost fibers in his victory on ally carter in the early stages, which he seemed to have fixed, but what a time to lose the signal just when it looked like he might make his first substantial break in the final, come back to the scene, wow, a break, though immediately, Yeah.
He would have been more frustrating than Miss Q if Trump had gone in there with a chance to score, now he had no control over that shot. Sometimes when the ball is so close to the pocket, it doesn't really help you position yourself again. I said I had gone a little off the rails on this frame, but just as he started to show signs of error, there aren't many worse feelings for a player when you get too close to the cue ball and do what he did, of course, the following . you look at the hint to make sure it's still in the queue or that most of it is there many times a piece of the hint has been removed after a mistake, it seems like Sullivan's was fine, although it really goes without saying that this frame has to be very important now for ronnie or sullivan, he has to win it any way he can, but there is nothing wrong with his long game in general, today nine of 11 are outstanding, four of five, it's just that most of the times things have been uncomfortable. for him, when he was trying to build a break and then just when it looked like he was fixing that, the false contact that occurred there bordered on red, yeah, I mean, the bass session has been playing with great intensity, which has not been the case.
It's been backed up with high scores, but no one could doubt that these two of resolution here have been a great thing, it's just that something seems to stop them from making the breakthrough somewhere on days like that, the balls will run awkwardly, I think we'll come and we will stop. Trump won't care to know what is going on there and what an effective shot he has played there, really opening things up, increasing the pressure on Sullivan who desperately needs this frame, if he loses it he will surely be behind, it's a question of how much and if the deficit in question would be recoverable tonight very good shot, but it is a little unfortunate that the red has been left in a portable position where Trump can take them down.
I thought he played a pretty smart shot there. Sullivan just hits so many of those types of shots that it's almost like they're hanging on to the win and that 30-point lead may not count for much as Sullivan struggles again. The question here is which red would most like to be able to make a defense. that's already pretty close to hitting, but now we know how it gets there, you can't get anywhere by just getting close, it may seem reckless, but we saw it in that semi-final against Mark Selby, there's a bit more pragmatism in that than we thought.
You think you could give him the chance that you couldn't save, something can happen and what he has is that, in the end, it didn't cost him anything to overestimate the importance of thisframe. Big difference between 5-1 and 4-2 Sullivan could still emerge with a share of the spoils in this session at the moment, which seems unlikely, but if he can win this frame, it could give him life. If he can win he could have done without that kiss on the red that the red has left on wow trump once again let's free oh sullivan we have a chance to see the escape of sullivan which is known in the trade it's a hope hidden, what he was doing well, he has not been completely sure with the rest.
So far he has three but he missed two and he missed another. Oh my God, I would be so upset about that Phillip because the frame is right there at his mercy. He's missing the first red, well, at least from O'Sullivan's point of view. uncomfortable reds here for Trump to negotiate as he seeks to return to this black frame black now when answered the black covers the reds if he answers at all that is, I think he will continue there it would have been in a It's an easy part anyway, but clearly not There's nothing available now that the cushion frames have all gone the same way, right?
There has been no fluidity in incredibly close frames, three of them have lasted more than 20 minutes, there is a long way to go. In this one, however, when Trump goes off, yes, it's been a little complicated, but the most important thing is that it's been Trump who has had the last word in four of the five, it's almost as if they were trying too hard, which I will say again, it is one. For the five frames you don't care how this goes, it just feels like Trump made a couple of very important little punts, which is the difference between the two players, there's not much between them.
Sullivan had a clear opportunity. Just now of course he fails for the third time this afternoon and the rest is very unusual for him, now he has to do it all again, only 26 ahead of my sullivan force today, in the midst of all the frustration, it has been his long game , he has only missed two and eleven, there is one of those, it was the coincidence that counts as a pot, is it on that green from before? Yes, it's true, that's where the steps sometimes tell lies, don't they, but there's nothing spooky about that magnificent knock from O'Sullivan, can he finally put this frame in? to the bed a frame he desperately needs was good enough to take another look at it was a brilliant shot because he's doing all kinds of damage if this doesn't fit he's leaving the red in the middle he's got the red under the black now Surely something else isn't is going to arise so that a Sullivan here does not win this frame.
He has to keep an eye on the brown that is underneath him, basically where he wants to put his elbow, I think his "bridge hand is a little different, but after what happened before, I think it's a must to win the box on this visit "No more frustrations about the spectacle of the final. It's a draw that I think a lot of people would like Sullivan to win if you." You are clearly neutral, if you judge the camp then you want it to win easily. It seems like he might have if this painting hadn't gone Sullivan's way.
He still has some work to do. Need another red. It has been quite typical of the paintings. We've seen that today has been tough but we've won it because of how things look gorgeous red and could that be the moment of inspiration that O'sullivan has been looking for? Everything that is still possible in this session. Oh, Sullivan can still emerge to the dead level. a result that would be equally for him, Trump could have four clear ones, but at least O'Sullivan, except billiards, has given himself the opportunity to stay in contention in this third consecutive final of the Northern Ireland Open between the two, I think that Trump needs an advantage for two.
Most observers would have been surprised by a high break for Judd Trump of just 69 and for O'Sullivan just 43 after six frames of this Northern Ireland Open Final. It has been a session characterized by blood, sweat and tears rather than smooth ronnie-like snooker. Have another couple of cups of hot water, but the most important thing from O'Sullivan's point of view is that he won box six to stay in touch. Things were starting to look serious at 4-1 down, it was a bright red that saw him finish the frame. maybe that will serve as a source of inspiration for the remaining two frames of this first session Trump seven out of 12 from long distance today brilliant made a big sound now the red for the black is the one who wants to get it out of the way, that's the right one immediately played in six, it's very rare to see any of these players in the 80s in terms of pot success, trump now at 87 o'sullivan has increased it slightly to almost 85, but so far it's been that kind of finish, the balls They haven't always been. been in favorable positions, both have had to work very hard to get the points they got 15. and Trump has been a little more skilled at doing it, so he is two ahead first in this seventh frame 20.
Well, now he has the angle here, I could really get into the group here, it's a matter of the backspin effect that carries the keyboard through the group if you see the plant there, maybe I'm expecting one that appears to be a combination of some sort of the first two reds . let's be in line so that the split does not open, yes, at the moment it aims at the right jaw, but you can slightly cut the first thread and then you can straighten it, that is perfectly judged, the reds are not open yet, although I had the opportunity to do it a couple of shots back, I guess he had to play the plant, it's really there, could he play this with rhythm in the group?
He's very, very good at that shot. OMG 37 38 Trump has won 18 ranking titles but perhaps the one he won in Belfast two years ago was the most important of all because it came after a relatively barren period of over a year without a title was against Ronnie o'sullivan had to come back at the climax of that final for victory which he did in style and never looked back as he doubled his number of ranking titles since then, that was his ninth success, today he is on his 19th and, for Of course, in the meantime he added the master title and the world title to his start at cv 53.
To come to life, the last frame was won by a long bright red from Sullivan and now this opportunity is in the example of bubbling the keyboard to through group 16. Right on that lower red, a little close, it's more comfortable in the shot, but it goes 61. This has been very atypical in the billiards we've seen in the final so far, but it looks much more like what which we used to do with the world's number one, long bright red, to get in and although it wasn't clean, it looks like a clean kill. Yes, but by targeting that side of the pocket, you're giving him a better chance to get up to get the red, so this is a completely different frame than the others we've seen, which is drawing a lot of attention. what wants to come this afternoon, this next frame is huge, now we look to extend and score more freely of the two and now the odds of his eighth century of the week ronnie o'sullivan has been the second best today so far, he has fought for everything he has. was ruled out, but he only has two frames out of seven to show for it and the last one of the session is surely a must-win for him 83.
Trump led 5-3 at the halfway point last year before winning 9-7. Today he is already guaranteed that leadership, but it could be much better if he seeks the 29th century of him already in this campaign 89 winner of the English Open, runner-up in the semi-finalist of the championship league and champion of champions. He has already accumulated £140,000. on the table before this event this season and suddenly it looks like a different game than we've seen so far there's a tremendous break controlled aggression aggression 747th in his career he moved ahead of neil robertson this week in the total- times list look at this shot look at that for a shot play with screw 100 first side of career 110. a way to develop the brown and get to the green the number one in the world has just gone up a level and now let's put the ball very firmly in a year, the court of Sullivan has been doubly fabulous, given that the other frames have generally been about harsh graphics, this has simply been a sublime break launched by a trademark, long, red, as sweetly beaten as possible and now changing the style.
It's a shame there's no one here to see it. Millions at home watch and admire Judd Trump's skills, which underlines why he is number one in the world. What a breakup it was a one two eight. Ronnie O'Sullivan dealt with that. with one frame to come in this first session, Trump leads 5-2, the first real touch of brilliance from world number one and defending Northern Ireland Open champion Judd Trump, watch this for a perfect starting position in the blue and after that it never seemed in doubt that he would complete his eighth century of the tournament, the 29th of this fledgling season and the 748th of his increasingly formidable career, is asking world champion ronnie o'sullivan many questions, He has once again surpassed it in the last two years in this event and threatens to do so for the third consecutive season.
O'Sullivan surely has to win this eighth and final frame of the first session. The Alex Higgins trophy is up for grabs, so the big man would no doubt have appreciated the style of snooker. "This Judd Trump brings to the table style, flamboyance and brilliance, all qualities, of course, that Ronnie O'Sullivan possesses in spades, but secondarily at this moment, since today he had the ability to almost turn the tables on the double, if he doesn't do it, he will win. It won't be for lack of trying, that's something O'Sullivan has done with every shot he's taken this week.
It's already a different kind of security battle. This box turns red towards the volume. I don't think Sullivan played as poorly as some might think he struggled today. tough on every point, he's hitting a lot of good balls, but he missed a couple of shots, a couple of break shots, he missed a couple of big shots, but I could say if he could win this 5'3 frame, then he'd be there in some of the below-safety stats have been slightly controlled by Trump, it doesn't seem to me at all that this may seem like much riding in this draw, they are always easy in a match of this type, but especially these two full-draw leaders They would feel like a tremendous length.
For a long time, Trump will be very happy with his afternoon's work, but he will give everything in this final draw because if he can win it, it will give him such a margin that we will put him three away from retaining the title for the triplet that he always does . you have the option, you can just drop to the back of the pack, you don't particularly want to play it, but it may be that in the absence of any other shot, that's all you can do by tapping, so marceletcart confirms that you're tapping now that it's touching two.
From the reds, I think it is difficult to get a real advantage here because, as I say, roll-ups are always the last resort, one wonders how this framework will develop in the short term. One way to change it, but I don't know what Sullivan shot. O'sullivan's biggest breaker in this final is still only 43. What will I say about the statistics don't lie, Philip, but I think if anyone has had the best opportunities, it's been Judd and he's created them, of course, but every time Sullivan has come to the table there have been high value colors tied up now, that hasn't always stopped him before, but I haven't seen him absolutely hitting each other and not making many, it's just been that kind of late, isn't it?
It's often been awkward, it's been a real struggle to get anything important for O'Sullivan, a couple of times he's gotten in front hitting some really good balls, but he hasn't been able to land the killing blow that everyone else misses. expensive sometimes unusual also this is a bit fast, you always bounce surely hasn't left the red, seems okay but there was a moment of anxiety there and thought maybe the weather would become drinkable, I don't think it can. get to the angle of the bounce, let's let something stick out playing with the left side to straighten it, maybe well, it clearly wasn't because of the bounce, but he hasn't played a very good shot by any means, so a good bounce from O'Sullivan , here, can he produce something similar to Trump's previous contribution to return to this final?
This might actually be his best opportunity early in the day frame of the eight frame session because he is in first place, this is usually the place where he is very lethal, especially manipulating balls in better positions, let's see what he can do well, that's fair enough, he said a good split, I don't think you can blame him, he probably deserved it, a couple of balls went wrong, but this time. this is a chance to face the blame yeah he couldn't have gotten the pink much better splitting the reds 20. twenty one 28 29. oh sullivan has always been extremely adept at getting into the reds some better exponents in the history of the game and this was pretty good, but it landed on a red that I didn't know about the keyboard, it just slid across the table and once it got to that red, the rest of the split was absolutely fine now, after some problems. frames in a row the last two more following how we saw this final from the start 45.
Well, you're going to need a good pot here, not ideally in your color and we've already been in this kind of territory today with o "Sullivan, to build a lead modest but not able to continue, needs agood positional shot and that wasn't all, although it may still be okay, okay, I think certainly, unless those two reds don't go, these expressions suggest that they don't." But I think you can pop that red of the left hand. I think it will work, but it's not a full pocket. I'm always the first to say that when they activate easily, this does not activate easily.
It will activate in the jaw, I think 51 is. a very good shot, that's a good shot he just put his hand up there because he decided then he huffed and then he was on red just didn't want Judd to be disrespected I think so running to the brown was never part of the plan but no harm done , nothing worse when your opponent does that, says a small apology for thinking he wasn't on the ball Well things could have gone very badly for O'Sullivan there and getting in and out of port but it looks like he's going to win a frame he surely had to win to think about lifting the trophy alex higgins tonight he is very close to reducing his arrears to two red and black sparring snookers would be enough easily his best break of the final it has been a difficult afternoon for him, but 5'3 All things considered it wouldn't be so bad the applause acknowledging yes this is a good break, he always felt like he needed to get into a box early and put the balls where he wanted them, maybe a little nudge or two. in this framework and the ones that he didn't really understand before, but it means that tonight will still be very interesting.
I think they've gotten all the anxiety out of him and his tense nature from pool. I think he will be freer. -flows now, although it could end close, there is one not to be missed from here, the intensity has been there from the beginning 94, so sullivan black for a sixth century of the tournament, a very timely intervention from the reigning world champion to the that will be faced. the same deficit as last year judd trump still has work to do to make it three starts in a row in
ireland. He will be very pleased with the work of his brilliant late century just now that he won this frame 6-2, it's hard to watch. any outcome other than a trump win, but o'sullivan made it to the party just in time and it could still be a momentous evening 150.
Now what a break, this was the way to end the session 137 permission from roddy o 'Sullivan is doing fascinating things in his third Northern Ireland Open final and O'Sullivan has given himself a chance, but it is Trump who leads by three.
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