World Grand Prix Snooker 2016
In the World Grand Prix Snooker 2016 many of the top seeds went out early with Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Fu and Ronnie being the biggest first round loses. It was a top class event with players qualifying by winning events during the season instead of the full field draw.
This year’s finalists for the World Grand Prix Snooker 2016 where Stuart Bingham and Shaun Murphy who both showed some good form throughout the championship.
In the first session it ended a 5-4 lead for Stuart and he started the second session with a 60+ break. Stuart started the break of a fluke on the blue which reminded me of playing Jason Dimitri.
At the end of the first night session Stuart was 7-6 in front with the overall quality of the snooker fairly low. Murphy then took the lead at 9-8 with a great break of 120 so it was up to Stuart to see if he could stop him from winning 10-8.
So into the 18th frame of the final and it was Murphy who had the first chance and missed a pink with the rest. This left Stuart with a good opportunity with some reds in the open and he made a 23 before running out of position but played a good safety and forced the mistake from Murphy.
Stuart then made a break of 38 missing a fairly straight forward shot into the corner pocket and led 61-1 but left the ball over the pocket. Murphy only made 1 missing the pink into the middle but Stuart was only left a straight red into the middle pocket so potted that and played safe and in the end it was down to a decider.
In the decider Murphy had a break of 24 before playing safe and left Stuart in a lot of trouble with all the reds in the open. The frame was then fairly open and many shots missed from both before Murphy took control and made a break of 47 to take the frame and the match.
With a prize of £100,000 on offer for the winner it will take Murphy to a World ranking of 7 and Stuart Bingham to number 2.
One of the players that needs to move the most in the ranking Ding at least made the Quarterfinals and moves from outside the 16 to number 12. If Ding wins another first round win in China should be safe for the top 16 for the seeding for the World title and not need to qualify. The previous top player just outside the 16 is Stephen Maguire.
This coming year in the qualifiers for the world titles you need to win three matches to get to the crucible and there’s less than a week’s break between.
The next ranking event is the China Open which starts on the 28th March and the last chance for some players to sneak into the 16.
round up of the final first session
Getting into the finals