The World Snooker 2019 Northern Ireland Open, part of the Home Nations series sponsored by 19.com, was won by Judd Trump yesterday, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-7 in a truly sensational final.
Some asked if we could ever see a better final that the Champion of Champions last weekend where Trump was beaten in the deciding frame by Neil Robertson. Certainly, yesterday’s match was at least just as entertaining
Trump got off to a great start, leading 3-1 at the mid-session interval. Most importantly, the one frame that O’Sullivan did win put a marker down for Trump to let him know that any mistake would be severely punished.
The match continued in that way with Trump always in front but O’Sullivan never far behind. Consequently, the afternoon session finished with Trump 5-3 up but it could easily have been 6-2, or any other scoreline you care to choose!
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The evening session provided more sensational snooker with maximum attempts from both players, back to back!
Most noticeably, O’Sullivan simply couldn’t quite match Trump in the all-round game and Trump ran out the winner to retain the trophy.
Commentators like trotting out statistics. Consequently, some pointed out that Trump has equalled Stephen Hendry’s record of winning 3 ranking events in the season after first winning the World Championship. But, in contrast, his total of 36 ranking titles has not been beaten yet. O’Sullivan is still on the same number. Statistics which are meaningless really. Who knows how many titles Hendry would have won with today’s format?
Next up is the BetWay UK Championships at the York Barbican, starting in just 8 days time. Can Trump do the Triple Crown in one season?