Despite the pandemic of coronavirus, the snooker season is nearing completion. Left to spend two tournament Tour Championship and world Cup. In Milton Keynes on the “Marshall Arena”, which successfully took the Champions League for the title will compete the top 8 players of the annual ranking. Rather, Dean Tsunhua, No. 5 in the list of the best socurito season, refused to travel to England, and his place was taken by Stephen Maguire. By the way, the national Dean Yan Bintao at the beginning of the quarantine was in Sheffield and couldn’t get home. So he remains the only Chinese smokerise, which fell in the elite eight players.
Tour Championship – the third and final stage of the Coral Cup. Recall that a player earning more than all the prizes in the series, will receive an additional bonus in the amount of 100 thousand pounds. The first tournament of the season, the Grand Prix was won by Neal Robertson. In the final of the second Players Championship, Judd trump defeated Bento. As for the Tour Championship, the prize Fund of the competition amounted to 380 thousand pounds. The winner will get 150, finalist – 60 thousand is Provided and a prize for the highest break of 10 thousand pounds. So theoretically, in addition to the three aforementioned players to win the Coral Cup and still expect Shaun Murphy, Stephen Maguire and John Higgins.
Quarterfinals and semifinals will be held in the format of 9 wins, final (scheduled for 26 June) – up to 10. Note that all the main actors – the players and referees before start of tournament have passed tests for coronavirus and will not leave the “Marshall Arena” until the departure from the tournament or to the final.
On the first day of competition was held, and the first sensation. Neil Robertson stopped the fight, losing to Stephen Maguire. The rivals exchanged as hundred-dollar bills in series, then two frames took the Scot. However, the first session ended in favor of the Aussie, which has given a century and two breaks “+70”. And then there was a repeat of the match that the teams have met in January. Then the Masters Neil was leading 5:1, but lost 5:6. Steven played an unbelievable comeback: with the score 4:4 Robertson won the frame, but then Steven scored 4 (!) hundred series in a row and ended the match with poluchennoi – 9:5.
Fishes to water…
Stephen Maguire and Neil Robertson have played some unbelievable snooker behind closed doors this afternoon!#CoralSnookerSeries @ITV4 pic.twitter.com/w8vj8P7QRc
— World Snooker Tour (@WeAreWST) June 20, 2020
“I think I am never going to play,” said Maguire after the game. “To be honest, I thought we weren’t going to play snooker until September or October and that there will be no world Cup. I was thinking the worst.” Well, a fairy tale for Stephen continues!
1/4 finals (20-23 June):
Neil Robertson – Stephen Maguire – 5:9
Judd Trump – John Higgins
Mark Selby – Yan Bintao
Shaun Murphy – Mark Allen