For those of you with a good memory the first final was given between the late John Spencer and the Welsh Ray Reardon and what a final that was! It was such a tight battle, bottom to the top, so tight that not even after the last frame (the score being 8-8) things weren’t clear enough. :-)) It all came to the black ball, for it was re-spotted in the end the last man standing being the "Dracula" of snooker. :-P
|Hendry: "Got myself six of these babies!"|
He succeeded in defeating John Parrott three times, first in 1989 with a score of 9-6, second in 1990 with a final result of 9-4 and third back in 1992 by the same scoreline. It was Hendry’s time! He was winning everything that had snooker written on it! :-P
In 1991 he won a very tight battle against Mike Hallett, 9-8 to win another Masters title, in 1993 he defeated the Thai James Wattana 9-4 and in 1996 he made history as he won 10-5 over Ronnie O`Sullivan. Now that’s how a true champion makes his way through the top!
|Rocking at The Masters|
If we were to add to those victories the five-time runner-up position Ronnie has been in, then you have a true snooker talent in front of you.
Cliff Thorburn has made Canada proud as he was the person to open a series of three Masters winnings over time. He started by defeating Alex Higgins 9-5 in the 1980 final, continued with a beautiful 9-7 victory over Ray Reardon in 1985 and finished with an 9-7 lead over the second person to win a UK Championship title, the Welsh Doug Mountjoy, in 1986.
|Cliff winning one title after another|
|Paul Hunter captured 3 trophies|
With a new sponsor (Ladbrokes Mobile) this year’s Masters is announced to be one hell of a competition, because (if I’m not wrong) this is the first year that we won’t have any wildcards, but only the best of the best, la crème de la crème, also known as "The top 16". :-)) So with the most wanted snooker players on the planet, with that huge and overwhelming Wembley arena, with a total prize fond of £500,000 and with some really fast snooker tables things will definitely be ... how do you call it? Hm...a blast?! Hell yeah!
Not to mention that Mark Selby, the defending champion, has stated in numerously interviews the fact that he wants to keep his title and will give his best so he can win one more of those funny trophies for the other two at home, seem a little bit lonely :-))
|Mark Selby, the defending champion|
13:30 (UK time) - Mark Selby v. Mark King
19:00 (UK time) - Ali Carter v. Peter Ebdon
13:25 - 17:00 (BBC 2) Masters Snooker
13:30 - 16:30 (British EuroSport 2)
19:00 - 22:00 (British EuroSport 2)
00:30 - 01:20 (BBC 2) Masters Snooker: Highlights
01:20 - 03:20 (BBC 2) Masters Snooker: Extra* Also you can watch snooker online at www.fromsport.com .Please select the tournament from the list.
Note: the matches are played "best of 11 frames" including the semi-finals, for the final the rule of "best of 19 frames" being applied.
Enjoy snooker dears and see you tomorrow for the highlights ;-)