A BALL – Mark Williams’ 24th title at the British Open (snooker)

A BALL - Mark Williams' 24th title at the British Open (snooker)

The 46-year-old Welshman Williams, the 10th and three-time world champion in the series (2000, 2003, 2018) won the final of the second tournament of his 24th trophy ranking, the British Open, this Sunday, the season of the 2021/22 World Snooker, today at the Morningside in Leicester (England). , Gary Wilson of England, 36, ranked 34th in the world, 6-4.

Before Gary Wilson, who made his debut on the circuit for 29 years (since 1992) to win titles in his 37th ranking final (losing 23 to 13), the ‘Welsh Potting Machine’ confirmed the weight of experience and his passion.

Williams is the fifth player to win more snooker titles in modern times, after Ronnie O’Sullivan (37), Scots’ Stephen Hendry (36), John Higgins (31) and retired Englishman Steve Davis (28). The gap to world number two has widened since Monday, with Jude Trump (22 titles) – Mark Selby knocked out of the top of the rankings, having 20 titles … as well as Australian Neil Robertson, who got married on Saturday the 21st, and his partner, Mille.

‘Willow’ wins British Open title after John Higgins, revived a tournament this season, but its previous version was 17 years old (2004) and won the winner പൗ 100,000 (117,000); Losing finalist Gary Wilson raised 45,000 (, 52,683).

Gary Wilson led 2-3, but did not allow his leading opponent to take the lead until the final stretch: 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 Welshman – a century-old start, 111 points – 2-2 after 101 points. Inspires the reaction of the English who went ahead.

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Williams ran a turnaround, with two exploding frames, 4-3 ahead. The doubts brought up by 4-4 were resolved with a very long red across the diagonal of the table, and Mark Williams started a new century (115 points) and sealed 5-4. The cooler in ‘Hour H’ ended the game 6-4 in Game 10 and eliminated ‘Black’. Like David Gilbert (who has won the Championship League this season), he was inducted into the Champions League in November.

Northern Ireland is open from 9 to 17 October

In view of the Kovid-19 pandemic, as China retains the availability of matches, the circuit remains anonymous and uncertain: the remaining months of August and September are set aside for qualifications, with the World Snooker Tour experiencing a gap of about a month and a half, with no tournament finals.

The next final stage of a match, the third of the 2021/22 season, is now – blocking last-minute changes in the season’s calendar, which is consistent with the evolution of the epidemic – the Irish Open North, Belfast, October 9-17, defending the Jude Trump scepter.

At the tournament, which will be held at Waterfront Hall in Belfast – and will be televised in Portugal – (Eurosport), there will be prizes of 5 405,000 (€ 471,000) in shares, with a prize of thousand 70,000 (€ 81,000).

British Open Final, This Sunday (Champion in Black):

Gary Wilson-Mark Williams, 4-6

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