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Deteriorata
Feb 6, 2005
NOBODY HAS SUFFERED AS MUCH AS BOOMERS AND I WILL DEFEND THEM TO MY LAST BREATH

Well, shiver me timbers, ol' Master 'Orkins has made a match of this. From 9-1 to 10-7 is pretty drat impressive. Still a long way to go, but it's no embarrassment from here however it goes.

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Tsaedje
May 11, 2007

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Deteriorata posted:

Well, shiver me timbers, ol' Master 'Orkins has made a match of this. From 9-1 to 10-7 is pretty drat impressive. Still a long way to go, but it's no embarrassment from here however it goes.

12-11 now,. Absolutely crazy

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

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Tsaedje posted:

12-11 now,. Absolutely crazy

Equally crazy: McManus beating Higgins 13-11. McManus hasn't reached a ranking semi in ten years and it's been more than half his life since he did it in the World Championship.

Even more interesting is that with that win, we're now guaranteed to have an unseeded player in the final for only the fourth time this century. Only two qualifiers have ever won the title at the Crucible - Shaun Murphy in 2005 and Terry Griffiths in 1979 - but Ding Junhui at least has a very good chance of being the third.

DAAS Kapitalist
Nov 9, 2005

Jackass: The Mad Monk

Don't try this at home.


McManus looks totally shot.

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

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DAAS Kapitalist posted:

McManus looks totally shot.

Doesn't surprise me. He hates being called a veteran but he's not young, it's the longest tournament of the season, he's had no easy matches and he just had to win four on the skid to beat Higgins. There's only so much you can do in one fortnight.

HappyCamperGL
May 18, 2014



Never seen that before. Fu's tip just broke off as he was chalking it. Hope this doesn't affect him too much. He was starting to hit his stride.

Deteriorata
Feb 6, 2005
NOBODY HAS SUFFERED AS MUCH AS BOOMERS AND I WILL DEFEND THEM TO MY LAST BREATH

Well, that was an odd frame. A bit of Alphonse and Gaston, there.

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

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Ding and McManus have equalled the record for centuries in a Crucible semi-final. In the first two sessions of four.

Tsaedje
May 11, 2007

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Bloody hell that final frame was tense

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

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Tsaedje posted:

Bloody hell that final frame was tense

No kidding. I really thought Fu was going to get it when Selby gave away 20 points, but then he got them all back again.

Who do people fancy for the final? Selby has the past form, but I think Ding is playing better on the whole.

Alice Klar
Apr 13, 2016


I think Ding is the favourite - Selby has been looking tired and ragged his past few matches while Ding has been winning quite comfortably.

I'm more confused about who I want to win. Generally, I'll root for the underdog and the chance for a new champion - the first of his race, even - is appealing but Christ, did it have to be Ding Junhui? He has no personality. My wife theorised that he's China's latest advancement in robot technology. Against a guy so noted for his sense of humour, it shows all the more starkly.

HappyCamperGL
May 18, 2014



Ding should really win it. He's been playing the best, and has been getting better with each round.

Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

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Selby 6-0 up. Welp.

Tsaedje
May 11, 2007

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Never underestimate the pressure of having a billion people's expectations riding on you

HappyCamperGL
May 18, 2014



He's clawed back to 8-6 now. Really playing well now
.

Deteriorata
Feb 6, 2005
NOBODY HAS SUFFERED AS MUCH AS BOOMERS AND I WILL DEFEND THEM TO MY LAST BREATH

This 15th frame has been absolutely nuts. The strategic positional play is the best part of snooker.

HappyCamperGL
May 18, 2014



Lol at The 17th frame. Both players look absolutely dead on their feet.

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Gambrinus
Mar 1, 2005


HappyCamperGL posted:

Lol at The 17th frame. Both players look absolutely dead on their feet.

I did wonder if Ding was going to just say "gently caress it", write it off, and come back tomorrow.

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