WSS ROKiT Phones.com 2019 World Championship – Jimmy White is your Champion!

After six heatbreaking defeats in finals at the Crucible, Jimmy White’s dream finally came true! Yesterday evening he became World Seniors Snooker Champion in the iconic venue! He beat Darren Morgan by 5-3 in an excellent final.

Here is the report by WPBSA:

White Wins at the Crucible

19th August 2019

Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White has defeated Darren Morgan 5-3 to win his second ROKiT Phones.com World Seniors Snooker Championship title at the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

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Held at the undisputed home of snooker for the first time, the four-day event saw both White and Morgan come through a field of 20 players comprised of former greats champions and amateur qualifiers from across the globe to contest the title match.

The final would prove to be a tightly contested affair during which the players were never separated by more than a single frame until the final ball was potted.

Former world number eight Morgan drew first blood with a clearance to the pink from the last red to take the opening frame, before White countered a break of 55 with a dish of his own to level the scores.

The following two frames were also shared as the pair headed to the interval locked at 2-2, before 10-time ranking event winner White hit the front for the first time with a break of 53.

It was Morgan’s turn to respond positively as he claimed the sixth frame for 3-3, before White hit a match-high break of 86 to move one away from finally breaking his Crucible duck, having famously lost in the final on six occasions at the professional World Championship.

As the tension grew, it appeared as though the final was destined to head for a deciding-frame as Morgan established a useful advantage with the remaining reds awkwardly placed.

White, however, had other ideas as he fought back to within five points with two reds remaining, before eventually earning what would prove to be a match-clinching chance to seal an emotional victory at the Crucible Theatre.

The success comes an incredible 38 years after White made his Crucible debut back in 1981 and earns him the top prize of £25,000. The success caps a fantastic season which has already seen the 57-year-old claim victories at the Irish Seniors Masters and the 6-Red World Seniors Championship tournaments.

“It sounds strange to be world champion at the Crucible,” said White. “I have been playing really well, I lost the form on Thursday coming here and today I managed to get my game together and I felt very strong. I am delighted to win because [Darren] Morgan plays all of the time, he is a top amateur, so he is very sharp. I knew I had a tough match, it looked like it was going to go 4-4 so it could have been anybody’s and sometimes you have got to take these opportunities.

“On Thursday I was playing fantastic stuff and I went to Barnsley [for the China Championship qualifiers] and lost 5-4 after I should have won and everything just went out of the window.

“Tony Knowles [former world number two] said to me that I wasn’t standing right and that my back leg needed to lock like years ago. I actually looked at a couple of videos last night and he was right, my back leg used to be straight. It gave me a lot of confidence today and I potted some real good long balls. A great example was the red to get in to win the match, you are even money to get them anyway but it was a great cueing shot.”

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WSS ROKiT Phones.com 2019 World Championship – QF Day in pictures!

Those are the results of the QF at the Crucible yesterday:

Session 1

Aaron Canavan 1-3 Leo Fernandez
Jimmy White 3-2 Stuart Watson

Session 2

Stephen Hendry 1-3 Darren Morgan
James Wattana 3-1 Chen Gang

The defending Champion, Aaron Canavan is out but deserves huge praise for the way he supported  the tour as a World Champion. Yesterday was no exception. Aaron was extremely gracious in defeat, wishing his opponent the best of luck and wowing to give it his all to requalify and come back next year hopefully. Good luck Aaron!

Jimmy White is through to the semi finals, but probaly only because of a huge slice of bad luck hitting his opponent Stuart Watson. Stuart was absolutely devastated. He played brilliant snooker at the Crucible and should be very proud. Hopefully he will be able to take the positives in a couple of days. This was the end of the decider:

2019 World Seniors Championship: Jimmy White – Stuart Watson (end of the final frame)

Stephen Hendry was beaten by Darren Morgan, which didn’t surprise me. Stephen continues to play the way he always did, taking ultra attacking shots, but he doesn’t have the game for that anymore. He still knocks some amazing balls but the consistency is gone and, with the type of game he plays, he’s bound to leave a lot to his opponents when missing. Darren is a quality player and he duly took advantage.

James Wattana and Chen Gang delivered a quality match. It’s bit of a pity for Chen that he played James at this stage. IMO he played better than some of the semi finalists…

Here are the pictures!

The morning session was devoted to showcasing Women Snooker.

The Women Tour Championship saw Reanne Evans win once again!

The four ladies involved offered the audience an entertaining and high quality session. It was really a wonderful advert for the women’s game. Willie Thorne for instance admitted that he never usually watches it, but he was mightily impressed by the quality on display.

SF1 : Reanne Evans beat Nutcharut Wongharuthai

SF2: On Yee Ng beat Rebecca Kenna

Final:  Reanne Evans beat On Yee Ng

Here are the pictures: