It’s been another year of immense drama on the World Snooker circuit.
From history making moments to huge shocks, Snooker Chat looks back at some of snooker’s biggest highlights during what has been an eventful 2019 on the baize.
Let’s hope 2020 gives us even more fascinating moments.
Judd Trump – world champion at last
For many years many fans and those inside the game have believed Judd Trump’s natural talent on the table would one day make him a world champion.
But since breaking onto the scene eight years ago, Trump had never achieved the honour all snooker players dream of – victory at the Crucible.
But May 2019 was the time when he, after many previous setbacks, finally conquered the world.
After thrashing Ronnie O’Sullivan to lift his first Masters title just a few months before, Trump carried on the same form to win his first World Championship title.
Spells of memorising and out-of-this-world snooker against John Higgins saw him dominate the final as he claimed Crucible glory after so many years of promise and near misses.
Ronnie O’Sullivan breaks amazing 1,000 centuries landmark
One of snooker’s most incredible moments of 2019 saw Ronnie O’Sullivan accomplish an achievement no snooker player has done before – and he did it in superb style.
The five-times world champion made his 1,000th career century break to seal the Players Championship trophy in Cheltenham against Neil Robertson.
Roared on by a enthralled crowd, O’Sullivan potted the red required with his left hand – one of many shots which once again truly showed his incredible talent.
Legendary snooker commentator Clive Everton said: “It’s the storybook ending. He wins the title with his 1,000th century. What a player.”
Snooker legend Stephen Hendry described O’Sullivan as “the ultimate break builder”.
Judd Trump THRASHES Ronnie O’Sullivan to win first Masters title
For years Ronnie O’Sullivan has been seen brushing aside his opponents in major finals with relative ease, due to the incredible talent he possesses.
But the start of 2019 saw something quite incredible – the ball was turned on the other foot.
And it was Judd Trump who provided it.
A brilliant performance saw Trump outclass O’Sullivan in the opening session of the Masters final. Playing at his fluent best Trump sailed into a 4-0 lead against the seven-times Masters champion who in that time could only score 45 points.
Trump then raced into a 7-1 interval lead before sealing the match 10-4. An impressive way to win the Masters for the first time. It was O’Sullivan’s biggest defeat in a Triple Crown final.
Amateur James Cahill beats Ronnie O’Sullivan in major World Championship shock
It was a result that shook the entire snooker world.
Five times world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan looked to have secured a rather easy passage to the second round of the World Championship when he was drawn against debutant James Cahill – the first amateur player to make the TV stages at the Crucible.
But snooker fans were in for a major surprise.
Unknown to many Cahill took advantage of a sloppy O’Sullivan performance and produced one of the greatest World Championship shocks in history by beating the then world number one 10-8.
Jimmy White WINS at the Crucible
The snooker world was full of joy in August when Jimmy White finally ended years of hurt by lifting a trophy at the home of the sport.
The whirlwind, who suffered an agonising SIX World Championship final defeats at the Crucible, managed to lift the World Seniors Trophy at the same venue – ending years of despair.
White beat Welshman Darren Morgan 5-3 to win the trophy and £25,000. The victory helped him secure a place in the Champion of Champions event in November, which he lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round.
Reanne Evans competes in the Champion of Champions
All eyes were on twelve-times women’s world champion Reanne Evans when she qualified for the Champion of Champions in November.
The talented Dudley potter faced former world champion Shaun Murphy in the opening round and almost produced a sensational victory.
After a poor start, Evans came back in style from 3-0 down to force a final frame decider.
But Murphy had the better of the final frame to knock Evans out of the invitational competition.
The match was a big win for snooker and a game changer for the women’s game.
David Gilbert breaks down in tears after agonising final frame defeat in World Championship semi-final
This year will be remembered for David Gilbert breaking through as a real contender for major honours.
His brilliant run in the World Championship was his best performance yet and he was so close to reaching the final – one frame to be precise.
But a determined John Higgins edged him in a quality semi-final – arguably one of the best ever – which was enjoyed by millions of snooker fans.
After the match, and quite understandably, Gilbert’s emotions got the better of him as he broke down in tears in his press conference after the match but revealed his pride in how far he came.
Ding back to his brilliant best in York
The past few years has been a struggle for China’s number one Ding Junhui.
A long run without silverware – more than five years in the UK – has seen him slide down the list of major title contenders in recent times.
But the end of 2019 saw Ding get his mojo back as he lifted the UK Championship with a comfortable win over Stephen Maguire – it was his first UK Championship triumph in ten years.
En route Ding beat Ronnie O’Sullivan with a performance which showed he can still deliver his A game on the world snooker tour.
Ding is back and could follow Judd Trump’s footsteps by winning his first World Championship title in 2020.
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