Neil Robertson (@1.53) vs Ding Junhui (@2.5)

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Neil Robertson will win

Neil Robertson – Ding Junhui Match Prediction | 11-09-2019 07:30

He beat Jamie Burnett 102 in the first round, advancing to the last 16 of the World Championship for the fourth consecutive year.[35] He played Stuart Bingham in the second round; at one point he was losing 912 with his opponent needing one frame for victory but Ding made a comeback, winning four consecutive frames to win 1312 and reach the quarter-finals of the world championship for the first time in his career.[36] In his quarter-final with Mark Selby, Ding led 106 after the first two sessions of the match. Ding had a career-best run at the 2011 World Snooker Championship. Ding won the match 1310 to set up a semi-final against Judd Trump.[37] In their semi-final, Ding and Trump were level at 1212 after the third session. In the last session, Trump built momentum and led 1412 but Ding won the next three frames with a 138 break to tie Mark King for highest tournament break and a 119 break. Selby built strong momentum by winning the first four frames of the last session to level at 1010.

In December 2006, Ding won three gold medals at the 2006 Asian Games, winning the single, double and team snooker competitions. At the 2006 China Open, Ding lost 62 in the semi-finals to eventual winner Mark Williams. During the Northern Ireland Trophy event, he beat Stephen Lee 61 and played Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final, which he won 96 to win his third ranking tournament,[12] becoming the third person under 20 to do so after O'Sullivan and John Higgins.[12][13] Ding's win in Northern Ireland pushed his provisional ranking up to number five.

Mark Williams vs Martin Gould

Ding started the 2011/2012 season at the Wuxi Classic, where he lost 56 against Mark Selby in the semi-finals,[39] and for the first time could not reach the tournament's final.[40] At the World Cup, Ding and Liang Wenbo partnered to represent China.

He beat Mark Allen and Mark Williams in the opening two rounds, before facing Trump in the semi-finals for the second successive major tournament.[33] He exacted revenge for his defeat in York a month earlier by winning 63 and said after the match that he had been spurred on by fans cheering when Trump fluked shots.[34] Such was Robertson's feeling that he lacked support from the local crowd, he offered to buy a pint of beer for anyone attending his matches in an Australian hat or shirt,[35] but only one person heeded this call in his semi final match against Mark Williams. In his first Masters final he opened up a 53 lead over Murphy in the first session and, although he lost the first frame upon the resumption of play, won four frames in a row to stand on the edge of the title. Robertson won the 2012 Masters by defeating Shaun Murphy 106 in the final.

2 in the following season. In the quarter-finals he defeated Steve Davis 135. In his second round match against Martin Gould Robertson trailed 06 and 511 before recovering to win the match 1312. At the 2010 World Championship, Robertson defeated Fergal O'Brien 105 in the first round. He faced Ali Carter in the semi-finals, winning 1712 to reach the final. There he defeated 2006 champion Graeme Dott 1813 to become only the third player from outside the UK (and only the second from outside the UK and Ireland), and the first Australian, to become world champion in the modern era of the game.[16] The win took him to a career-high ranking of No.

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Murphy won the Champion of Champions and reached several ranking event finals last season but since relocating to Ireland in the summer his game has been in tatters. Murphy is on a bit of a hiding to nothing in this one and he could find himself in trouble if he cant stamp his authority on the contest quickly. What has happened to Shaun Murphy? The Magician has lost all of his tricks and has been a constant loser in the early rounds of ranking events this season. Probably the most damning statistic is that, on the one-year rankings list, Murphy squeaks just inside the top 50 at number 48. That youthful exuberance could stand the rookie in good stead and Murphy isnt a stranger to disappointing defeats to young Chinese players, with Yan Bingtao, Zhao Xintong, and Yuan Sijun all notably taking the scalp of the 2005 world champion as inexperienced challengers in the past. Luo Honghao, meanwhile, is another one of the Chinese debutants and at 19 is the only teenager in the field.

During the 2009 Masters Robertson and opponent Stephen Maguire set a record of 5 consecutive century breaks. Robertson made 2 centuries, and Maguire made 3, with the 3rd sealing a 63 win over the Australian. After a disappointing start to the 2008/2009 season, Robertson reached the final of the 2008 Bahrain Championship, where he played Matthew Stevens. At the 2009 World Championship Robertson defeated Steve Davis, Ali Carter and Stephen Maguire to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time, before losing to Shaun Murphy 1417 (after at one stage recovering from 714 behind to level at 1414). The match lasted almost 6 hours in total, with the Australian edging it 97.

He made his breakthrough in the 2006/2007 season.[10] After finishing top of his group at the 2006 Grand Prix's round robin stage (he lost only one match: his opener against Nigel Bond by 23), Robertson then beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 51 in the quarter-finals of the event. He beat Alan McManus 62 in the semis, to reach his first major final, where he faced a fellow first-time finalist, the unseeded Jamie Cope, whom he beat comfortably by 95 to win his first ever professional ranking tournament.[11] The win earned Robertson 60,000, his highest amount of money earned in one tournament. So he went on to the semi-finals, being only the fourth Australian ever to do so in a ranking event.

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He did so by winning three matches, conceding seven frames. With this victory, Ding became the first Asian player to reach the final of the World Championship.[97][98] He made 15 century breaks during the championship, one short of the record of 16 set by Stephen Hendry in the 2002 Championship. He compiled his 400th century break of his career during this run. Ding beat Martin Gould by 108 and Judd Trump by 1310 in the first and second rounds, respectively.[95][96] He defeated Mark Williams 133 in the quarter-finals and Alan McManus 1711 in the semi-final , during which he set a new record of seven century breaks; the most scored by a single player in a World Championship match at the Crucible Theatre. Ding made the sixth 147 break of his career in the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open against Neil Robertson; Ding also made a 120 but these were the only frames he won and he was defeated 52.[93]At the World Grand Prix, Ding beat Ben Woollaston 43, Peter Ebdon 40 and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 43 to reach his first semi-final of the season against Shaun Murphy, which he lost 63.[92] In the quarter-finals of the PTC Finals, Ding was defeated 42 by Barry Hawkins and he lost 51 to Lee Walker in China Open qualifying.[94] Ding, who had won five ranking events two seasons before had left the world's top 16 and needed to qualify for the World Championship.

Ding was defeated in the first round of the next two consecutive tournaments, losing 52 to Stephen Maguire in the 2007 Malta Cup[19] and 51 to Jamie Cope in the Welsh Open.[20] In March 2007, Ding qualified for the televised stages of the 2007 World Championship for the first time after beating Mark Davis in the final qualifying round.[21] His losing streak in ranking tournaments continued with a 53 loss to Barry Hawkins in the first round of the China Open and a 102 loss against O'Sullivan at the World Championship. Despite this, he ended the season ranked at number nine.

Mark Selby vs Zhao Xintong

Another mouthwatering prospect in this bracket of the 2019 World Snooker Championship draw is the match between Mark Allen and Zhou Yuelong. The Northern Irishman has been one of the players of the season, although things have gone a touch quiet since he captured a brace of ranking titles and reached the UK Championship final at the end of the calendar year. Still, while Zhou should represent a decent workout for Allen, its hard to look past the 33 year-old in terms of reaching the last 16 on this occasion. Allen skipped the China Open, an unusual decision that cost him his spot in an easier looking top half of the draw. Zhou is one of the leading protagonists in the huge pack of young Chinese stars that are emerging. To some critics out there, the Chinese players are often unfairly being labeled as failures and underachievers, which is somewhat hilarious considering the majority of them are either teenagers or in their early twenties. The 2009 semi-finalist will be hoping that the advantage to all that will be a fresh outlook ahead of the sports most vigurous examination.

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He won two frames from 1613 down but missed a blue in the next frame and lost 1715. Ding was eliminated from the China Open in quarter-finals after losing 51 to Kyren Wilson.[107] At the World Championship, Ding beat Zhou Yuelong in the first round by 105 and, after leading 62 and 97, Liang Wenbo was leading Ding 1311 in the second round. Despite a career-record ten losses and two wins prior to the match, Ding won 1310.[109][110] In his semi-final with Mark Selby, Ding made two consecutive centuries to end the third session at 1212. Ding made a 132 break to level the match and a 70 in the decider to progress with a score of 1312.[108] He played Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals.