The Ball – ‘Flying’ Thai takes Williams after Selby and Ronnie: In ‘Socks’ of Grand Prix (Snooker)

Thai Noppon Sengkham, 30, solely thirty second within the hierarchy, who certified for the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix final Thursday evening in Cheltenham (England) with a victory over 47-12 months-outdated Welshman Mark Williams, has been a fairytale or dream week for him, seventh within the hierarchy and three-time world champion. (2000, 2003 and 2018), 5-3, concluded within the first recreation of the ‘quarters’.

Three video games, three world champions defeated and the holy giants of billiards’ most medial type went ‘on the mat’ in Cheltenham. In three video games the Asian sensation: in ’16avos’ he defeated the Englishman Mark Selby, the second-ranked and 4-time world champion (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2021) by 4-1.

‘In the eighth and second recreation, Nopon Senkham gained the event title (2022), the primary rating and the seven-time world champion (2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020 and 2022). Englishman Ronnie O’Sullivan, 4-2. This Thursday evening ‘OkayO’, by him, ‘The Welsh Potting Machine’ (Mark Williams).

Ask for extra and higher? inconceivable A event really feel is discovered. Three champions that add as much as a mixed 14 world titles. And you’ll nonetheless discover the fourth world champion… 2019, however solely within the remaining, the 33-12 months-outdated Englishman Judd Trump.

For now, Sengkham equaled his finest efficiency on the circuit, reaching the semi-finals, his finest file on the circuit, the fifth time, having misplaced the earlier 4 (World Six Reds in 2015/16, Open de Wales 2017/18, World Open 2018/19 and British Open 2022/ 23).

Sengkham will now face Northern Irishman Mark Allen, 36, within the first semi-remaining on Friday twentieth of this month (7pm), who defeated the house participant (born in Cheltenham). ), English participant Jack Lisowski, 31 years outdated, twelfth within the hierarchy, within the different recreation of the ‘Quarters’ of this present day’s evening session in ‘Black’ (5-4).

The World Grand Prix, the 2023/24 season occasion of world snooker reserved for the ‘Top 16’ within the rankings for one 12 months, will happen on the Grand Hall of Cheltenham Racecourse (England) till the twenty second (€434,137) in prizes, of which £100 thousand (€114,247) will go to the long run winner and Portugal (Eurosport) are despatched.

The final two video games of the ‘Quarters’, Friday, at 13:00 – Anthony McGill vs Sean Murphy and Jude Trump with Xiao Guodong will nonetheless be performed in the most effective of 9 events: the primary ‘half’ to win 5 (5-0 to doable 5-4).

The semi-finals – and it ought to be famous that, if Allen and Knoppon play the primary match on Friday evening, the second match will likely be performed on Saturday evening (7pm) – are already the most effective of 11 ‘frames’: they advance to Sunday’s remaining in six frames. The winners had been first (6-0 to a doable 6-5).

The World Grand Prix Final on the twenty second of this month will likely be performed over two classes (13 and 19 hours) with the most effective of 19 ‘frames’: eight sections will likely be performed within the afternoon and an additional 11 that night. The first to win ten would be the champion (from 10-0 to 10-9).

Round of 16 (chosen in black):

Nopon Sengkham, Tai – Ronnie O’Sullivan, Eng, 4-2

Zhou Yuelong, Chn – Jack Lisowski, Eng2-4

Mark Allen, IRN – Joe O’Connor, Eng, 4-3

Mark Williams, Gal – Ding Junhui, Chn, 4-0

Xiao Guodong, Chn -Ryan Day, Gal, 4-1

Luca Bresel, Bell – Judd Trump, Eng0-4

Sam Craigie, Eng – Anthony McGill, Esc0-4

Kieren Wilson, Eng – Sean Murphy, Eng2-4

Final Quarter:

Mark Allen, IRN -Jack Lisowski, Eng, 5-4

Nopon Sengkham, Tai – Mark Williams, Gal, 5-3

Sean Murphy, Eng – Anthony McGill, Esc (sixth, 1pm)

Jude Trump, Eng – Xiao Guodong, Chn (Friday, 1pm)

Semi Finals:

Mark Allen, IRN – Noppon Sengkham, Tai (Friday, 7pm)

Sean Murphy, Eng / Anthony McGill, Esc -Judd Trump, Eng / Xiao Guodong, Chn (Sat, 7pm)


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