Congratulations to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who has this morning defeated Liang Wenbo 8-2 to become the first Thai player to win the Sangsom Six Red World Championship on home soil in Bangkok.
Stephen Maguire described his 2013/14 campaign as a ‘season from hell’ for him, but the Scot has already ensured that the new season will be a better one as he came back from 6-3 and 7-5 down to defeat Ricky Walden and win the 2014 Sangsom Six Red World Championship in Thailand this evening.
Following Mark Allen’s victory at the Paul Hunter Classic last weekend, all has been quiet on the snooker front and of course that is due to the fact that the AT2 event, previously scheduled to take place this week, has not gone ahead for reasons unspecified by World Snooker.
Next week however, a number of top professionals and amateurs return to action at the 6 Red World Championship event in Thailand, which takes up its customary spot in the calendar ahead of the following week’s Shanghai Masters.
Congratulations to Mark Davis, who has today defeated Neil Robertson 8-4 to successfully defend the Six Red World Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.
Early in the match it looked as though there might be a different outcome, as world number one Robertson started strongly to move into a 3-1 lead, however Davis hit back to take six consecutive frames, leaving him just one away from victory.
Though Robertson was to pull one back, Davis was not to be denied his second world title in Bangkok and his third in all, taking into account his Killarney success four years ago against Mark Williams.
Quite why Mark’s record is so outstanding in six red snooker is difficult to explain, of course Mark is an excellent player in all forms of the game, but it would appear to be more than coincidence that he in particular has been so successful at the event.
Earlier in the week, Mark defeated the likes of Mark Selby and John Higgins, as well as Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng, while the ever-consistent Robertson saw off Shaun Murphy and Stuart Bingham in the latter stages.
Next week sees the staging of the General Cup International from Hong Kong, while ranking event snooker will then return the following week, with the final stages of the Shanghai Masters event as John Higgins looks to defend the title that he won 12 months ago.
Following a rare snooker free week in the wake of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s victory at the ET4 event last weekend, the action resumes on Monday with the return of the 6 Red World Championship, from Bangkok, Thailand.
While not everybody’s cup of tea, the event will again be broadcast by Eurosport and ahead of the Shanghai Masters later this month, sees a stellar line-up of snooker’s top players in action during the group phase.
Among them, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy, Mark Williams, Stephen Maguire, Ken Doherty, Matthew Stevens, Stuart Bingham, John Higgins, Ricky Walden, Barry Hawkins and of course defending champion Mark Davis have entered the event, as well as a series of other well known professional and amateur players.
My thoughts on 6 Red snooker remain largely as they were a year ago when I wrote this piece, in that I do not see any harm in the event and understand its popularity in Asia, however given a choice between that and 15-red snooker, the latter would win on every occasion.
Still though, it should be worth a watch and you can follow all of the latest results and group tables at snooker org by clicking here.