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  • Rane
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    Originally posted by fkhan View Post
    3-1 to Jack on one table and on the other it’s still frame number 1.
    Two of the tours fastest players. It´s just that you don´t think of MW as fast because of his laidback style.

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  • fkhan
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    3-1 to Jack on one table and on the other it’s still frame number 1.

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  • DeanH
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    now 3-0 to JL with a 100 and a lovely shot from pink on its spot to push the black off the side cushion up to the yellow pocket

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  • fkhan
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    Wow, Jack is 2-0 clear of Williams.

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  • JimMalone
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    Originally posted by Odrl View Post
    Stevens has certainly had some memorable losses in matches where he clearly should have won, but I think he still had a very strong career up to about 2007. Yes, his record in major finals is awful, but he contested most of them in arguably the strongest period snooker has ever seen, losing to the likes of Higgins, Williams, Hendry and O'Sullivan, which is nothing to be ashamed of. I think the point where it all went downhill for him though was when Paul Hunter died, because Stevens went from being one of the very best players in the world to basically not being a factor in the game at all, and all in the space of a year or so. He was only 30 at the time, so he could have done so much more in the game...

    Anyway, nice to see Barry Hawkins playing well in the first half of the season for a change. Last year it took him about seven months to get his first decent result of the season.
    That's certainly right to a point and I agree about the sad passing of his good friend Paul Hunter being a key in dragging Stevens down. But I think the loss against Shaun Murphy in the 2005 World Championship final bears a heavy role in his descent as well. It's true that some of his memorable losses came against the top players and he also won some important matches against great competition as his one UK Championship win, when he beat Hendry 10-8 in the final. But in that Crucible final against Murphy he was the favorite and had a 10-6 lead and let it slip away. His following season was especially awful and then Hunter's death one year later probably was too much.

    It's not that Stevens had a bad career. He went to two World Championship finals and won the UK Championship. But as he was early hailed as a coming World Champion some see it as a bit of a disappointment. And I think that in terms of mentality he wasn't on par with the elite class of Hendry, Higgins, etc. and this was probably the biggest difference, regardless of what might have been the reasons for it.

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  • Neil Taperell
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    I wonder if Stevens can have a resurgence like Williams ???

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  • fkhan
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    Originally posted by the lone wolf View Post
    Fu had an eye op midway through last season
    Ok. I didn’t know that. Hard luck for him today. David Gilbert out played him.

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  • Odrl
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    Originally posted by JimMalone View Post
    Haven't read anything.

    I think he had to much of a mental wekaness sometimes. That cost him.
    Stevens has certainly had some memorable losses in matches where he clearly should have won, but I think he still had a very strong career up to about 2007. Yes, his record in major finals is awful, but he contested most of them in arguably the strongest period snooker has ever seen, losing to the likes of Higgins, Williams, Hendry and O'Sullivan, which is nothing to be ashamed of. I think the point where it all went downhill for him though was when Paul Hunter died, because Stevens went from being one of the very best players in the world to basically not being a factor in the game at all, and all in the space of a year or so. He was only 30 at the time, so he could have done so much more in the game...

    Anyway, nice to see Barry Hawkins playing well in the first half of the season for a change. Last year it took him about seven months to get his first decent result of the season.

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  • fkhan
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    Hawkins is through to the semifinals. Fu on the brink of a defeat.

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  • JimMalone
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    Originally posted by neil taperell View Post
    No news on why Matthew Stevens pulled out ?

    Always liked the way he plays the game , looks so natural . A player that I think should have won a lot more in the game .
    Haven't read anything.

    I think he had to much of a mental wekaness sometimes. That cost him.

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  • Neil Taperell
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    No news on why Matthew Stevens pulled out ?

    Always liked the way he plays the game , looks so natural . A player that I think should have won a lot more in the game .

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  • DeanH
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    2018 World Open

    yep some muscular issue around the back of the eye I think. Earlier this year iirc

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  • the lone wolf
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    Originally posted by fkhan View Post
    Fu’s eye operation? By the way, I think Williams will win the tournament.
    Fu had an eye op midway through last season

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  • fkhan
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    Originally posted by DeanH View Post
    It certainly looks like his eye op was successful
    Fu’s eye operation? By the way, I think Williams will win the tournament.

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  • JimMalone
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    Marco with breaks of 118, 103, 96 and 93.
    It's fantastic to see him in that kind of form again.

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