5 things we learned from the World Championship From The Oxford Times This year it was down to just 5,000 and that made players perhaps more reluctant to chase the feat, choosing best price for ray ban wayfarer easier balls to make sure of frames rather than targeting the crowd pleasing, wallet stuffing 147.
According to Barry Hearn, the World Snooker chairman, the six figure rewards belong in the past. Maybe so too are Crucible 147s the last having come in 2012. 2) Rein it in, reap the rewards(Nigel French/PA) Judd Trump said on the eve of the tournament it was his time to step up and lift the trophy. I ready for it, my mindset is there and it about being as mentally tough off the table as you are on the table, said the 2011 runner up. He was talking a bold, big game, yet against all odds lost to rank outsider Rory McLeod in the first round. A little confidence is fine but the supremely talented rb sunglasses Trump might benefit next year from making a more understated start to his stay in Sheffield, rather than putting immediate pressure on himself. 3) China day will comeYan Bingtao has a promising future (Danny Lawson/PA) The snooker boom in the Far East has yet to see the region produce a world champion but surely it won be long now. Ding Junhui is knocking hard on the door and pushed Mark Selby hard in their semi final while 17 year old Yan Bingtao gave Shaun Murphy a major fright in the first round. Yan became the first player born this century to appear at the Crucible and he ban ray sunglasses looks a remarkable player.
4) Class is permanent(Steven Paston/PA) John Higgins feared his days of challenging at the Crucible were over after a run of dismal defeats but over the past two years he has found champion class again and his run to the final in Sheffield was a welcome reminder the Scot glass ray ban sunglasses at his best is a treat to watch. He turns 42 later this month and was the oldest finalist since 49 year old Ray Reardon lost to Alex Higgins in 1982. Yet age is proving no barrier to this late career renaissance.
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