Ding ‘deserves’ to win World Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan is backing Ding Junhui to rediscover his best form and fight for a world title “he deserves”.Ding’s form has been disappointing this season, with his best performance being a run to the third round of the English Open, but he showed better signs in his loss to O'Sullivan in the Welsh Open on…

Alex Livie

Ronnie O’Sullivan is backing Ding Junhui to rediscover his easiest form and battle for a world title “he deserves”.

Ding’s form has been disappointing this season, with his easiest efficiency being a lag to the third spherical of the English Originate, nonetheless he showed greater indicators in his loss to O’Sullivan within the Welsh Originate on Thursday.

His barren lag dates relief to the 2019 UK Championship, and he has slipped to 31 within the sphere rankings – whereas he’s down at 85 on the one-twelve months checklist.

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Ding will must qualify to earn a plot on the World Championship subsequent month, nonetheless it’s a stage O’Sullivan feels the three-time UK Championship winner deserves to grace.

O’Sullivan feels Ding can obtain relief to his easiest and believes his lag to the closing of the 2016 World Championship, where he beat the Rocket and pushed Trace Selby laborious within the closing, will stand him in lawful stead in future.

“I came off that sport thinking the right man potentially won,” O’Sullivan told Eurosport of his loss to Ding on the Crucible in 2016. “To clutch Selby the gap he did in that match, it said extra to me in those two matches than what he had accomplished over his total profession.

“There develop to be doubt about whether he had that stamina or the ability to head the burly hog.

“Selby won the match. Ding never crumbled, and he went to the wire and I deem one day that is going to face him in lawful stead.

“Confidently the next time he will get to the semis or closing, he’ll be a player who can obtain to grips with it a diminutive greater and perhaps reach out victorious and pronounce that world title I deem he deserves.”

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O’Sullivan has always spoken positively about Ding, and he has praised his ability to regulate the cue ball and obtain breaks.

“Per chance each and each snooker player on the circuit thinks he deserves it (world title) as he might perhaps probably additionally be the one positional player that we’ve ever had within the sport across the balls,” O’Sullivan said.

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