With all the talk about Brexit, it is a refreshing change to be able catch up with the snooker instead. Currently in the Round Robin stage, players get several chances to prove their worth. Some people don’t like this format but for me this is a refreshing alternative. The player may have a bad, first match but he or she get more avenues to play well. On day two of the tournament this theory can be seen to be proven with some of the first day defeats reversed into victories. Jimmy White proved such a feat by winning a close match against Ryan Day, 5-4, Thailand’s own, James Wattana beat Kurt Dunham, 5-2. Elsewhere, last year’s victor, Kyren Wilson marched on with his crusade to win this tournament for the second year. He had two impressive wins with a 5-2 victory over Mohamed Shehab from the United Arab Emirates and a close battle with Mark Selby, won him the match on a deciding frame, 5-4.
The usual suspects of the top sixteen all did well with Ding Junhui winning against Noppon Saengkham, 5-3, a close battle ensued between Graeme Dott and Mark Williams with Mark closing the match out, 5-4. Wins also came for Stuart Bingham, John Higgins and Joe Perry.With the snooker elite, topping all the groups, A-H, it seems unlikely at this stage that a surprise player could win this title but due to the group stage permutations, there is of course still time. It would be great if a Thai winner emerged as a winner but perhaps the strength of the other 31 players is too strong.
The setting of the Six Reds Championship looks fantastic and hopefully there won’t be the same issue in Bangkok as there is in China where a swathe of empty seats often occurs but I must admit in Thailand the seats look very comfortable with a design that would not look out of place in your living room. Snooker does deserve an element of comfort due to the number of hours you remain seated. I can say that from personal experience. Host countries could learn a lot from the hospitality and kind nature of this great country.
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