Week 1 of the Snooker World Championship has ended and the fiery aspirations of many have been doused while those victorious move on to the next round. There were close matches and others were dominated the entire way through. In case you missed it, here are the highlights of Week 1 of the 2014 Snooker World Championship.
Week 1 Highlights
You find a list of the initial match ups by jumping over to our Snooker World Championship Pre-Report. The fun began on April 19th at The Crucible and will culminate on May 5. 2014.
O’Sullivan vs Perry
Ronnie O’Sullivan started out flat in his match up against Joe Perry. The defending champ later proved why he owned the title by edging Perry out by 2 in the last 16. In the end, O’Sullivan proved to be masterful at capitalizing on costly mistakes made by his opponent. You can read a play by play on the O’Sullivan vs. Perry match up on BBC. O’Sullivan will advance to face either Shaun Murphy or Marco Fu in the quarter finals.
Robertson vs Williams
Neil Robertson recorded the highest break of the tournament with a clearance of 140. The 2010 Snooker World Champion is showing that he’s still capable of reclaiming his title. Robertson won the final 2 frames needed to seal a 10-2 win over Robbie Williams.
Carter vs Selby
Ali Carter trailed Mark Selby 5-3 after the first session of their second-round match. The Carter vs Selby match up was a nail-biter. Selby pulled ahead by as much as 4 frames early on but Carter regained ground as the match progressed. Carter owned frames 1-8 with breaks of 102 and 110. Selby started slow and took the lead after winning four consecutive frames. Selby was able to clinch the final frame 82-19.
Dale vs Davis
Dominic Dale defeated Mark Davis 10-5 in round one. The final was 10-5 over Davis. This is Dale’s first win at The Crucible since 2000. Dale will go on to face Michael Wasley who is making his Snooker World Championship debut this year. Wasley may be a player to watch. He defeated Ding Junhui in round one. If you might recall, Junhui is World Number Two. Dale is hoping that his lucky pair of black and white striped shoes will lead him to victory.
“They are my lucky shoes so I will probably be wearing them in the next match…I bought them in the Royal Arcade in Cardiff – black and white zebra stripes. Every Home should have a pair. I am feeling confident about beating Michael – of course I am – but he will probably be pleased he is playing me.”
-Dominic “Spaceman” Dale World Number 24