Snooker UK Championship Highlights - Netflix

Hazer Irvine presents highlights of the days snooker action.

Type: Sports

Languages: English

Status: To Be Determined

Runtime: None minutes

Premier: 2016-11-26

Snooker UK Championship Highlights - Ronnie O'Sullivan - Netflix

Ronald Antonio O'Sullivan, (born 5 December 1975) is an English professional snooker player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he has been described by fellow professionals and commentators as a genius. A child prodigy, O'Sullivan began playing snooker at age 7, made his first competitive century break at the age of 10, and became British Under-16 Champion at age 13. He made his first competitive maximum break in 1991, aged 15, and won the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship as well as Junior Pot Black in the same year. He turned professional in 1992, aged 16, and achieved his first major professional success when he won the 1993 UK Championship at the age of 17 years and 358 days, making him the youngest player ever to win a ranking title, a record he still holds. He is also the youngest player ever to have won the Masters, having captured his first title in 1995 at the age of 19 years and 69 days. As of 1 April 2018, O'Sullivan has won five World Championships, a record seven Masters titles, and a joint record six UK Championships, equalling Stephen Hendry's record of 18 titles in Triple Crown tournaments. His career total of 33 ranking titles is second only to Hendry's 36, while his estimated career earnings of £9.7 million put him in first place on snooker's all-time prize-money list.[source] A prolific break-builder, he holds the records for the most competitive century breaks (948)[source], the most ratified maximum breaks in professional competition (14), and the fastest competitive maximum break, compiled at the 1997 World Championship. Based at the Legends Snooker Academy in Leytonstone, he also plays pool, and competed on the elite International Pool Tour in 2005. Throughout his career, O'Sullivan has been noted for his mercurial temperament, and has received multiple warnings and sanctions from snooker's governing body relating to his conduct and comments. He has an ambivalent relationship with the sport, from which he has taken prolonged sabbaticals and repeatedly threatened to retire.

Snooker UK Championship Highlights - 2013/2014 season: fifth Masters title and World Championship runner-up - Netflix

At the Masters, O'Sullivan defeated Robert Milkins 6–1 in the first round, before he whitewashed Ricky Walden 6–0 in the quarter-finals, a match that lasted just 57 minutes and 48 seconds. During the match he scored 556 points without reply, a new record in a professional event, beating the previous record of 495 points set by Ding Junhui at the 2007 Premier League Snooker. He defeated Stephen Maguire 6–2 in the semi-finals to reach a record tenth Masters final, surpassing the nine appearances by Stephen Hendry. Facing defending champion Mark Selby in the final, he took a 7–1 lead in the first session, before going on to a 10–4 victory for his fifth Masters title. On 22 January 2014, the Disciplinary Committee of the WPBSA issued a statement that O'Sullivan had been found in breach of the association's Members Rules. It fined him £6,000 and ordered him to pay £1,000 in costs over three posts on his personal Twitter account, made in September and October 2013, that it deemed damaging to the image of the sport. The first post related to match-fixing allegations, the second to a suggestion that he had used performance-enhancing drugs, and the third to a tweet that was described as “offensive”. The committee fined him an additional £1,000 for making “abusive, insulting and disrespectful” comments to referee Jan Verhaas during the December 2013 qualifying round for the German Masters. The incident arose after Verhaas asked O'Sullivan to tuck his shirt in during the match. O'Sullivan apologised for his conduct with the referee, stating that he felt unwell on the day and that the venue was overly warm. At the Welsh Open, O'Sullivan defeated Ricky Walden 4–1 in the last 16, John Higgins 5–1 in the quarter-finals, and Barry Hawkins 6–2 in the semi-finals. He defeated Ding Junhui 9–3 in the final to win his third Welsh Open title, and the 26th ranking title of his career. In the last frame of the final, he compiled a record 12th maximum break in professional competition, breaking the previous record of 11 maximum breaks that he had held jointly with Stephen Hendry. During the season O'Sullivan competed at the Players Tour Championship, and finished second on the European Tour Order of Merit, to qualify for the Players Championship Grand Final. There he defeated Scott Donaldson 4–0 in the last 32, but lost 3–4 against Yu Delu in the last 16, despite making a 140, the highest break of the tournament. At the World Championship, O'Sullivan began his title defence by beating Robin Hull 10–4 in the first round. Playing Joe Perry in the second round, O'Sullivan was behind for the first two sessions, but recovered to win the match 13–11. Up against Shaun Murphy in the 16th World Championship quarter-final of his career, O'Sullivan took 13 of the last 14 frames to win the match 13–3, with a session to spare. He defeated Barry Hawkins 17–7 in the semi-finals, also with a session to spare, to reach his sixth World Championship final. Facing Mark Selby in the final, O'Sullivan began strongly, taking a 10–5 lead, but lost 10 of the next 12 frames to trail 12–15. He went on to lose 14–18, his first ever defeat in a World Championship final. At around 1:30 a.m., on their way home from the final, O'Sullivan and his six-year-old son were involved in a car crash. Neither O'Sullivan nor his son were injured. After the World Championship, a new ranking system took effect, based on a two-year rolling prize money list rather than ranking points. This meant that O'Sullivan ended the season ranked number 4.

O'Sullivan started the 2013/2014 season ranked number 19. Although he was out of the top 16, winning the World Championship the previous season allowed him to be seeded in every tournament he decided to enter (number 1 in World Championship 2014 and number 2, behind the defending champion, for all the others. For personal reasons, he pulled out of the first ranking tournament of the season, the Wuxi Classic, shortly before he was due to face Michael Wasley in the qualifying round. In June 2013 he competed in the Bulgarian Open, his first tournament appearance outside England in 15 months, but lost 2–4 against John Higgins in the semi-finals. He went on to win the Paul Hunter Classic by defeating Gerard Greene 4–0 in the final. O'Sullivan then qualified for the International Championship by defeating Joel Walker 6–1 in the qualifying round, and defeated Anthony McGill 6–2 at the venue, before losing 4–6 against Liang Wenbo in the last 32. After that O'Sullivan reached the final of the Antwerp Open, but lost 3–4 against Mark Selby, despite leading 3–1. In the Champion of Champions he defeated Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson in final frame deciders and went on to win the title by defeating Stuart Bingham 10–8 in the final. He reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship, but lost 4–6 against Bingham, despite making breaks of 135 and 127 in the match.

Snooker UK Championship Highlights - References - Netflix