Saturday, May 12, 2007

John Higgins wins the Snooker World Championship - again

John Higgins from Scotland won the 888.Com World Snooker Championship.

In the final he beat tournament surprise Mark Selby 18-13. Selby was down by 12-4 after the first day but managed to make it an exciting contest by improving to 12-10.

To reach the final Higgins had to beat Michael Holt (England), Fergal O'Brien (Ireland), Ronnie O'Sullivan (England) and Stephen Maguire (Scotland)

This was the second world trophy for Higgins. He also won the championship in 1998. In total he's won 18 ranking events.

Allister Carter (England) had the highest break of the event with 144. In total there were 68 centuries which ties the tournament record.

With this win Higgins moves to the top of the new world rankings. Fellow Scot Graeme Dott is in second and Shaun Murphy from England is No. 3.

Selby's runner-up position takes him into top 16 for the first time, at No. 11. Ding Junhui from China and Welshman Ryan Day are also newcomers in that elite group. Junhui comes in at No. 9 and Day is at No. 16. Englands's super veteran Steve Davis has reached his goal of being in the top 16 at age 50. He will start the new season at No. 15. In August he reaches the "half century".

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Daryl Peach on top in German Open

England's Daryl Peach won the German Open.

In the final he defeated Dimitri Jungo (Switzerland) 10-3 to win €5000. Jungo took home €3300 for the runner-up position.

In the semi-finals Peach beat Spain's David Alcaide and Jungo defeated Ralf Souquet from Germany.

This was Peach's first win on the Euro Tour. He has previously finished runner-up once and third twice.

Defending champion Harald Stolka (Germany) ended up in 33rd position.

With this victory Peach jumps from 15th to fourth in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Jungo moves from 202nd to 97th.

Niels Feijen (Netherlands) moves up one spot to the top of the rankings. Fabio Petroni (Italy) improves from third to second and Oliver Ortmann (Germany) drops from first to third.

The tournament was played 2-5 May at "Die Drei", Sindelfingen, Germany. It was the third Euro Tour event of the season. Next stop is the Austria Open (June 13-17).

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