Sunday, 1 April 2012

Ebdon forces his way to China Open title

Peter Ebdon has spilled blood and guts this week to become the surprise China Open 2012 champion.

This is a ninth career ranking title for the 41-year-old and sees him set a new record of 19 years between his first and latest major win.

It hasn't come easy for Ebdon. He's had to fight through the qualifiers, win a wildcard match and beat Matthew Stevens, John Higgins, Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui before edging past Stephen Maguire 10-9 in a tense final.

After leading 5-1 he had to contend with a spirited fightback but eventually made it over the line.

On the whole, it's been a torrid season for Peter. He's had battle against poor form with his place in the top 32 of the world rankings under threat, but he's managed to find some inspiration in Beijing.

It's been a super week fuelled by his steely ability to scrap until the death. He's had to draw on all his years of experience and has used his trademark grit and determination to come out on top.

This style of play does naturally invite critics but his win is great to showcase the grinders on the circuit. Snooker would be a boring sport if everyone played the same way. Peter's approach isn't always attractive but, whether you love or hate watching him, it sure is effective.

And make no mistake, Ebdon deserves every inch of the success he's enjoyed throughout his career.

He won the World Championship a decade ago and it was a moment where he was rewarded for all the hard work he's put into snooker. Ebdon has put his heart and soul into playing snooker, which deserves great credit.

His preparatory work is second to none.

He puts effort into maintaining his physical fitness and places massive emphasis on being mentally strong. He's even become a vegan this season as he believes it will make a difference. Being a professional snooker player really has been a lifestyle for him.

His unwavering commitment cannot be disputed. His endless stamina and will to win can hardly be matched, but mark my words, he can play the game too.

He scored four centuries in today's final and is certainly not shy of scoring. Although he may not be as naturally-talented as other professionals around him, he more than makes up for it with his knowledge of the table and never-say-die attitude.

Well played Ebbo.


  1. Very nicely put Gary. 'Slow and steady wins the race.'

  2. All credit to Ebdon but i expected Maguire to win this one and i was rooting for him.Great blog by the way