John Higgins (@1.2) vs James Wattana (@4.5)

Our Prediction:

John Higgins will win

John Higgins – James Wattana Match Prediction | 02-09-2019 05:00

Higgins beat Michael Holt, Fergal O'Brien, Ronnie O'Sullivan, and Stephen Maguire en route to the final. His break of 122 in the 29th frame of his semi-final against Maguire, on recovering from a deficit of 1014 in the final session to prevail 1715,[30] was the 1,000th century to be made at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield since the World Championship was first staged there in 1977. He regained World no. In the final, Higgins held a 124 advantage over Mark Selby overnight, but Selby reduced his arrears to a single frame on day two. However, at 1413, Higgins rediscovered his form to win four consecutive frames to clinch the match 1813[31][32] to secure his second World title at 12:54am, the latest finish to a World final (equalled when Neil Robertson beat Graeme Dott in 2010); and nine years after his first title the longest time span between successes since Alex Higgins (1972, 1982), and the longest at The Crucible.

At 98 ahead he cleared the table with a 63 break after Allen had had a kick when on a break of 58. Higgins was involved in a match of the highest quality against Mark Allen in the second round of the World Championship. Higgins went on to win 139 and then had routine victories over Kyren Wilson and Barry Hawkins to reach his first World Championship final in six years and, at 41 years of age, be the oldest finalist in 35 years.[151] It was also a rematch of the 2007 final as he faced Mark Selby and Higgins started well to take a 104 lead.

He joined Steve Davis, Hendry and O'Sullivan as the only players to have lifted the trophy three or more times at The Crucible. His second-round and quarter-final matches both went the full distance of 25 frames, with Higgins overcoming 1012 and 1112 deficits against Jamie Cope[40] and Mark Selby,[41] respectively, to win 1312. At two weeks before his 34th birthday, Higgins became the oldest player to triumph since Dennis Taylor in 1985, who was 36 years of age. In the World Championship in 2009, Higgins beat Michael Holt 105 in round one. He established a 133 lead in the semi-final against Mark Allen and progressed 1713 withstanding a comeback by the Northern Irishman.[42] Higgins recorded an 189 victory over Shaun Murphy in the final[43][44] to become the ninth player to win the World title three or more times after Joe Davis, Fred Davis, John Pulman, John Spencer, Ray Reardon, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan.

During the 1998/99 season, Higgins won the UK Championship[9] and Masters[10] with 106 and 108 defeats of Matthew Stevens and Ken Doherty, respectively, to become only the third player after Davis and Hendry to hold the World, UK and Masters titles simultaneously (Mark Williams later joined this elite group). In addition, he is one of just six players to have claimed both the World and UK Championship in the same calendar year (1998); the others are Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Parrott, Ronnie O'Sullivan, and Mark Selby.

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Higgins lost in the first round of the Masters 46 against Graeme Dott[66] and withdrew from the German Masters after defeating Robert Milkins 53 in round one,[67] to return home due to the deteriorating health of his father, who subsequently died after a long battle against cancer.[68] A little over two weeks later, Higgins successfully defended his Welsh Open title by beating Stephen Maguire 96 in the final[69] dedicating victory to his late father.

By the end of the following season, assisted by two more ranking titles and another ranking final, he had moved up to 2nd in the world. He rose to prominence in the 1994/1995 season when, at the age of 19, he won his first ranking tournament at the Grand Prix, defeating Dave Harold 96 in the final.[3] He went on to win two more ranking titles at the British Open[4] and International Open,[5] making him the first teenager to win three ranking events in one season, and he also reached the finals of the Welsh Open and the Masters. Higgins turned professional in 1992 and reached the quarter-finals of the British Open during his first season on the professional tour. By the end of the season, he had moved from 51st to 11th in the world rankings.

He also defeated Neil Robertson 98 during the tournament.[49] He captured the Welsh Open title by defeating Allister Carter 94 in the final,[50][51] and ended the season as World no. In the 2009/10 season, as reigning World Champion, he lost 56 on the black ball to Neil Robertson in the semi-final of the Grand Prix;[45][46] and 810 to Ding Junhui in the final of the UK Championship,[47][48] after surviving a comeback by Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-final when leading 82, to advance 98 the previous evening.

Higgins remained as World no.


Higgins also devised a new players' union with his manager Pat Mooney, called The Snooker Players Association. He won the inaugural event in St. He helped to establish, and actively promoted, the World Series of Snooker[36][37] a tour intended to bring snooker to new venues outside the traditional United Kingdom and recently developed Far East markets. As World Champion, Higgins reached the quarter-final stages in only the Welsh[34] and China Open[35] tournaments. Helier in June 2008, beating Mark Selby 63 in the final.

In the World Championship, Higgins defeated Stephen Lee 105 in the first round, Rory McLeod 137 in the second round and Ronnie O'Sullivan 1310 in the quarter-finals.[74] On the way to a 1714 victory over Mark Williams in the semi-finals, Higgins was heckled by an audience member who shouted out, "How do you swallow that three hundred thousand, John? ...