Surely the game has moved forward. It doesn´t matter if the centuries or the "incredible clearances" are made or not, and those do not decide who is playing better. All about the safety from the other side of the table, and from the little colours.
These days they need to stun a long, almost straights reds in and hoping to get the position. Straight long reds. I watched Mark Williams vs the Croupier and Maguire vs Pengfei second sessions. the Croupier was the better player than Williams and Pengfei was the better player than Maguire. The Croupier and Pengfei just both went out to bottle it. Or basically it wasn´t bottling as they were the better players. Some 135 from Williams or Maguire doesn´t matter anymore at all. As Martin and Pengfei both made even much better clearances. Wasn´t just meant to be. Wasn´t meant to be as they both made some way too easy mistakes during the easy part of the safety-game. Selby is the master of not making any of those. Then followed by the likes of Ronnie O´Sullivan, Williams, Murphy and so on.. So the usual suspects only.
But surely the game has still moved on. It´s like there would be just the right hand of table existing anymore. But if making those kinds of really easy mistakes, even when it is not bottling, the likes of Marting Gould just won´t stand a chance. Because there are some steely lads who won´t be making any of those.
Selby-Zintong was the most easiest match to predict. Had to be 10-7 to Selby. And it was.
Pengfei just wen´t out of his comfort zone. Could see that from his eyebrows. Which he shouldn´t had done. As he´s clearly one of those most mental strong Chinese players.
Selby vs Gary has all the potential to be a MODERN Sheffield classic! But even stating that, that match also will be a heavily sleepy and a tiring contest all the way, where as per modern usual, any centuries just doesn´t even any count.
In any case, all the theories are swept aside when a plate of steaming tortellini is served. Tortellini remains the signature pasta dish.
Serving updated versions of traditional Emilian cuisine, including tortelli stuffed with lamb.
Or traditional modenese cuisine, including pasta and gnocchi.