Higgins Win Tarnishes World Snooker Championship
John Higgins won his 4th World Snooker Champion title on Monday. He defeated Judd Trump 18-15, after trailing 10-7 before the last two sessions. Higgins played excellent snooker, both tactical and break-building. Judd Trump (21) led 10-7 and attacked an extremely difficult blue ball in order to secure a four-frame advantage. He missed it, Higgins capitalized and it all went the Scott's way from there. As in the semifinal against Mark J. Williams, John Higgins kept his cool throughout. Meanwhile his opponent lost his head, attacking every ball and avoiding safety play. Nothing to be said about the quality of his snooker.
I for one profoundly dislike the man John Higgins. It's not his performance at the table but his character that bothers me. To me and many others he will remain a cheater, a money grabber. Yes he has won the World Championship four times, making him the third player in history as far as world titles are concerned. Yes he will probably become the player with most ranking titles to his name. I can't put aside the News of the World video. There Higgins agrees to fix matches, he is worried about hiding the money from tax authorities and explains how easy he can throw a frame. 'I can leave the cue ball near a cushion and everyone will think I missed the next shot because of poor positional play'. And please do note he has won over 5 million pounds (!) in prize money ALONE ! Not to mention sponsors and exhibition matches !
A paragraph must go to Judd Trump. What an exciting player he is! Centered on attack, good with tactical play - he will undoubtedly become one of the greats in no time. He still lacks experience, otherwise he's the real deal. Talent and a crowd favorite, Trump is on route of taking the place of the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan and Jimmy White in the years to come.