• Six of the Best for White

    Jimmy White won a nail biting final of the Sangsom 6-Reds World Grand Prix in Bangkok, eventually seeing off Barry Hawkins 8-6.

    Popular the world over, Jimmy White's win in Bangkok was greeted with rapturous applause by the Thai fans, who had found someone else to cheer for after the last of the home players, Wattana and Kachaiwong, bowed out in the quarter finals.


    And maybe there was an extra cheer for White as it was his opponent, Barry Hawkins, who had ended the hopes of James Wattana in the quarters, having also beaten Noppadon Noppachorn in the Last 16.

    Hawkins opened a 2-0 lead in the best of 15 frame final. White overcame that before falling 3-2 down.

    White moved 6-4 ahead, but the fans got jittery as Hawkins won the next two to draw level again.


    But their hero held his nerve and closed out an 8-6 victory.

    "I'm really delighted", said White. "Obviously we both wanted to win but I'm glad it was me!"

    White went on to pay tribute to the event and its organisers.

    "The 6-reds is a great success. The players enjoy the format and we also meet players from all over the world.

    "Massive credit must go to Sindhu (Pulsirivong) for his dedication to snooker and for making this event possible.

    "Also to the hotel here and to Sangsom. We'll all look forward to returning next year."

    Earlier in the week White had only scraped through his group in fourth place. He beat both Joe Perry and Joe Swail, but slipped to defeats against Mohammed Shehab from Abu Dhabi, and to Thailand's Issara Kachaiwong.


    Once into the knock out draw he flourished. White's first victim was Shaun Murphy, who he beat 6-4, making a 6 red maximum, 75, during the match.


    That was one of three mini-max's made during the week, the other two coming from Michael Holt and Ryan Day.

    White went on to beat defending champion Ricky Walden, in the deciding frame of their Last 16 match and followed that up with another final frame thriller against Mark King.

    King had entered the knock out as number one seed.

    White secured his place in the final, securing a 7-4 semi final win over Mark Williams, another player to show some good form early in the season.

    Hawkins came through second in his group, only losing to Mark King

    He followed that with a gruelling 6-5 win against Dave Harold, and then beat the two Thai players before trouncing Judd Trump 7-2 in the semi finals.


    2009 Sangsom 6 Reds Index