End Of The World For White
Jimmy White fans will have to wait at least another year for their man to finally lift the Betfred.com world championship trophy aloft at The Crucible but even the most hardened of Whirlwind supporters must be starting to admit that his chance has all but gone after he lost to China’s Liu Chuang at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield.
The match went to a deciding frame with Chuang claiming the 19th in just over a quart-of-an-hour without White scoring a single point.
White trailed his 20-year-old opponent by five-frames –to-four after the morning session but when they resumed last night, it was White who looked sharper and turned his one frame deficit into a two frame advantage after winning the opening three frames.
Chuang responded well by taking frame 13 to trail by just one at the mid-session interval.
White won a scrappy fourteenth to regain his two frame lead, needing just two for victory.
Frame 15 was to prove decisive in the eventual outcome of the match. Lasting 33-minutes, and going down to the final colours, both players could have taken it. If White could have edged it, then he would lead by three with just four to play.
It was Chuang however, who potted the pink to seal the frame and less than 15-minutes later, the match was all square after the Chinese youngster made a 67 break.
Chuang took the lead for the first time since the start of the session in the next with White scoreless and now on the verge of exiting the tournament for the 31st time.
White was not done just yet though, and called on all of his 31years of professional experience and somehow managed to force the deciding frame.
It was youth, in the end that triumphed over experience and after a relatively successful season for White that has seen him climb back up the rankings and push for a spot in the world’s top 50, will be considered a disappointing one with a first match defeat at the ‘big one’.
Chuang, who made his Crucible debut as a 17-year-old in 2008, is now just two matches away from a return to snooker’s biggest stage and will next take on England’s Tom Ford.