Class of ’92 Finish Snooker Season Strongly Again

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Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Williams are considered to be three of the greatest snooker players of all time. Between them, they have won 14 world titles. Remarkably, they all broke onto the snooker circuit in 1992, and have since then been known as the Class of ’92.

Despite their age, the three greats remain at the top of the sport. This was evident at the 2022 World Snooker Championship, as Ronnie O’Sullivan won a record-matching seventh world crown, beating Judd Trump in the final.

O’Sullivan is the 9/2 joint-favorite in the snooker odds to defend his trophy in 2023. Victory would ensure the Rocket would hold the record outright for the most victories in the World Snooker Championship.

The man from Essex became the oldest winner of the tournament with his latest success. He was the favorite in the Snooker World Championship 2022 odds for the final, and he justified those odds by getting the better of the 2019 champion 18-13.

O’Sullivan looks to be more focused than ever. He’s had his moments of controversy where he’s spoken negatively about the declining standards of the sport, saying than many players would do well as half-decent amateurs, but perhaps this was all just a tactic. Sure, he can be outspoken, but it can’t be said that he doesn’t have the talent to back it up.

Wizard of Wishaw Back to His Best Over Last 12 Months

Four-time world champion Higgins is considered one of the best sportsmen to come out of Scotland. He reached six major finals last season, with victory coming in just one of those. He was able to lift the trophy in the Championship League.

The Scot was beaten in the finals of the Northern Ireland Open, English Open, Scottish Open, Tour Championship and Champion of Champions. In the Tour Championship, one of the most lucrative tournaments on the World Snooker Tour, he was defeated in a final frame decider against Neil Robertson.

It was not long ago that Higgins was considering quitting the game due to his poor form, however, his decision to continue has fully been justified. The 47-year-old is back up to number five in the world snooker rankings.

Higgins can be very excited about the upcoming season. If he continues his hot run of form, he is likely to add to his tally of 31 ranking titles. He will also be hoping to join just five men who have won the World Snooker Championship five times in the Crucible era when he returns to Sheffield in April.

Williams Was One Frame Away From Final

The highlight of the season for Williams was his victory in the 2021 British Open. The Welshman defeated Gary Wilson in the final 6-4. He was then beaten in the final of the Snooker Shoot Out by Hossein Vafaei.

At the World Snooker Championship, Williams was at the top of his game in the early rounds. He defeated fellow Welshman Michael White 10-3 in the opening round. The Welsh Potting Machine then got the better of Jackson Page, dropping just three frames in the best of 25 contest.

In the quarter-final, he beat Yan Bingtao in a match which was full of quality from both players. Williams then overcame a six-frame deficit to force a decider against Trump. Unfortunately for the 2000, 2003 and 2018 champion, he was on the wrong side of an 18-17 scoreline.

The opening event in the 2022/23 WST calendar is the Championship League which begins on the 28th of June in Leicester. All three of the Class of ’92 are likely to appear in the ranking event, with Higgins set to be the defending champion.

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