Snooker fans around the world are gearing up for what promises to be an enthralling quarter-final match between Anthony McGill and Si Jiahui at the Crucible Theatre. The two players are expected to meet today, with both men eager to come out on top.
McGill is in his fourth Crucible quarter-final and is the favourite going into the match, but he is well aware of the threat that Si poses. The young Chinese player has already caused a stir at the tournament with his impressive victories over Shaun Murphy and Rob Milkins, and he is hungry for more success.
Examining the two players’ previous encounters proves to be captivating. Si has won all three of their previous encounters, including two matches over a best-of-nine format last year at the European Masters and Turkish Masters. McGill perceives that the encounter ahead of him will be a terrifying one; besides, he is set to put forth his best effort.
Speaking to the BBC after his victory over Jack Lisowski, McGill said: “I recall our first meeting when I thought to myself that he would make it to the top. He shoots so fluidly and never misses a shot – even if the pockets were the same size as the balls, he’d still sink them. I’ll need to be in my best shape to beat him.”
Si, for his part, is not getting carried away with his previous victories over McGill. He believes Scot’s underwhelming performances in prior encounters and understands that he will have to be in top form if he hopes to outshine him this time.
The match between McGill and Si will surely be a highlight of the tournament, and fans eagerly anticipate the action. Snooker enthusiasts can keep up to date with the latest World Championship results and match highlights on snookers.pro.