The 2021 Players Championship came to a close on the 28th of February with a fierce
battle between John Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan. There were clear nerves during the
encounter with silverware and big prize money at stake. Even though JackpotCity has an
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games to enjoy this encounter. Ronnie went to this encounter as the defending champion
seeking his seventh title. Winning this match would have seen him equal Stephen Hendry’s
record tally of seven titles.
Higgins came to this encounter in the form of his life. His tremendous form continued
during the Player Championship final as he took an iron grip of the encounter. Ronnie had a
mountain to climb after falling behind Higgins in breaks of 92, 142, and 138. Both players
made errors in the first frame of the game as nerves became apparent.
Higgins was the more settled of the two and made a blunder when he hit the black with his
cue as he was potting the pink. However, Ronnie failed to take advantage of the unexpected
chance, and Higgins closed out the encounter’s opening frame.
Before this match, Higgins had only lost one frame on his run to the championship final. His
class was apparent with a break of 92 even though he ran out of position severally but
made impeccable rescue pots.
Ronnie’s desperation could be seen during frame three as he tried to pot his way out but
failed terribly. After several misses, Higgins came in and knocked in a 68 to move three
clear. He piled pressure on his opponent in the final frame just before the break when he
rolled his sixth century of the championship. His total clearance of 142 left Ronnie stone
After the interval, Ronnie’s misery continued as he missed a long red narrowly and was left
to watch as Higgins capitalized on the chance to mop up a clearance of 138. However, in a
rare miss by Higgins in the sixth frame, Ronnie got a glimmer of hope, and he took it with
both hands. He gained a foothold in the contest with a break of 82 after an excellent black
across the bottom rail.
After bagging a frame, Ronnie’s play in the seventh frame was extremely reckless. He threw
safety out of the window, and although he knocked several excellent pots, he gave Higgins a
chance when he left a difficult green at the jaws. He took it to move 6-1 ahead. Despite
ending the next session with a tournament record high of 144, it was too little too late as
there was no way back for him.
Higgins won the tie, took home the 125,000 GBP prize money, and earned the 31st ranking
title. Ronnie acknowledged that Higgins was unbelievable, and he congratulated him for his
achievement. Higgins claimed that that week had been his best because he had come upagainst the tournament's best players and won convincingly.