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‘Kyren Wilson is going to be the new champion of the world’ – Jimmy White and Joe Johnson on Crucible memories and this year’s showdown
Six-time Crucible runner-up Jimmy White is backing Kyren Wilson to win the World Championship after being impressed by his mentality in Sheffield.
Wilson, the only player left in the tournament who has not won the title, leads Shaun Murphy 10-6 after the second session in their best-of-33 encounter. Mark Selby is 9-7 ahead of Stuart Bingham in the other semi-final.
With pre-tournament favourites Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan already out in Sheffield, White believes it is the perfect opportunity for Wilson to strike.
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7. World champion Mark Selby joins us to talk glory, legacy and 'hurtful' Bingham criticism25:41It's the last episode of series three of The Break and we were delighted to be joined by the newly crowned champion of the world, Mark Selby!It's been a remarkable 17 days at The Crucible and Selby joins Andy Goldstein for an in-depth chat about his fourth world title, some of the most significant moments along the way, and how many more titles he might be targeting by the end of his career...Selby also revealed he was hurt by Stuart Bingham's comments accusing him of "gamesmanship" after their semi-final and addressed the re-spot controversy from the final, saying he was unaware at the time that the cue ball was not in the correct position during the 20th frame as he escaped a snooker. Finally, Selby shows off the trophy to Andy and reveals that a replica from his first world title wasn't quite as impressive...Thanks for joining us for season three of The Break, which was produced and edited by Ola Fisayo. If you enjoyed our coverage of the World Championship, please rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice.
5. 'I’ll get my bum out if I win title!' – Kyren Wilson on Crucible charge and wanting Ronnie revenge28:11Kyren Wilson drops in on The Break podcast to discuss his World Championship mission.The 2020 runner-up meets Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals at the Crucible and promises host Andy Goldstein that he will follow Mark Williams’ lead should he win at the Crucible… The 29-year-old also says he dreams of getting revenge on Ronnie O'Sullivan after losing last year's final to the Rocket.
4. ‘No one enjoys playing in a bow tie’ - Mark Allen on snooker's need to modernise32:33Mark Allen claims no snooker player wants to play in a waistcoat and bow tie as he urged the sport to catch up if it wanted a slice of the youth audience. Professional snooker typically has a strict dress code – smart trousers and shoes, plus a long-sleeved shirt, waistcoat and bow tie – although it has been relaxed for some events, with the latter two items ditched for the Home Nations series. World number one Judd Trump has previously suggested the sport is "stuck in a rut" and said one solution would be to allow players greater freedom in the clothing department. The Break is presented by Andy Goldstein and produced by Ola Fisayo.
3. Robertson on lockdown hair, back-to-back 147s and why ‘hungry’ Ronnie won’t succumb to Crucible pressure48:05On the third episode of the new series of The Break, Andy Goldstein speaks to Neil Robertson ahead of the World Championship. The Australian is one of the favourites at the Crucible after some mesmeric displays this season, including titles at the UK Championship and Tour Championship. His lockdown haircut (or lack of one) has caught serious attention, while he also revealed how he made back-to-back 147s in training recently - and had the chance to make it three on the spin...
2. 'He's like a Michel Roux cake' - Ronnie on his rivals, and World title defence45:38On the second episode of the new series of The Break, Andy Goldstein speaks to Ronnie O'Sullivan as he prepares to defend his crown at the World Championship.Ronnie discusses his season so far and his frame of mind heading to the Crucible. We hear his views on his main contenders, Neil Robertson and Judd Trump, and Ronnie also talks Covid, the return of fans and Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry.But first, Andy Neal Foulds and Philip Studd discuss what makes the Crucible such a special venue, and the World Championship such a magic event, before looking at some of the runner and riders.The Break is produced and edited by Ola Fisayo.
1. 'I'm fighting to stay on the Tour' - Jimmy previews Hendry showdown23:43The Break is back for the 2021 World Snooker Championship! Andy Goldstein is your host as we cover the biggest event in snooker and we'll have three preview episodes for you before the tournament properly arrives.Join Andy, Neal Foulds and Jimmy White for episode one of series three as they look ahead to the Crucible and run the rule over some of the favourites, including Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson.And of course, the team look forward to the hugely-anticipated qualifier between our own Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry, which has all of sport talking. That match is live and exclusive on eurosport.co.uk and the Eurosport app on Monday at 7:30pm.We hear from Hendry about his immense rivalry with White and the four Crucible finals he beat him in. Meanwhile, Jimmy tells us he is "fighting to stay on the tour" and for him, it's now just another game. For Neal, though, it's "one of the great match-ups in the history of snooker."Remember to rate and review us on your podcast platform of choice!The Break is produced by Ola Fisayo.
12. The Joy of Six: Ronnie O'Sullivan exclusive42:09The Break is delighted to bring you The Joy of Six: an exclusive hour-long special, hosted by Colin Murray, reliving each of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s six World Championship titles dating back to his maiden win in 2001.Widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, O’Sullivan delivers an insightful account as he recalls each world title – key milestones of what has been the most decorated career in snooker history, spanning over 28 years.O’Sullivan also discusses topics which have made him one of the most interesting characters in snooker such as the challenges of success at such a young age and his struggles with depression.If you enjoyed this very special episode of The Break, be sure to like and subscribe on your podcast platform of choice.
11. How Ronnie became world champion and what changes now38:40Ronnie O’Sullivan’s sixth world title is expertly analysed by Eurosport’s Neal Foulds and Dave Hendon, who join Rachel Casey to look back on the Betfred World Snooker Championship. We hear from both The Rocket and beaten finalist Kyren Wilson. Barry Hearn reflects on the battle to get fans back into The Crucible, plus we discuss the best and worst of the championship.