Luca Brecel creates history with a stunning comeback to reach World Snooker Championship final
Luca Brecel reaches World Snooker Championship final: When Brecel was behind the Chinese debutant 14-5 on Friday, things didn’t look good for him at all. However, he produced a staggering period of dominance at The Crucible, which allowed him to turn things around and win 17-15. Between the 20th and 30th frames of the match, the Belgian amassed 916 points, compared to Si’s total of 179 points, which allowed him to advance to the next round after defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the previous round.
The 28-year-old player has never won a match in any of his five prior trips to Sheffield, but he will face whoever emerges victorious from the second semi-final matchup between Mark Selby and Mark Allen in the championship event.
“I told my girlfriend that if I win it will be the most emotional feeling ever and the most crazy feeling inside of my body,” he said in an interview with BBC Sport. “It’ll be the most crazy feeling inside of my body.” “When I finally had the opportunity to see it for myself, I could not believe it. I was shaking so badly, and to come out on top in such a challenging match and in such a significant competition means so much. From a score of 14-5, I wouldn’t even dare to dream of winning. It defies all logic. The manner in which I played to come back was not rough; rather, I simply played excellent snooker, which is the most essential aspect of the match. My mental toughness has never been an issue for me, and over the course of the past few years, I’ve made significant strides in this area.”
He continued, saying, “Throughout the entire game, I was expecting to lose, even with a session to spare, so even to have a chance to win was the craziest feeling ever in my body, and I can’t believe I did it.” It is quite a story that I have never won a game at this location, but here I am competing for the championship. It is going to take some time for that to register in your mind.
Stephen Hendry, a seven-time world champion, was really impressed by what he witnessed from Brecel. “It is an incredible accomplishment on the part of Luca, and he did not accomplish it by attempting to confound his rival by trying to tie him up with safeties. According to what he said on the BBC, “he did it with swagger and belief in his own game.”
That is the aspect that strikes me as being the most remarkable. He did not alter his strategy but rather continued to play the game in the same manner he always had and had faith in it.
So, who is only 20 years old, had a breakthrough performance at the event, despite suffering a defeat that broke his heart. A year ago, he was not even competing on the professional circuit, but his performance at The Crucible, in which he made it all the way to the last four, has opened up a world of opportunities for him as he has moved up from 80th to 36th in the world rankings.
“He played nearly perfect snooker in the final two sessions, and my safety let me down,” he remarked as he expressed his emotions. “I was feeling kind of disappointed, but not very,” he said. “I have come to the conclusion that there are weaknesses in my play, there are so many things that I can still improve, and as a result, I will enter the upcoming season feeling confident that I can prevail against anyone.”