Friday, 6 May 2011

Higgins triumph reflects his character

On the face of it John Higgins win in Sheffield was another illustration of his all-round game. He is very strong in every department. No player can match Judd Trump in the long potting department but even here The Scot consistently makes long balls to get him in.

On coming back from suspension it must have been difficult for him to enter the fray again with confidence and his head held high. It needed special qualities to be able to put the issue aside when coming to the table and to resume playing world class snooker. It is this strength of character which we saw when it came to winning the world title for a fourth time.

In addition we musn't forget he had a really tough draw, opening against a resurgent Stephen Lee then dragged down by Rory Mcleod and followed with wins against real contenders Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Williams and finally Trump.

His recently departed dad did help him get through some difficult patches but he won because he was mentally the stronger player. An essential part of any champion's make-up. And this performance was worthy of a true champion.

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