Ronnie O’Sullivan heads the market at 9/2. The Rocket played an exhibition with Jimmy White last week and the Whirlwind said O’Sullivan is in great form and looks dangerous. No value at that price though. All players start in the last 64 here having won through a qualifying round in Barnsley earlier this month. He has a tough opener against Anthony McGill who is worth a punt for the match at 5/1 (BETVICTOR, sportingbet). The Scot fancies himself and is climbing up the rankings currently standing at a career high of 46. And most importantly made the last eight at the Indian Open two weeks ago beating Barry |Hawkins along the way.
Anthony McGill – has the bottle for the big time
In the outright betting Pankaj Advani (125/1 general) is worth another punt after losing to compatriot Aditya Mehta in the Indian Open semi-final. Advani was looking a title winner until he let the occasion get to him but he is well drawn and that performance will give him confidence for a good run here.
in the bottom half of the draw DIng Junhui and Neil Robertson are fancied for a good run but they’re in the same third quarter so we’ll leave them alone.
So it’s McGill for a shock win over the Rocket and Advani as an each-way shot.
Indian Open Snooker gets underway tomorrow at 5.30 GMT and Mark Selby and Neil Robertson vie for favouritism at around the 7/1 mark.
Robertson has to be the pick here. The Aussie went on record last week talking up his chances for the rest of the season.
He told Press Trust Of India – “I`m still improving as a player. Break-building was the weakest part of my game in the past, but now it’s one of the best. This week I made four centuries in the International Championship qualifiers and another four in my first match at the Ruhr Open,” he said.
Robertson – Setting the pace this season and top value at 7/1
Well drawn too he opens in the last sixty four against qualifier Noppon Saengkham currently ranked 112 places below the World Number One. Normally I’d suggest leaving it until the last 32 when the fancied players have come through what can be a potential stumbling block. But here we need to get on – especially given the withdrawal of Ali Carter who was the scheduled last 32 opponent of Robertson. The 7/1 (Betfred, Totesport) is a must have.
In the opposite half Mark Allen impressed in Germany last weekend when lifting the Ruhr Open in style. Allen put it down to the help his coach Terry Griffiths gave him in the week prior to the tournament – largely on the mental side and the preparation required for each match. The Antrim player though has been really inconsistent of late and his quarter includes the dangerous Stuart Bingham and Mark Selby so is best left alone.
Robertson is currently creating clear blue water between him and the rest of the pack so definitely one to follow this season. Even if the Rocket returns in the International Open in a fortnight in China the Aussie fancies beating anyone so O’Sullivan would hold no fear for him.