The World Open in Haikou starts tomorrow (Monday) and Judd Trump is coming into form at the right time so is the pick at the generous 9/1 offered by Coral. He went off the radar since his purple patch of 18 months or so ago but he is the only player who can threaten a Ronnie O’Sullivan in form. The Rocket hasn’t entered the event.
Judd Trump – Coming of age and may lift more silverware this season.
Last month Trump reached the final of the German Masters and just last week won Championship League Snooker against top-drawer opposition. So he is a must here and opens in the top quarter against a wildcard for a place in the last 32.
In the second quarter I’ve been especially impressed with the slimline Shaun Murphy who topped the winners group of Championship League Snooker after the group stage. After an indifferent season he is available at 20/1 (Ladbrokes). Well drawn in the early rounds he can go deep into the event.
In the bottom half it is worth having a saver on Barry Hawkins. The World Final runner-up reached the semis in Newport last weekend and made the quarter finals of the UK Championship. Forever improving and has been a much stronger player since his maiden ranking win in Australia at the Goldfields Open in 2012. Available from many sources at 28/1 the Hawk should be back each-way as a saver.