September 20, 2013

Shanghai Semi-Finals

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:43 pm
Ding: Mustard.

Ding: Mustard.

It’s been a very enjoyable week of snooker over in Shanghai and we are now down to the final four. We are assured a new name in a full ranking event final as Michael Holt meets Xiao Guodong in the first one while the more experienced finalists Ding Junhui and Barry Hawkins in the other one.

Holt looked as good as he has ever looked on TV earlier today and seems to have a new found sense of confidence about him, a swagger around the table has replaced the shoulder shrugging and calm assurance has replaced his erratic twitches. Everyone knows that he is good enough and now perhaps is his time to prove it.

Guodong is another who has shown in the past that he’s capable of taking the mantle from Ding in a few year’s time and he came through a battle with Dark Mavis who finally got to learn again what it feels like to get beat, an all-Chinese final is still a possibility for the highly excitable audience.

Ding was superb against Robbo and outplayed him in every department, I know I said it yesterday but his big strength is that he very very rarely plays the wrong shot and that had Robbo on the defensive from the word go today. It will take some performance from one of the three left in this to beat him in that form as for me today he would have beaten anyone, O’Sullivan included.

Finally, Barry Hawkins, another relatively late developer came through in fine fashion to do to Mark Selby what he usually does unto others, namely coming back from 4-2 down to win. A great performance from The Hawk and he is another player that has found a new wave of confidence of late, bred of course from the only thing that makes that possible, winning.

Bettingwise, not the best day on the match betting front but the 14/1 recommended on Ding to win at the start of the week now looks very big indeed as he’s now best priced 11/8. If he can pull it off then the very good recent run will continue and I have to say I wouldn’t back against him now.

(Click on matches for head to head)


Xiao Guodong v Michael Holt

Best Prices: Holt (Evens Apollobet), Guodong (Evens Bet 365).

Prediction: Holt to win 6-4 


Barry Hawkins v Ding Junhui

Best Prices: Ding (4/6 Paddy Power), Hawkins (6/4 Stan James) 

Prediction: Ding to win 6-3

Recommended Bet: 4 x 0.5 point cross doubles (The Hallett Bet) on Holt 6-4 or 6-5 and Ding 6-3 or 6-4 depending on what firm you bet with you can get 6/1 best price on all those scorelines.

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