March 9, 2015

Indian Open Preview and Schedule

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A Return to India

A Return to India

Mumbai is the latest stop on the global snooker tour as the players pitch up in India for the five day Indian Open at the plush Grand Hyatt Hotel. This event which was originally supposed to take place in October, was postponed due to political unrest in the area.

There has been a little confusion, well on my part at least, about how we can all get to watch this, but this was solved this morning by World Snooker. Apparently, the event will only be televised in India but will be available online at the World Snooker TV streaming channel for those who subscribe. This usually means that the bookies will be streaming it too and I normally head to Bet 365 for this, I seem to remember that last year they took the India TV coverage and had commentary and analysis.

It’s great that snooker is expanding to new markets and there is no doubt that last year this event did capture the imagination of the locals, especially as Aditya Mehta managed to have a great run to the Final. It’s just a shame that the best of 7 frame matches have again become the format of choice here, unfortunately to a bluff old traditionalist like myself this does not really draw me to the tournament.

Indeed, no fewer than 13 tournaments this season have adopted this format, which for me is fine for the EPTC and APTC events as they have never been anything else and the sheer volume of matches makes this a sensible approach, but to have these short matches in main ranking events for me is a bit disappointing, particularly when most of the tour have to travel half way around the globe to play in them. I suppose the one plus is that it makes me look forward to Sheffield even more.

I suspect that this is in part the reason for a lot of big name non-entry’s, we have no Ronnie, no Selby, Maguire or Allen and even the usually committed trio of Murphy, Bingham and Robbo have chosen to give this a miss. Even Barry Hawkins withdrew from the qualifiers and now Ali Carter has had visa issues forcing his withdrawal it is a depleted field as far as top seeds are concerned.  

There are a few who have been roped in though, Judd Trump, John Higgins, Mark Williams and holder Ding Junhui probably being the most recognisable names to the Indian audience, but we also have the likes of Marco Fu (update – withdrawn), Rob Milkins, Ricky Walden, Dark Mavis, Peter Ebdon, Graeme Dott, Joe Perry and Shootout Champ Michael White in there so the chances are we will be seeing a recognisable face holding the trophy at the end.

I’ll just take a small punt on a select few and see how it works out.

Recommended Bets: 2 points on John Higgins at 12/1. 1 point on Michael White at 33/1. 1 point on Joe Perry at 20/1 and 1 point on Peter Ebdon at 50/1.

You can view the full draw for the Indian Open here.


Jamie Jones v Liang Wenbo
Matthew Stevens v Gerard Greene
Thepchaya Un-Nooh v Neeraj Kumar

Followed by

Stuart Carrington w/o Marco Fu  
Ben Woollaston v Yu Delu
Sam Baird v Brijesh Damani

Followed by

Eden Sharav v Mark Williams
Mike Dunn v Rob Milkins
Lu Haotian v Dharminder Lilly
Adam Duffy v Sumit Talwar


Judd Trump v Peter Lines
Peter Ebdon v Zhou Yuelong
Nigel Bond v Faisal Khan
Li Hang v Allan Taylor

NB 3pm

Rhys Clark v Pankaj Advani
Ken Doherty v Joe Swail
Kyren Wilson v Alan McManus
Fraser Patrick v Jamie Cope


Rory McLeod v Ricky Walden
Joe Perry v Marcus Campbell
Cao Yupeng v Michael White
Tom Ford v Anthony McGill

Followed by

Rhys Clark/Pankaj Advani v Chris Wakelin
Mark Joyce w/o Ali Carter
Sam Baird/Brijesh Damani v Rod Lawler
Gary Wilson v Adam Duffy/Sumit Talwar

Followed by

Jamie Burnett v John Higgins
Dark Mavis v Anthony Hamilton
Matthew Selt v Joel Walker
Tian Pengfei v Lyu Haotian/Dharminder Lilly


Ding Junhui v Thepchaya Un-Nooh/Neeraj Kumar
Ryan Day v Nigel Bond/Faisal Khan
Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon v Dechawat Poomjaeng
David Morris v David Gilbert

NB 3pm

Mark King v Aditya Mehta
Graeme Dott v Robin Hull
Luca Brecel v Fegal O’Brien
Andrew Pagett v Zack Richardson

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