March 31, 2015

The China Open Continues

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 12:54 pm
Robbo - Right Result?

Robbo – Right Result?

Below is the schedule for Wednesday over in Beijing as the China Open moves into the Last 32 phase.

I have to say, it’s a real shame that this event comes so close to the World Championship qualifiers as this is taking a lot of the sheen off it as people look forward more and more to Sheffield. It’s a shame because it’s usually a very good tournament.

I can’t help thinking that there should be at least a fortnight’s gap between the final ranking event and the start of the World Qualifiers, if anyone involved in the Ponds Forge event has a run in this, they will be severely handicapped once they race back to Sheffield to play three Best of 19’s to try and qualify. Particularly if they’ve also been involved in Llandudno and Thailand, that’s a pretty gruelling schedule for anyone.

The seeded players don’t have that problem and though there are some that will be adamant that Neil Robertson has had the best possible result in being dumped out on day one, but even if the player that wins this is seeded in Sheffield, they still have a fortnight to recover so I don’t think it’s that big an issue really.

Anyway, we’ll see if the ‘Curse of the China Open winner’ will happen again, but it might just be a coincidence that nobody who has won this has ever gone on to win the World Championship, after all, back to back ranking event wins are pretty rare these days. That said and as Neal Foulds pointed out to me earlier, if Selby wins it he’s got two curses to get round, good luck with that Jester. 

Recommended Bet: 2 point double on Mike Dunn and Robin Hull pays over 5/1 at Bet 365. 

Elliot Slessor v Mark Selby
Stuart Bingham v Michael White
Ryan Day v Stephen Maguire
Barry Hawkins v Dominic Dale
David Gilbert v Zhou Yuelong
Zak Surety v Robert Milkins

Robin Hull v Mark King
Jack Lisowski v Dechawat Poomjaeng
Anthony McGill v Shaun Murphy
Mark Williams v Michael Leslie
Mike Dunn v Kurt Maflin

Ding Junhui v Dark Mavis
Peter Ebdon v Judd Trump
John Higgins v Graeme Dott
Ricky Walden v Gary Wilson
Marco Fu v Jamie Jones

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