6 hours or so after the final ball of the Players Tour Championship is potted the China Open begins.
Defending champion Mark Selby has withdrawn from the event due to personal reasons and Ronnie O’ Sullivan is absent too. Neil Robertson, Judd Trump, Stuart Bingham, Shaun Murphy and Ding Junhui are among the 64 players who will be fighting out for the first prize of £85,000.
There are 3 sessions 2.30am, 7.00am and 12.30pm all GMT. I personally won’t be watching the first session of the day as getting up at 6.59am every morning is early enough for me!
I have divided the draw in to quarters.
Darryl Hill v James Wattana (Match 9)
Jamie Jones v Dominic Dale (Match 10)
Michael White v Jack Lisowski (Match 11)
Stephen Maguire v Gary Wilson (Match 12)
Rhys Clark v Mark Savis (Match 13)
Alfie Burden v Joe Perry (Match 14)
Mike Dunn v Alan McManus (Match 15)
Rory McLeod v Mitchell Mann (Match 16)
Judd Trump v Stuart Carrington (Match 17)
Anthony McGill v Jimmy Robertson (Match 18)
Marcu Fu v Yu De Lu (Match 19)
Robert Milkins v Ross Muir (Match 20)
Chris Wakelin v Matthew Selt (Match 21)
Joe Swail v Martin O’Donnell/Wang Yuchen (Match 22)
Mark King v Ali Carter (Match 23)
David Grace v Shaun Murphy (Match 24)
Neil Roberton v Noppon Saengkham (Match 25)
Ben Woollaston v Adam Duffy (Match 26)
Martin Gould v Andrew Higginson/Yuan SiJun (Match 27)
Graeme Dott v Matthew Stevens (Match 28)
Gerard Greene v David Gilbert (Match 29)
Li Hang v Ding Junhui/Lee Walker (Match 30)
Mark Joyce v Luca Brecel (Match 31)
Zhou Yuelong v John Higgins (Match 32)
Barry Hawkins v Tian Pengfei/Niu Zhuang (Match 33)
Michael Holt v Nigel Bond (Match 34)
Ricky Walden v Robin Hull (Match 35)
Ryan Day v Dechawat Poomjaeng (Match 36)
Tom Ford v Kyren Wilson (Match 37)
Rod Lawler v Liang Wenbo/Peter Lines (Match 38)
Ian Burns/Guan Zhen v Peter Ebdon (Match 39)
Sam Baird v Stuart Bingham/Cao Yupeng (Match 40)
Quarter 2 looks very tricky indeed with Trump, Carter and Murphy together, so I will let them fight that out and look elsewhere.
Quarter 4 is another tough one too as you have players of a similar standard and its hard to know which will emerge triumphant here. Hawkins, Walden, Day, Kyren Wilson and Bingham, tough call so I will avoid this quarter too.
Joe has an easy quarter as Mark Selby has withdrawn and I suppose his nearest rival is the unpredictable Stephen Maguire. Now I am not going to trade Joe which is very tempting at 39/1 with Betfair as to be honest I don’t think he will win it as he has to potentially beat either Trump or Murphy in the semis and then meet Robbo in the final. So I will back him to win that quarter instead.
Back Perry To Win Quarter 1 – 9/2 Sporting Bet & You Win (5.50)
Robbo has been in the final twice in the last 3 years and as he wasn’t in the Players Tour Championship he will be coming into this tournament fresh and fully prepared. He has won 2 back to back tournaments this year and is a worthy favourite here.
Back Robertson To Win (2 points) 9/2 Sporting Bet
Ding is back and has been playing really well over the last few tournaments or so and he has made the final 3 times in the last 11 years. It’s such a shame that he is in the same quarter as Robbo but I will back him on Betfair and lay him back if he reaches the quarter finals to play Neil. If Neil doesn’t make the quarters I might let the trade run a bit longer. But I will update the comments section at the bottom of this post when I intend on laying him back.
Back Ding To Win at 16.00 (15/1) on Betfair Exchange
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