The Ronald is the defending champion and is the current tournament favourite at 9/2.
I won’t be backing anyone to win outright at the moment as the first four rounds are the best of seven frames and it’s a potential banana skin format for all the players. But I hope to get stuck in from the quarter finals onwards when the format gets longer.
Betfair don’t seem to have any markets up for the Welsh Open yet and I do hope that they are covering this tournament as I wanna take on The Ronald again, just like I did successfully in the World Grand Prix.
The draw can be seen here and my round one tips for Monday’s morning session are here. I will be posting tips on a session by session basis for the first two or three days or so as there are so many matches to go through.
Ronnie O’ Sullivan
Despite O’ Sullivan winning this tournament four times already I will be taking him on. In fact as long as he is the favourite for any tournament I will be laying him as he isn’t the best player around and the standard of snooker is getting better all the time. For example this season we have three players who have won a ranking tournament for the first time and it’s possible that it could be four if Ryan Day wins the World Grand Prix final tonight.
It’s the first to four frames on the first four rounds so anyone is vulnerable even The Ronald.
Neil Robertson is in the same quarter and he beat O’ Sullivan 4:1 earlier this week in round two of the World Grand Prix.
He potentially has a semi-final match with either Judd Trump or John Higgins. Judd beat O’ Sullivan the last two times that they met in long matches; 9:8 in the European Masters final in 2016 and 10:7 in 2015 in the World Grand Prix final in 2015. John has beat The Ronald both times that they met this season; 5:2 & 10:7.
Also he could met Mark King and Mark Selby from the bottom half of the draw in the final. Mark king beat him last week 5:4 after being 4:1 down and Mark Selby beat Ronnie 10:7 in the final of the UK Championships in December.
Lay O ‘Sullivan
5.70 (9/2) Betfair Exchange
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