O'Sullivan favourite for Welsh challenge
We are now just five weeks shy of the World Championship and the object for players is to pick up ranking points between now and April, when the big one gets underway. There is no doubting who is number one in the Order of Merit — and in the heart of the fans who will attend the Venue Cymru in Llandudno next week.
For context, that's some , more than Mark Williams in 2nd, who himself was just , clear of Graeme Dott in 17th. If you needed convincing that the Rocket has dominated the past 12 months on the green baize, there's your proof. Remarkably, the year-old has never won this tournament.
Will that provide any added motivation for a player who tends to be rather coy about his objectives for the rest of his career? However, disappointment was to follow at the Masters a couple of weeks later, where he was dumped out at the quarter-final stage by the eventual champion Mark Allen.
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O'Sullivan targets 6th UK Championship t Show all articles about Snooker Betting Category: Until last August, Ryan Day had precisely zero ranking titles to show for two decades on the professional circuit. Now he has three. Winning this week's Players Championship and extending what is now an match unbeaten run would dwarf those previous achievements but the Welshman is the form man and would not have to meet Ronnie in the final.
Back Ronnie O'Sullivan 10u [3. Given the draw, trying to manufacture an argument against O'Sullivan seems futile. There is simply nobody in his half of the draw whose form has been in the same league.
He's got arguably the easiest first round opponent in Graeme Dott and will be a red-hot favourite against any quarter or semi-final opponent. Mark Allen and Ding Junhui are, of course, potential champions too but certainly inferior, especially on the most recent evidence.
Ronnie showed some of his best ever form - which we know to be an unbeatable standard - to land the World Grand Prix and started his Welsh Open bid in similar fashion before running into John Higgins. That looks the likeliest final and, if it materialises, the similarly resurgent Wizard of Wishaw will warrant the utmost respect. Until then though, there is nobody of that pedigree to worry about.
Apologies for what must seem like endless repetition but this quarter is all about taking on the over-rated Judd Trump. It seems as if almost every week, he loses to a solid top player of around the same standard, then starts half their odds for the next event.
Here at least Trump's first round opponent is one he's beaten four times in a row but Maguire has been in at least good form, especially in the big events.