The biggest surprise for me about the Royal London Watches Grand Prix was that Ryan Day, who played the best snooker of the tournament, performed so badly in the final.

You’ll recall he lost 9-7 to John Higgins, who would himself admit that he was nowhere near his best.

Can Ryan make amends in Bahrain?

I see no reason why not. He has played the best snooker of his career over the last 18 months and, despite not having won a ranking title, is currently third in the provisional rankings.

Day has beaten Dave Harold 5-2 to become the first top 16 player into the last 16 after seven completed matches.

It is an advantage that a number of top players are either out of the tournament or not part of it to start with but there is still plenty of quality around, not least Day’s next opponent, his fellow Welshman Matthew Stevens.

But Day must know this is one of the best chances he will ever have to land a ranking event.

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