Liang Wenbo takes centre stage in today’s second match at the Bank of Beijing China Open.
His two qualifying matches have been held over to Beijing in recognition of his growing popularity and status at home. This is something I fully agree with. Snooker needs to be doing all it can to promote itself at the moment.
I like watching Liang, although he can be a frustrating player at times.
You sometimes feel like taking him to one side and telling him to rein himself in a bit.
There’s no doubt he’s a terrific potter and very good break builder but I think most would agree he goes for too many low percentage pots.
That said, he got to the quarter-finals of last year’s World Championship playing this way so who is to say he is wrong?
He’s a real maverick, a one off. I like that and feel he could become established as one of the game’s top players in the years to come.
But he seems destined to be a player who blows hot and cold, a little like Tony Drago was during his career.
Talent is only one component – albeit a very important one – required to be successful at snooker.
The psychology of playing the game, of knowing when to attack and when to defend, also need to be learned and the younger players don’t yet have the experience to have taken all this in.
I think Liang will beat Robert Milkins – the match is live on Eurosport at 12.30pm UK time – but nothing is guaranteed and he’s so unpredictable that I won’t be putting money on it.