I wasn't that surprised that Nigel Bond beat Peter Ebdon last night. Indeed, I tipped him to in the Snooker Scene podcast prior to the tournament.
For me, the match was always going to be scrappy with chances abounding on both sides. Ebdon would have been unable to dictate the style of the match because Bond is comfortable playing the same sort of game.
Nevertheless, after winning the China Open a first round exit at the Crucible will be a big disappointment to Ebdon.
He said recently that he considered the Betfred.com World Championship to be more important than all of the other events put together.