First up, here’s Phil Yates in The Times on the importance of Ronnie O’Sullivan to a sport seemingly going nowhere.
Second, what about Mark King? He needed three snookers on the brown in the decider against Ricky Walden and ended up cutting in a very difficult black to beat him, proving that a never-say-die attitude can sometimes pay dividends.
So, today it’s O’Sullivan v John Higgins. The top two seeds usually wouldn’t meet until the final so this is tough for both to take.
Higgins played much better than O’Sullivan in their respective first round matches and will also enjoy plenty of support in his home city.
However, whenever two greats of the game like this meet it’s just on the day. My advice: sit back and enjoy.
Mark Allen and Jamie Cope, two rising stars, are unlikely to detain spectators on table two for very long regardless of the score in their match.
Tonight it’s Neil Robertson, who will need his wits about him when he plays the resurgent Ken Doherty.
And Joe Perry will attempt to succeed where Shaun Murphy failed and get past the battling Barry Pinches.
The second round draw has thrown up some interesting matches, none more so than Higgins v O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry v Mark Williams: the four best players of the last 15 years locking horns once again.