I've enjoyed the Welsh Open so far. The snooker's been good, the crowds have been good and we've had the right mix of shock results and top players getting through.

Marco Fu could well give Ronnie O'Sullivan problems today. He is 7-7 on career meetings with the world champion - an excellent record and better than most can boast.

Fu beat O'Sullivan 9-6 in last season's Royal London Watches Grand Prix final. He also won 5-4 at the China Open, although on that occasion O'Sullivan resorted to bashing the balls around in the decider.

O'Sullivan doesn't particularly like playing the Hong Kong potter because Fu is methodical and keeps his emotions inside, so that he remains an inscrutable presence at the table.

The latest chapter of O'Sullivan v Fu is live at 1pm UK time.

The other main TV match tonight pits John Higgins against Neil Robertson.

Higgins's form comes and goes. He didn't put much practice in for the event as he took his wife and three children to Center Parcs for a holiday over the weekend.

Nevetherless, the twice world champion is always a danger and Robertson will have to play better than he did against Jamie Burnett to stay on course for a second Welsh title, having won in Newport two years ago.


Eurosport the best... said...

Look forward to watching it...ON EUROSPORT! John Evans on BBC Wales has just got on my nerves...SO MUCH!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately WSA's live scoring is still showing last night's matches...

Anonymous said...

It's up and running now.

Janie - GCS said...

An excellent performance again by Marco today.

He seems to be one of the few players who remains totally unfazed by anything that Ronnie can throw at him and despite trailling at the interval, he just piled on the points after that.

And there can't be many players, if any, who had a lead in the H2H against O'Sullivan.

Who did admit in his press conference that he needs to get back to basics and put the practice time in.

Ruthie said...

Good performance by Fu, though he had a bit of luck in not falling too far behind in the first half of the match when he hadn't been taking his chances. Was a bit shocked by Ding choking. Is it the case that when he gets one setback in a match (losing the frame from far in front for Maguire to come back to 4-3) that he just gives up?

Anonymous said...

over the moon for fu-eey

kimball said...

Ding Junhui made the worst shotselection in his career and
got totally broken by it.
I wouldn,t call it choking.
If you go 4-2 up from 0-2, makes
69, leads 69-0 with 6 reds left
and tries such a stupid plant,
then you deserve to lose and it was fantastic to see Maguire take his chance.
Hopefully he will get tuffer by the mistake.