Well those who predicted the random draw format would leave the tournament with an unfamiliar line-up in its latter stages were certainly proved right...not.

John Higgins v Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui v Mark Williams are two mouth watering semi-finals.

Higgins is justifiably favourite. He showed yesterday against Mark Allen that his all round game is more than a match for the young breed of players whose approach is based almost entirely around attack.

Robertson, then, will have to be at the top of his game to challenge the defending champion. But the Aussie is full of confidence and played superbly yesterday to see off Joe Perry, making two centuries in the process.

Williams exploited Robert Milkins's errors to reach his first ranking event semi-final in three and a half years last night.

Ding has also waited three years for a last four berth and seems more relaxed than he has been for some time.

If Higgins continues to play how he has so far I'd be surprised if he doesn't win the whole thing.

As ever in sport, though, nothing is certain. It's more fun just to watch it all unfold.

1 comment:

kimball said...

Ding Junhui is certainly much more
a John Higgins copy than an all out