After the exits of John Higgins and Stephen Maguire in round 2, The Rocket has been left as clear fav for the 2010 World Championships. After beating Williams 13-10, O’Sullivan reacted in an almost typically volatile manner when asked about his self criticism; “If someone says that to me again I’m going to stop the interview, because I’m fed up of hearing that”.
O’Sullivan now meets Mark Selby and heads into that encounter as 4/7 fav with 888sport. O’Sullivan has conceded frames against slightly inferior opposition so perhaps over 22.5 frames at 1/1 with Stan James seems a sensible bet.
Steve Davis meets Australian Neil Robertson, the only non-UK player left in the tournament, and veteran Davis is 8/1 with Bet365 to progress to the semis.
Ali Carter plays Shaun Murphy in what promises to be a very closely fought quarter final. Murphy is 11/2 with Betfred for the championship and Betdaq have Murphy down as a 4/7 shot to win this tie. That is perhaps a little harsh on Ali Carter and Paddy Power offer an excellent 4/5 that the winning margin (either way) will be less than 4.5 frames, ie 13-9 or closer.
In the last quarter final, unseeded Graeme Dott takes on Mark Allen. Allen has not encountered a problem so far and this is his 3rd straight match against an unseeded player. Allen is 8/1 with Bodog to win outright and 2/9 with Stan James to progress here.