Higgins, the defending champion, is 11/2 with Ladbrokes to retain his trophy but he is on a crash course with Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter finals. The latter is Coral’s 6/1 tournament fav and he gets underway on Wednesday.
Ding Junhui comes in behind those two at 7/1 (Totesport) and after winning The Masters and reaching the quarters at the German Masters, stands a chance but he is in the ‘tougher’ side of the draw.
Mark Williams has a chance then, in the lower half. The Welshman will be well supported and the 3rd seed has to be fancied at 17/2 with Betdaq. His main opposition in his half of the draw is Neil Robertson, a potential semi-final opponent and given the latter’s dip in form, surely Williams has a good chance of making the final, 4/1 with Boylesports, to add this to his recent German Masters gong.
Williams starts today as 8/15 fav (888sport) against Marco Fu.