Higgins was/is a good fancy for this tournament (currently 6/1 with Sportingbet) but that enthusiam may have been tempered a notch by the ‘arrival’ of a seemingly hungry Ronnie O’Sullivan, who is snipped to 5/1 by Coral after a very assured first round victory.
Higgins is 8/11 (Stan James) with a -1.5 frame handicap, which seems generous while Mark Selby’s handicap of -5.5 against Jimmy Roberston, making him evens with Betfred, is perhaps just 1 game or so too harsh.
Wednesday 20 April:
Fu, M v Gould, M (10:00 BST)
Walden, R v McLeod, R (10:00 BST)
Dott, G v King, M (14:30 BST)
Higgins, J v Lee, S (14:30 BST)
Allen, M v Stevens, M (19:00 BST)
Selby, M v Robertson, J (19:00 BST)