This year’s Indian Open begins on the 12th of September with the final taking place on the 16th of September. Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson are missing but Shaun Murphy and John Higgins are present and the favourites to win.
Shaun Murphy has been in fantastic form this season, making the finals of the last two tournaments he has taken part in. He didn’t take part in the Six Red World Championship in Thailand, and maybe the break will do him some good after an hectic couple of weeks and losing out in two finals. Murphy is a best priced 8/1 which is tempting, though he does still have a qualifying match to play against the Indian amateur Pandurangaiah, who is 1000/1 to win the tournament, but shouldn’t cause the former world champion too many problems.
John Higgins returns to tournament snooker after a month off. Tom Ford beat him 5-2 in round 2 of the China Championship and previous to that he was beaten 5-4 by Ronnie O’Sullivan Hong Kong Masters. He is a best priced 7/1 to win this event, but he is in a tricky quarter along with Stephen Maguire, Luca Brecel and Michael Holt.
Ben Woollaston gets a bye in this year’s event straight in to the last 32 as Yan Bingtao does not take part. He is due to face either Alfie Burden or Ricky Walden in the last 32. Walden is still having trouble with his back and his results have suffered this season. He looks to be in one of the weaker quarters but I’m also going to chance Zhou Yuelong at 66/1 in that same quarter along with Woollaston at 50/1. Woollaston made the quarter-final of the Paul Hunter classic and through the round robin stage of the recent Six Red World Championship.
Tom Ford failed to make it out of the round robin stage of the Six Red World Championship, but he was in a tough group with Ding Junhui and Noppon Saengkham, who was in great form. Prior to the Six Red event he ran deep in the Paul Hunter Classic and made it to round 3 of the China Championship, going down 5-3 to Mark Williams after beating John Higgins 5-2 in the previous round. He is 50/1 to win the Indian Open, which looks to stand out considering he is drawn in a fairly weak quarter, avoiding all the big guns apart from last year’s winner Anthony McGill, who still has a qualifying round to play.
Tom Ford 50/1 Stan James
Zhou Yuelong 66/1 Paddy Power
Ben Woollaston 50/1 Bwin
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