Kyren Wilson has pulled out of the China Championship Snooker event which gets underway this week. It’s not been reported why but, as the 26-year-old recently went on a 17 match winning streak taking the Paul Hunter Classic and Six Red World Championship in the process, he was my man for the competition.
His record in the 2018/2019 season reads: Played 28, Won 25. So he clearly remains one to follow – providing he has not broken his radius in an arm-wrestling competition.
Forced to look elsewhere, Barry Hawkins looks a spot of value at Sportingbet's 14/1. Ashley Carter is not going to put up any meaningful resistance against ‘The Hawk’ in his opening game while the inconsistent Neil Robertson is the only noteworthy opponent from his bracket in the bottom-half of the draw.
Kent’s finest cue-man was in dire form at the start of last season, something pundits put down to ‘personal reasons’ but he’s sparkled since the spring, making the final of the penultimate 2017/2018 season ranking event (the China Open) and then progressing to the semi-final of the World Championship a few weeks later.
In the current campaign he made the semis of the World Open and most recently was a narrow runner-up to an in-form Ronnie O’Sullivan in the valuable invite-only Shanghai Masters. It is noteworthy Hawkins beat Ding Junhi and Mark Williams in the quarters and semi-final of this completion.