Defending champion John Higgins is favourite to win the 15th ranking tournament of the 2018/19 season, the Indian Open. Action started yesterday with a pile of mismatches - the business end begins on Saturday with the last 16 and quarter-final stages.
John Higgins cannot win by the way. Nor can Shaun Murphy. This pair are simply playing some desperate snooker. In fact you can strike a line through much of this 128 player field.
Despite the frequent flashes of brilliance we see from Chinese players, it is remarkable to think only Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo have won a ranking major for the country. Ding has won 13; Wenbo just one. A Chinese winner will not win the Indian Open either – and Chinese players could
make up a sixth of this competition’s entry.
No, we have to be pragmatic and that means this field should be narrowed down to just a few.
9/1 poke Jack Lisowski has the talent but not the temperament so the two to concentrate on are 2015 World Champion, Stuart Bingham (who won this season’s English Open and has put together a string of solid performances since) and Luca Brecel who won last season’s China Championship and has claimed some big scalps recently – such as Mark Allen in the first round of the Masters.