Ronnie O’Sullivan

Snooker Preview: O’Sullivan Tipped To Extend Hot Streak

2017-04-24
A preview of the two quarter-finals starting at the Crucible on Tuesday.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is 6/5 to beat Ding Junhui by at least four frames in their World Championship quarter-final clash at the Crucible.

O'Sullivan is now the 5/2 favourite to land a sixth world title after he ruthlessly thrashed Shaun Murphy 13-7 in the previous round.

Over the course of the contest, O'Sullivan fired two centuries and nine further breaks over 50, showing no sense of a hangover from the recent controversy he sparked with criticism of Barry Hearn and snooker's governing authorities.

He is undoubtedly the player to beat if he can maintain that form and he is 4/9 to reach the semi-finals.

Speaking after his defeat to O’Sullivan, Murphy said: “I thought Ronnie played really, really well in the whole match and if he plays like that with that kind of focus I think he'll win.

“I don't subscribe to all this 'not being bothered' stuff he comes out with. He certainly looked like he was trying to me. If he turns up to his next match with that level of focus, then whoever he plays next is in trouble.”

Ding will certainly need to improve after he only scraped into the last eight by winning the last two frames to clinch a tense 13-12 victory over Liang Wenbo. He is 7/4 to knock O’Sullivan out and 21/2 to win another last-frame decider.

Kyren Wilson is the 11/5 underdog when he faces John Higgins (9/25) in the second quarter-final to start on Tuesday.

Kettering cueman Wilson sent former title winner Stuart Bingham tumbling out in the last round with a 13-10 win and is now preparing for his second quarter-final appearance, having lost to eventual champion Mark Selby in the quarter-finals 12 months ago.

Wilson is now 16/1 to go all the way and is eyeing more than just an upset against Higgins.

“I learned a lot from last year,” he said. “It made me comfortable as soon as I came through the doors this year. This isn't an easy place to play and to be in my second quarter-final is testament to myself as a player.

“I'm not really bothered about taking one step further, I want to win the tournament. I've got to win three more matches to win that trophy. That's what I've dreamt of since I was a little boy and that's what I'll keep aiming towards.”

Higgins is 31/20 to win by at least five frames and 18/25 to lose no more than 10 frames.