Welsh Wonder Mark Williams meets Judd Trump in last 16 clash
Mark Williams will clash with Bristol’s Judd Trump in a tantalising Welsh Open last 16 match-up, after the two-time World Champion overcame Jamie Jones 4-2 in an all-Welsh affair.
‘The Welsh Potting Machine’, 20/1 with Coral to win the tournament, faces England’s world number six, after ‘the Juddernaut’ eased past Michael Wasley in his last 32 meeting.
Trump edges his Welsh rival narrowly in their head-to-head record, with ‘the Ace in the Pack’ having won four of their six encounters, including a 2012 Shanghai Masters semi-final victory. The prolific potter is odds-on 4/9 to reach the quarter-final and halt his experienced counterpart’s impressive run.
However, 39-year-old world number 16 Williams, who last lifted the world title in 2003, handed Trump a 4-0 thrashing in his 2010 PTC Event triumph, and is 7/4 to please the home crowd by toppling Trump again.
Elsewhere, reigning World champion Mark Selby will collide with ‘the Belgian Bullet’ Luca Brecel, after squeezing past professional circuit veteran Peter Ebdon 4-3, clinching a tight deciding frame.
‘The Jester from Leicester’, odds-on 1/4 favourite, took his teenage opponent apart in their only ever meeting in 2011, comfortably cruising to a 4-0 victory a PTC Event. Sat-nav Selby is available at 40/1 to trounce Brecel in another whitewash in their latest clash.
This is the furthest stage Belgium’s 19-year-old has reached in any event this year, and the potting starlet is 16/5 to stun the World Champion.
Selby’s fellow Leicester-born potter Ben Woollaston shocked Northern Irishman Mark Allen to set up an encounter with Ali Carter, who narrowly edged past Matthew Selt to reach this stage.
‘The Captain’, odds-on 8/13 to win, will face a surprisingly stern test in Woollaston, with his opponent having beaten the returning crowd favourite on two of their three meetings since 2011.
Woollaston, who struck a superb maximum break in last year’s Lisbon Open, is 5/1 to triumph over the two-time world championship finalist in a deciding frame and claim a 4-3 result.
Meanwhile, Greek descendant Michael Georgiou will come up against four-time World Champion John Higgins, after conquering Wales’ Lee Walker and ‘the Pocket Dynamo’ Graeme Dott to reach the last 16 for the first time in any event during his career.
Although, ‘the Wizard of Wishaw’ Higgins is fine form after hammering Liang Wembo 4-0 and beating his inexperienced opponent by the same winning margin in their only ever meeting last year. The superb Scot is 17/5 to win by four frames to nil for a consecutive meeting.