Friday, 22 April 2011

Higgins and Williams still the men to beat

Nearly a week has passed at this year's World Championship - but in my eyes nothing much has changed.

John Higgins and Mark Williams are still the players to be beaten. They've both been the most impressive performers so far.

Due to face each other in the semi-finals, I can't help but see this a the potential trophy deicider.

Sure, Ding Junhui, Shaun Murphy and Ronnie O'Sullivan have also shown they have the raw quality of title-winning form but so far only against feeble first round opposition.

Higgins and Williams meanwhile have already faced must sterner tests and look in champion mode.

Their break building has been effortless. And safety imperious. Despite both being handed arguably the most difficult first round draws, they're still in the race and have yet to be troubled. They've not even been made to sweat.

Mark brushed aside his Welsh counterpart Ryan Day 10-5 in the opener and now leads Jamie Cope 12-4 in the second, while John Higgins took care of Stephen Lee 10-5.

This shows they're coming through difficult games without a hint of a problem. The beauty of this is that they'll be ready for the tricky matches later in the tournament but still have plenty left in the tank.

It's also worth mentioning they both look as if they have plenty of gears to drive through as well. I can only see them improving. Between them they have five world titles. They know how to play the Crucible game.

So, you'd be silly not to back these two.

Just a thought anyway!

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