Saturday, 15 September 2012

Snooker - Shanghai Masters Preview by Jeff Anderson

Shanghai Masters Snooker starts on Monday and you can read my preview for here

In the easier second quarter of the draw Martin Gould opens against
Ryan Day or Yan Wuchen. His likely second round opponent is then John
Higgins who was completely out of sorts in the Premier League on
Thursday despite beating Mark Allen. So I expect Gould to make the
last eight readily.

Gould - New coaching method is paying big dividends

Last month he started working with Stephen Feeney who has developed
and patented the SightRight coaching method. Immediately Feeney picked
up a fault with the way Gould was sighting the ball and fixed it
straightaway. A week later he triumphed in PTC2 and said afterwards
'The improvement has been beyond my expectation and every time I was
among the balls this week I felt as if I was going to clear up'. He
then followed this by losing deciding frame matches in European Tour
Event 1 and PTC3  to Alfie Burden and Stephen Lee - two players who
have shown marked improvement recently. The 50/1 (general) about the
Pinner Potter should be backed each-way.

In the third quarter of the draw Neil Robertson at 15/2 (general)
stands out as a possible winner. He impressed against Selby in his
Premier League opener last week and made the semi-finals here last
year. The Aussie continues to get stronger as his career progresses.
His cue action is gun-barrel straight which holds up really well under
pressure and his temperament is perfect. His first round against
Fergal O'Brien or the wildcard Chen Feilong should be straightforward
and this third quarter isn't the hardest either so he is definite
value at 15/2 outright (general).

In the bottom quarter Barry Hawkins is also worth an investment. He
has a tough opener but Judd Trump has disappointed since his UK title
success last December and has failed to make the last four of any
ranking event since. Trump now plays with slightly more abandon than
he did when lifting the UK title and it's usual that with experience
more safety is played and not less. You need to know when to duck a
shot and a major facet of his game is that he has more flukes than any
other player simply because he hits the ball so hard. But this also
means that when he misses a long pot at pace the object ball is more
likely to develop other balls on the table and leave your opponent in
- which you can't afford to do at this level.

Hawkins won his maiden ranking event the Australian Goldfields Open
title in July. In ET1 - The Paul Hunter Classic last month he beat
Trump and Robertson in his run to the semi-finals. After 16 years as a
professional he now thinks he can win - even when in losing positions
which is fundamental to turning your career around. The 80/1 with
sportingbet is worth a small stake each-way.

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