The winner of the 2014 Snooker World Open was Shaun Murphy, and he will be defending his title again this year, but is he likely to succeed, or should bettors look to put their money on someone else winning the event?
- Outright Winner: Neil Robertson 11/2, Mark Selby 11/2, Judd Trump 7/1, Ding Junhui 15/2, Shaun Murphy 10/1
- Neil Robertson has been ranked the World Number 1 several times, achieving the feat for the first time in 2010 and then again in 2013 and 2014. He beat Mark Allen in the Champion of Champions event in November last year, and reached the final of the Welsh Open in February of this year, but was bettered by Ronnie O’Sullivan. He is currently ranked 4th in the world.
- Mark Selby is the current World Number 1, and won the World Snooker Championship in May, beating Ding Junhui by 18 frames to 14. He also won the Gdynia Open in February, beating fellow Englishman Martin Gould in the final.
- Judd Trump is ranked 5th in the world at the time of writing, but has previously been the World Number 1. He won the China Open in April after beating Ricky Walden 10 frames to 4, and in March this year he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the non-ranking 2016 Championship League tournament.
- Ding Junhui is another player who has enjoyed some time as the World Number 1, and earlier this year he became the first Asian player to reach the final of the World Championship. He also achieved seven century breaks in his semi-final match against Alan McManus in that tournament, setting a new record for the most century breaks achieved by a single player in a World Championship match at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
- Shaun Murphy is currently ranked 3rd in the world, which is the highest ranking that he has achieved thus far in his professional career. He currently holds the World Open title, and he beat Neil Roberston in January of last year to win his first Masters title in the 2015 Masters tournament.
A good case can be made for all of the players who head the betting markets for the 2016 World Open, but Shaun Murphy will probably have more reason than most to want to win this year. His success in 2014 gave him the title, and he will be very keen to defend it successfully here. Murphy is also the only player of the five that we have highlighted who has yet to achieve World Number 1 status, so he will be motivated to improve on his current ranking of 3rd. With all of that in mind, odds of 10/1 on him winning rather generous, so we’ll tip him to do exactly that and watch with interest.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: An each-way bet on Shaun Murphy to win at 10/1
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.