Betfred TV’s Mark Pearson
We’re over halfway in terms of days at the 2022 Betfred World Snooker Championship as we approach the quarter-final stage of this marathon sporting event.
With the second round due to be completed this evening we could have as many as six previous World Champions in the last eight, after John Higgins and Stuart Bingham booked their spots in the next round this afternoon, highlighting how past experience is crucial in this unique environment.
John Higgins is into a SIXTEENTH Crucible quarter-final after a 13-7 victory over Noppon Saengkham to join his fellow Class of ’92 graduates Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams.
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The Wizard of Wishaw said: “I came out last night and played probably the best I’ve played in the tournament so I’m really pleased with that but you’re not happy in the quarter-finals, you obviously want to go further.”
Higgins sets up a last eight match with either Neil Robertson, who he last played here at the same stage in 2019, a match he won 13-10 on route to a runner-up finish, or against Jack Lisowski, who he beat 13-1 the previous year in the last 16.
Hear the full John Higgins Interview here:
Joining the 46-year-old in the last eight is the 2015 Ruler of the World, Stuart Bingham. ‘Ball Run’ suggested his breakfast Snickers played a part in his victory as he came out firing this morning taking five of the six frames played to run out a 13-9 winner against Kyren Wilson.
Bingham could now line-up against Judd Trump tomorrow, a player he beat at the same stage on route to glory in 2015 but is not reading anything into the potential symmetry to a title challenge.
He said: “On the match it could have gone either way and I remember going a couple of frames up, and Judd pulled it back and it kept going like that.
“It went 16-16 and I remember making a plant in the deciding frame and it was just that one shot that changed the match. Obviously, he has won it since and when I play him it is going to be very very tough.”
However, it could be a repeat of last year’s quarter-final with Anthony McGill which went to a classic deciding frame and it could have gone either way. The Scot may use that defeat as fuel to succeed this time around.
Hear the full Stuart Bingham Interview here:
So, Bingham and Higgins join fellow former Champions Mark Williams and Ronnie O’Sullivan as well as Stephen Maguire and Yan Bingtao who keeps the hopes alive of a first Asian Betfred World Champion.
Who will complete the line-up this evening? Tune in to find out!