Ronnie O’Sullivan made a timely return to the professional game for this tournament and the Rocket has been relatively untroubled on his way to the semi-finals, with the Chigwell potter having accounted for Marcus Campbell and Ali Carter before a dominant performance against Stuart Bingham.
Can Ronnie retain his world title and claim a fifth world crown in Sheffield? He’s an odds-on chance with all bookmakers on the outright market and only BetVictor still go 10/11 about this amazing natural talent who can punish opponents with quick visits to the table in order to tie up frames.
It was noticeable against Carter that O’Sullivan did miss a few balls when put under pressure and we should note that the Captain did level the match at 7-7 before letting his opponent get away again. Perhaps an in-form Judd Trump stands a chance of winning this match?
It all depends on whether the number four seed turns up in this match, with the Bristol player having afforded Shaun Murphy a monster lead during their quarter final tie before recovering to beat the Magician 13-12 in a final-frame decider.
At least the match demonstrated that Trump can hold his nerve on the big occasion and this will be the youngster’s second Crucible semi-final, having beaten Ding Junhui in 2011 to book his place in a final that he only narrowly lost to John Higgins.
Trump is a 13/8 chance with bet365 to win this semi-final and he can certainly go the distance with O’Sullivan providing that he takes his chances when they come along. We have two players with similar attacking styles of play and that could lead to an exciting encounter.
Perhaps Ronnie will eventually come out on top and a 17-10 victory in the Rocket’s favour can be backed at 18/1 with BetVictor which is possible if the 37-year-old manages to build up a head of steam. Alternatively, Judd is 14/1 to win 17-15 and become a major favourite to claim his first world title.