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2015 World Snooker Championship quarter final tips – Ding to beat Trump


We're also backing Anthony McGill to stumble against Shaun Murphy

The last eight of the 2015 World Snooker Championship promises to be something special.

Aside from Mark Selby, the big guns are remaining at the Crucible, with Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson especially impressive when despatching Matthew Stevens and Ali Carter respectively.

Here are the big match verdicts and tips for the last eight:

Anthony McGill v Shaun Murphy
McGill has been excellent when beating Stephen Maguire and Mark Selby, having come through three qualifying rounds to reach the Crucible for the first time.

However, Selby really was off-colour in that second round match and it’s not an accusation that can be levelled against Shaun Murphy, with the 2005 champion cruising past Robin Hull and Joe Perry.

Murphy also has bags of experience when it comes to these sort of matches and this could be where McGill comes up short, even if the qualifier has little to lose.

We reckon that a 13-8 victory will be close in this one, with Murphy enjoying the sort of form that should see him compete with Neil Robertson in the semis.


Neil Robertson v Barry Hawkins
A final and semi-final appearance in the past two years means that Hawkins can’t be taken lightly, with the Battler of Hastings having come from behind to beat Mark Allen in his last match.

Hawkins played himself into some form when reaching the last eight of the China Open although a big performance is required to beat Neil Robertson, a player who made short work of Jamie Jones in the first round.

He then withstood the challenge of Ali Carter in the next round and we should note that he reached the semis last year before narrowly losing to eventual winner Mark Selby.


Ding Junhui v Judd Trump
The match of the quarter-final stage and a repeat of the semi-final clash in 2011 which saw Judd claim a 17-15 victory before losing to John Higgins in the final.

This encounter should be equally as close, although the way in which Ding despatched John Higgins after going 5-1 down suggests he might just beat the Bristolian, having won the German Masters final against him last year.

Trump has been competent enough to reach this stage of the competition, although his snooker has been sluggish against Stuart Carrington and Marco Fu, not the sort of game which might win you a World Championship.


Ronnie O’Sullivan v Stuart Bingham
Bingham has been pretty good in this World Championship and would clearly love to get down to the “one table” format at the Crucible. However, “ball run” faces the toughest possible opponent in his quest for a semi-final spot.

Ronnie has made short work of Steadman and Stevens to reach this stage of the competition, with the Rocket having thrashed Bingham 6-0 in the World Grand Prix as recently as last month.

Two years ago, the pair met at this stage of the World Championship and O’Sullivan ran out a 13-4 winner. While Bingham might get a bit closer this time, the writing is surely on the wall.


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  1. You obviously don’t know much about Snooker if you think Ding will beat Trump. You state that Ding is playing well? He was average in both his matches do far and Trump was superb against Fu. There is only one winner in that match and it isn’t Ding.