There are six former world champions left within the hunt for glory this 12 months.
What started with 144 is now simply eight, with the 2021 World Snooker Championship having reached the quarter-finals stage on the Crucible Theatre.
Seven of the highest 16 seeds stay in competition, with the only real qualifier already understanding what it takes to go the space in Sheffield.
Certainly, there’s no scarcity of expertise proper throughout the board with a staggering 105 rating titles gathered between the eight who’re left.
Let’s check out every of the 4 World Championship quarter-finals fixtures.
Anthony McGill (16) vs Stuart Bingham
Anthony McGill has continued to point out his pedigree for the longer matches, underlining that his run to the semi-finals in final 12 months’s event was no fluke.
The Scot knocked out defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in wonderful style on Friday, withstanding his esteemed opponent’s comeback to nervelessly prevail in a decider.
McGill has had loads of time to recuperate after that emotionally draining affair as he bids to make the only desk set-up for the second successive season.
Against this, Stuart Bingham solely wrapped up his second-round tie on Monday, though it was a comparatively easy 13-6 triumph in opposition to Jamie Jones.
That is the primary 12 months that Bingham has challenged in direction of the enterprise finish of the competitors since capturing the title six years in the past, and he maybe oddly benefited from his look within the qualifiers earlier this month.
Each McGill and Bingham have been enjoying attacking snooker to get to this stage so count on the large breaks to circulation once more on this encounter.
There isn’t a lot to separate them from their head-to-head document, however Bingham would most likely be the marginal favorite given his total pedigree for the large event.
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Mark Williams (12) vs Mark Selby (4)
A battle of the three-time former world champions, Mark Williams and Mark Selby face one another in an fascinating tie that once more is tough to foretell.
Each opponents secured complete 13-7 victories within the final 16 and can certainly be feeling assured of going additional within the occasion.
Whereas Selby has loved a really constant season by way of type, successful the season-opening European Masters and including the Scottish Open crown simply earlier than Christmas, Williams has conjured up a considerably shocking upturn in his normal within the final couple of months.
Few had been speaking up the Welshman’s possibilities previous to March, however that has undoubtedly modified after backing up his WST Professional Sequence victory with a run to the World Championship quarter-finals for the tenth time.
Williams and Selby have been concerned in loads of humdingers previously, and their head-to-head reads solely barely in favour of the latter.
That stated, the Leicester man has loved the higher of their latest duels, successful their final three in rating occasions together with on the Gamers Championship in February.
Neil Robertson (3) vs Kyren Wilson (6)
For somebody who has been a relentless pressure on the high of the sport for 15 years, Neil Robertson’s document on the Crucible Theatre doesn’t actually make sense.
The Australian’s haul of simply three semi-final appearances is a poor illustration of the standard he has possessed in that interval, however this 12 months he’s in pretty much as good a spot as ever to make a sustained problem for the title he beforehand gained in 2010.
Robertson has already emerged victoriously from the 2 different greatest rating tournaments on the calendar this season, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in final month’s Tour Championship not lengthy after outlasting Judd Trump in a dramatic UK Championship finale.
Trump may doubtlessly be Robertson’s opponent within the final 4, however earlier than that the 39 year-old should negotiate a tough hurdle within the form of Kyren Wilson.
Wilson has been an ever-present within the second week of the World Championship since 2016 – showing on the quarter-finals level yearly since then and culminating in his run to the ultimate final August.
Robertson by some means virtually at all times manages to fall brief on this occasion and that is definitely a potential stumbling block, however you’d nonetheless have to provide the Melbourne man the sting.
Shaun Murphy (7) vs Judd Trump (2)
One other blockbuster affair pits 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy in opposition to world primary Judd Trump, the champion in Sheffield two years in the past.
Once more, these two gamers earned complete triumphs in a drawn-out second spherical that was, McGill’s victory apart, devoid of a lot pleasure and drama.
Whereas Murphy will characteristic within the final eight of a rating occasion for less than the third time this time period, it’s an unimaginable eleventh quarter-final of the marketing campaign for Trump.
The 31 year-old is undoubtedly the favorite for glory this 12 months, however there’s nonetheless loads of work to be executed to ensure that him to etch his title onto the silverware for a second time.
Taking the Championship League out of the equation, Trump boasts solely a slender head-to-head benefit over Murphy and has really misplaced to the Magician the final two instances they’ve met one another.
With Murphy, it’s unlikely that he’ll be overawed by the event or the opponent so it’s extra of a case of whether or not he’ll be firing at full capability or not.
If the 38 year-old throws in one among his off days, Trump may draw back like he managed to throughout his final encounter in opposition to David Gilbert.
Nevertheless, if Murphy had been to provide his A-game all through, the Crucible crowd that will increase to 75% capability might be in for a thriller.
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