Selby and O’Sullivan new favourites as Trump suffers shock exit
It was only earlier this week we were saying how there had been a surprising lack of shocks at this year’s World Snooker Championships.
Well, clearly that was just the calm before the storm.
And last night’s storm saw pre-tournament favourite Judd Trump defeated by qualifier and 1,000/1 fancy Rory McLeod 10-8.
The 27-year-old must now wait another 12 months for a shot at landing his first world title, and the result was even more remarkable considering Trump raced into a 4-0 lead.
Trump, who had reached five major finals this season, will also face a fine from the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association for not fulfilling post-match media duties.
His management have also said the second seed was unwell during the match, and the Bristol-born potter had been seen grimacing with a shoulder or arm concern.
Whatever the reasons for the loss, Trump’s exit has blown the tournament wide open, and reigning champion Mark Selby is the new favourite at 3/1.
Selby waltzed past Fergal O’Brien 10-2 in his opening match, and will face Xiao Guodong next.
Behind the Jester from Leicester is the magic man himself, Ronnie O’Sullivan at 7/2.
Despite courting controversy with comments regarding snooker’s officials this week, the Rocket eased past Gary Wilson 10-7 in round one.
But due to being ranked only 12th for this event, the five-time champion must now face a potentially thrilling clash with 2005 champion Shaun Murphy.
Should Murphy prevail over O’Sullivan, then his price will crash down from 16/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing