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Ladbrokes Mobile Masters 2011 - Quarter-Final Preview

Ladbrokes Mobile Masters 2011 - Quarter-Final Preview

After four days of intense, often scrappy performances we have our eight quarter-finalists. A week of shocks mean the highest ranked amongst those to have made it through include Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui and Peter Ebdon. Its time for the quarter-finals preview!

Thursday 13:30 - Ding Junhui v Graeme Dott

Ding Junhui

Interesting and hard to predict match this one. Both players definitely were not playing at their best during their first round matches, but both showed flashes of brilliances. Graeme's was at the start of his match and Ding's was towards the end. Graeme will probably be the happiest of the two though having taken out John Higgins in the previous round, but I still slightly favour Ding Junhui to win this match, but I suspect it will be close either way (6-5 to Ding).

 

Thursday 19:00 - Mark King v Jamie Cope

Mark King at EPTC4

Another interesting match to predict. More of a clash of styles than the previous one, Jamie Cope being a prolific break builder and Mark King being a brilliant match-player and a top grinder. One advantage that Jamie has going into this match is that he only finished his last match yesterday and will have been out in the arena more recently than Mark who played the very first match on Sunday. But if you look at both matches Mark played some fantastic snooker at times to beat Mark Selby and Jamie struggled over the line against Shaun Murphy so I slightly favour Mark King to win and reach his first Masters semi-final after around 11 years of trying (6-4 to Mark).

 

Friday 13:30 - Mark Allen v Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson

Most arguably the tie of the quarter-finals. The only top 8 seed remaining Neil Robertson against Ronnie-slayer Mark Allen. Neil looked quite good against Stephen Hendry in yesterday's match, he wasn't at his best, demonstrated by the lack of century breaks, but he produced some cracking long pots along the way so that part of his game seems to be in top shape. Mark said he wasn't playing at his best on Tuesday, but his B game was enough to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan and he will be brimming full of confidence. I still think Neil Robertson will go on to win the match though, he seemed the most consistent in his first round match (6-4 to Neil).

 

Friday 19:00 - Peter Ebdon v Marco Fu

Marco Fu

Out of all the players this week, Marco Fu is the only one to have made two century breaks in his first round match and if he didn't ease off the gas towards the end of his match with Stephen Maguire it would make him the overwhelming favourite against Peter Ebdon. Peter's match against Ali Carter was by no means a classic and most of the frames drifted past the 20 minute mark in true Ebdon style. Peter wasn't playing badly but he was certainly helped along the way by Ali so I will slightly favour Marco Fu here. He will want to prove that even though he is out of the top 16 that he is definitely not one to be forgotten about. (6-5 to Marco).

Posted Jan 13, 2011   
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