Barry Hawkins looks a vulnerable favourite
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Barry Hawkins is a renowned slow starter who tends to peak for the start of the Betfred World Championship in April and that could make him a vulnerable favourite against Akani Songsermsawad in the second ranking event of the season in Yushan.
Hawkins is a classy operator but is rarely ready to roll in August and his 4-3 first-round defeat to Li Hang in last week’s Riga Masters, where he failed to register a break over 50, suggests he may once again take time to hit his stride.
The Hawk has not gone beyond the second round in his last eight attempts in the World Open and he was a first-round casualty 12 months ago when beaten 5-4 by Chris Wakelin.
Songsermsawad, on the other hand, is one of the most promising youngsters in the game and should continue to improve despite his unorthodox approach.
The talented Thai whitewashed Hawkins 6-0 in the third round of the Betway UK Championship last season and looks primed to spring another surprise on the world number seven.
Jack Lisowski, runner-up in the Riga Masters, and Chris Wakelin, a quarter-finalist in Latvia, contest an intriguing opening-round clash and the in-form pair could serve up a thriller.
A Songsermsawad +2.5 frames on handicap
2pts 5-6 Coral
1pt 3-1 Coral, Ladbrokes
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