Robertson could fare better at Ricoh Arena
2010 world champ is still one of the game's elite
THE tenth instalment of the Championship League starts on Monday morning at its new home – the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
London or Essex-based players have landed this event on the last four occasions when it was played at Crondon Park, which is unsurprising given the nature of this event, and it could prove a noteworthy trend now the action switches to the West Midlands.
There are pros and cons to being drawn in the earlier groups, providing plenty of opportunity to qualify for the winners’ group as well as the risk of elimination.
Neil Robertson, the 2010 world champion, has slipped to seventh in the rankings, but the Aussie remains one of the game’s elite. He joins the action later this week and can qualify early on from Group Two.
Robertson’s record in this event isn’t great and he withdrew from the competition in the last two years. But he is the first big name to enter the fray and it’s worth chancing he can show his superiority before coming out on top when it matters in early March.
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