Last year’s runner-up Barry Hawkins is 1/3 favourite to beat David Gilbert in his quest to return to the final whilst eight seed Marco Fu looks to overcome qualifier Martin Gould in the first round.
Barry Hawkins surprised many on his run to the final of the 2013 World Championships but the fifth seed will now
find many more expectations on his shoulders when he takes on David Gilbert in the first round of the 2014 World Championships.
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This time last year, Hawkins fought bravely on to the final only for defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to kill Hawkins’ dreams off in the final and successfully defend his title.
The world number four has managed to sustain his good form from last year and has used it to pick up the 2014 Players Tour Grand Championship beating Northern Ireland’s Gerard Greene in the final without losing a single frame.
Aside from that, Hawkins has also made appearances in the final four of both the Welsh Open and the Shanghai Masters making him one of the strong contenders to take the world title in 2014.
His task won’t be easy though as he goes up against world number 31 David Gilbert who is enjoying his best season to date as a professional player.
Gilbert has made appearances at almost every ranking event on the tour although he has yet to make it beyond the second round of any tournaments this year around.
It’s a similar story to his experiences at the World Championship having only gone as far as the second round in 2012 where he was eliminated by Australia’s Neil Robertson 10-6.
In the best of the rest of the day’s action, Hong Kong’s Marco Fu will get his campaign underway when he takes on England’s Martin Gould in the first round.
The seventh seed reached the semi-finals of the tournaments back in 2006 and his recent triumphs at the Australian Goldfields Open has shown that Fu is still a force to be reckoned on the global stage.
He will need to be at his best to beat qualifier Gould who defeated China’s Liang Wenbo to reach the first round although the World number 38 has only gone beyond the first round just once before at the World Championships.
Tuesday’s action will certainly see some interesting matches with championship contenders Barry Hawkins and Marco Fu needing to be at their best if they are to make it through to the next rounds.