Doherty hoping to maintain form

Tags: Ken Doherty, Robbie Williams, World Open Qualifiers,

Former World Champion Ken Doherty will be looking to maintain his recent form when he takes on Robbie Williams in the World Open Qualifiers on Sunday. The 47-year-old comes into the contest after a win at the European Masters Qualifying event, where he beat England’s Barry Hawkins. Doherty, the 1997 world champion, proved his class to win 4-3 in Preston and that was his second high-profile win of the week after he took care of Ali Carter 4-2 to qualify for the Indian Open later this year and the veteran is starting to show signs of his former self.


He was given an invitational tour card earlier this year after falling away in 2016 but Doherty will be confident of overcoming Williams on Sunday at the Guild Hall in Preston. Both Williams and Doherty are priced at 17/20 to win the match with Dafabet. A number of other matches take place on Sunday, with Lee Walker facing Paul Davison in the early contest. Stephen Maguire and Matthew Bolton will also meet head on, while Shaun Murphy faces Alex Borg in the evening match.


Marco Fu is expected to overcome Sean O’Sullivan in their encounter, with the latter priced at 9/2 to win. Welshman Mark Williams faces off against Christopher Keogan, while Fergal O’Brien meets Michael Georgiou as they battle it out for a place in the next round. Irishman O’Brien is 8/13 favourite but Georgiou is priced at 23/20 to grab the win this weekend in Lancashire.


World Open Qualifiers odds available at Dafabet.