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John Higgins v Jamie Jones - Australian Goldfields snooker Open Semi-Final preview and tips

Jamie Shaw 3 Jul 2015
  • Higgins has not lost in a ranking event Semi-Final since 2009
  • Jones is appearing in his first world ranking event Semi-Final
John Higgins of Scotland plays a shot using the rest (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Emerging Welsh star Jamie Jones aims to pull off another upset by defying John Higgins in bid to reach his first career world ranking final in Bendigo on Saturday.

Watch and bet on Higgins v Jones live at Bet365 > Sports > Live streaming Snooker


The world number 40 has already defied the odds by overcoming three of world's top 18 players en route to the penultimate stage of the season's first major this week. 

Jones, whose breakthrough came at the 2012 World Championship, defeated Mark Davis, before thrashing world number one Mark Selby 5-1 and recovering from 4-2 down to edge out compatriot Michael Holt 5-4.

The 27-year-old, however, knows he must sustain the level of form he has showcased this week and potentially more if he is to halt a man who has not lost in a ranking event Semi-Final since the 2009 Shanghai Masters. 

Higgins remains on course for a 27th career ranking title and what would be a first on Australian soil, having previously never been beyond the second round of this event.

Following a torrid 18-month spell in which he regularly changed cues, the Scot has enjoyed a welcome return to form in 2015, notably lifting the Welsh Open trophy in March. 

The number ten seed has rarely come under threat in his victories over Michael Georgiou, Fergal O'Brien and Joe Perry this week and appears to have picked up from where he left off in reaching the Snooker World Cup final alongside Stephen Maguire a fortnight ago.

This will be the third meeting between the pair in major competition, with each having won one game apiece in 2012 over similar formats. 

The match gets underway at 4am BST on Saturday and is to be contested over the best of 11 frames from the Bendigo Stadium.

Either world number 15 Stephen Maguire or former Championship League winner - Martin Gould - awaits the winner in Sunday's show-piece final. 


Breaking new ground: Jamie Jones (Photo by Chinafotopress/Getty Images)

Player's view:

Higgins: "Jamie made a great clearance in the last frame today so he’ll be very confident and it should be a good match. If I get to the final I would love to play Stephen Maguire – we talked about that possibility on our way over here from the World Cup."

Jones: "It won't be easy, John is a legend of the game. I'm looking forward to it and I'll give it my best shot."

Bettingpro.com verdict:

Jones has come of age Down Under this week and will take huge encouragement from his big-name scalps en route to the last four, but this latest test could prove a bridge too far.

Higgins' superior all-round game and vast experience of such occasions make him the favourite to become the first man through to the final, although this is unlikely to be a walkover for the 'Wizard of Wishaw' over the extended format. 

Our top three tips (odds with William Hill):

  • Higgins -1.5 frames handicap @ 8/11
  • Higgins to win the first mini-session @ 6/5
  • Over 9.5 total frames @ EVS

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