The Quarter-Finals take centre stage at the 2020 Scottish Open on Friday with five of the world’s top ten players aiming to remain in contention for the title.
The cream has risen to the top in the season’s third Home Nation Series event, with a clutch of decorated names left standing, as well as three in-form outsiders.
Mark Selby, who claimed the title with victory over Jack Lisowski in Glasgow last year, is aiming to become the first player to successfully retain this crown.
The three-time World Champion has continued his superb start to the season to move into his fifth Quarter-Final in seven tournament appearances.
The reigning European Masters champion has dropped just six frames so far this week and kicks off the day’s action with a clash against a resurgent Ricky Walden.
Walden has defeated both Tom Ford and Mark Allen in last-frame deciders so far and is through to his first ranking Quarter-Final since last year’s English Open.
Selby, however, has dominated this fixture down the years, winning eleven of their 16 previous meetings.
World number one Judd Trump aims to move a step closer to a third ranking title of the season by ending the run of in-form Li Hang.
Trump has bounced back from last Sunday’s UK Championship final heartbreak superbly so far, brushing aside the likes of Liang Wenbo and Mark Williams en route to his 12th consecutive ranking Quarter-Final.
Only once in five ranking tournament appearances this season has ‘The Ace In The Pack’ failed to reach the final, a staggering record which underlines his recent dominance of the sport.
Hang, meanwhile, finds himself in only a second ranking Quarter-Final, the first of which coming at last year’s Shoot-Out.
The Chinese ace has already dispatched the likes of Noppon Saengkham and Stuart Bingham and will be eyeing what would be the biggest win of his career so far.
Reigning World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan remains in pursuit of his first ranking title of the season and faces a mouth-watering clash with China’s number one – Ding Junhui.
The Rocket finished runner-up in the recent Northern Ireland Open before suffering a shock Second Round exit at the hands of Alexander Ursenbacher at the UK Championship.
He is yet to fully catch fire this week, having suffered problems with his cue tip during various matches, but will look to go through the gears as the stakes and format increase.
Ding will be out to avenge his defeats to his snooker idol in both the World Championship and Northern Ireland Open this year as he looks to reach his first ranking Semi-Final since his UK Championship triumph 12 months ago.
Ding has dropped just five frames on the way to defeating Mark Davis, Andy Hicks, Martin O’Donnell and Jamie O’Neill so far this week, recovering from 3-1 down to prevail in the latter.
Another fascinating contest sees Championship League winner Kyren Wilson take on a rejuvenated Jamie Jones.
Wilson is into his fifth Quarter-Final in six ranking tournament appearances this season, having defeated the likes of Michael Holt and Barry Hawkins in high quality encounters.
Welsh ace Jones, meanwhile finds himself at this stage of a ranking event for the first time in three years, having kicked on from his run to the Last 16 of the UK Championship.
Jones returned to the tour via Qualifying School this year after serving a one-year ban from the sport after failing to report a corrupt approach.
The action gets underway from 12pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine frames.
Scottish Open 2020 Match Schedule
Friday December 11
Mark Selby v Ricky Walden
Judd Trump v Li Hang
Kyren Wilson v Jamie Jones
Ding Junhui v Ronnie O’Sullivan