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The business end of the 2022 World Snooker Championship is fast approaching, and already the top of the order is taking shape in who looks most likely to challenge for the crown.

Some high-profile names failed to make it past the first round as ninth seed Barry Hawkins and No. 10 Shaun Murphy were among those to fall early on.

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Most of the major figures advanced without much consternation, however, as top seeds Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan booked berths in the second round with encouraging displays.

It’s slightly surprising, therefore, that neither of that duo have taken the favourites tag as things stand. Six-time champion O’Sullivan is hoping to tie level with fellow legend Stephen Hendry on seven world titles, while reigning champion Selby wants to add his fifth such crown.

Instead, it’s 2010 winner Neil Robertson who’s a 10/3 front-runner ahead of his second-round meeting with 14th seed Jack Lisowski:

Robertson’s World Championship win of more than a decade ago also accounts for his only trip to the Crucible decider, but he’s well fancied to add to that tally in 2022.

The odds look tight just behind the leader, too, with each of O’Sullivan and Judd Trump valued at around 9/2 to take the top prize. Like Robertson, Trump has won just a single world title to date.

Selby sits just off that pace and is 7/1 to reclaim top spot in the world’s biggest snooker tournament, perhaps after many were expecting his 10-7 first-round win over Jamie Jones to be smoother sailing.

The current world No. 2 faces China’s Yan Bingtao in the second phase and is targeting a fifth World Championship in the past nine years, having won every final he’s featured in since finishing as runner-up to John Higgins in 2007.

Speaking of ‘The Wizard of Wishaw’, Higgins could stage a surprise from 14/1 odds if he goes all the way from his No. 6 seeding, and stranger things have happened at the Crucible.

Victory this month would make Higgins, 46, the oldest world snooker champion of all time, eclipsing Ray Reardon, who was 45 years and 203 days old when he won the last of his titles.

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