Higgins finding form for Crucible challenge

John Higgins feels his form is finally returning as he prepares for his 20th appearance at the Crucible for another crack at the Snooker World Championship (Higgins 16/1 Tournament Outright).

The 38-year-old questioned his future in the sport after slipping to a first-round defeat at the hands of Mark Davis last year.

Having won the title in 2011, to go with his victories in 1998, 2007 and 2009, the Scot then lost to compatriot Stephen Hendry in the second round in 2012 before falling at the first hurdle 12 months ago.

And he hinted that his best days might be over after failing to rediscover the touch that took him to the top of the world rankings.

But the ‘Wizard of Wishaw’ has been competitive this season, with four quarter-final appearances as he prepares for another tilt at glory in Sheffield.

And regardless of how he gets on at the famous venue, the man who five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan feels is one of the top two players of all time, appears to be in a good place once again.

“I’m feeling 10 times better with my game,” he admitted. “Even if I do lose I’m feeling better and that’s the main thing.”

O’Sullivan remains the 11/8 favourite to win a third consecutive world crown and he will go into the event full of confidence having won three tournaments already this term, with victory in the Masters back in January certain to give him a shot in the arm.

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