English Open, 1st round. The match will be played at 11:00 a.m.
It will be a distance match up to 4 frames won. The 32-year-old Englishman Woollaston has been a professional for 14 seasons, between 2006-2008 and since 2009. He is ranked 40th in the main ranking, and in the annual ranking he is in 29th place. The 41-year-old Englishman Higginson has been playing professionally 21 years, had 2 breaks in professional career: 1999-2000 and 2004-2006. Currently he is ranked 58th, in 1-year ranking he is 24th.
Woollaston's first epizode in Main Tour was unsuccesfully. But between 2009 - 2016 he builds his ranking and finally reached 27th place. For the last 3 years he is slowly losing his position and currently closes the top four of the ranking. In the end of 2018-2019 season he was 39th. Higginson was a player in the top 50th from 2006 to 2018. During this time he built your position from 44th to 18th position in 2012. But in the last 7 years he lost his position, and in 2018 he fell out of the top 50.
H2H: 6 matches between 2005-2019: 2-4, including 36 frames (15:21).
Season 2019/2020: Woollaston played 8 matches, 5-3, including 61 frames 31:30. He constructed 12 breaks 50+ (1 on 5,08 frames). He has played in 3 tournaments so far. He lost to Chen Zifan (rank. 102), Selby (rank. 5), Selt (rank. 28). He won against M. Davis (rank. 38), Thor Chuan Leong (rank. 83), King (rank. 32) and Heathcote (rank. 93).
Higginson played 8 matches, 4-4, including 67 frames 30:37, build 11 breaks 50+ (1 in 6,09), including 1 - 100+. He played in 4 tournaments, twice lost 1st match. He lost to Luo Honghao (rank. 69) , to Higgins (rank. 6), to Ford (rank. 25), to Carrington (rank. 49). He won against Xu Si (rank 124), Lisowski (rank. 11), Jimmy Robertson (rank. 22) , Astley (rank. 76). He lost last 2 matches, all his defeats were high!
Summary: despite Woollaston's recent victory over Heathcote, I don't trust his form. Newcomer Heathcote lost the last 4 frames more then Woollaston won in a match in which he clearly led. Higginson is not in a stable form, but he will be a more difficult rival for Ben. H2H statistics show that Higginson is doing well with this rival. I think he can confirm this in this match. The price for his victory is satisfying for me. Average rate - 5/10 units.