Could this be another World Championship winning year for John Higgins?

Only Ronnie O'Sullivan has won more World titles out of the players competing in this year's competition than John Higgins.

Could this be another World Championship winning year for John Higgins?
John Higgins won his first World Championship 18 years ago (photo: Getty Images)

John Higgins continued his excellent form with a resounding victory over Ryan Day as he went in search of a fifth World Championship title.

Day at has no answer to the Scottish whirlwind

Higgins already lead 7-2 after the first session and wasted no time in disposing of underdog Day. The Welshman did manage to take the first frame of the session, before Higgins began to find his groove oncemore.

The Scotsman won frame eleven, before breaks of 52 and 121 saw him over the line within an hour and a half of the session starting. The victory completes one of the best performances in the tournament thus far, with Higgins making four century breaks in his ten winning frames. His second round opponent Ricky Walden will have to be wary of the experienced campaigner over the weekend.

Could Mark Allen be a dark horse for the crown?

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen has been tipped by some as a potential World Champion this year and, after a nervy start, he set about his business in fine fashion against world number 74 and tournament debutant Mitchell Mann.

Mann actually opened up a 2-1 lead as he composed breaks of 69 and 77 in the first and third frame respectively, whilst Allen made a 74 in the second. Allen then began to take control as he cruised five consecutive frames, consisting of three half century breaks and a 104 as Mann struggled for time at the table. The underdog did eventually secure a third frame of his own at the end of play but it looks a long way back for the Englishman in Wednesday's second session.

The Crucible action continues on Tuesday evening as Neil Robertson attempts to overturn a three frame deficit against Michael Holt, whilst Barry Hawkins and Zhang Anda begin their campaigns.