Well with Walden beating Ronnie in the Shanghai final, it shows he's got the quality to mix it with the best. I'd like to see Judd Trump get through as well, looks a good prospect for the future.
Murphy will be confident, but so will a lot of players I think. Higgins looked in good form in this tournament, Fu reached another final, Carter reaching another semi, Ding with a 147, Maguire was playing well until he came up against Murphy in this one and obviously Ronnie is always confident. You can never write off Hendry either, even if he's in the twilight of his career, he is still a top class player. Perry is getting ever better. And Selby is the defending champion, so he'll be well up for it.
I think the likes of Ebdon, Robertson and Dott are there just to make the numbers up. I don't think those three will cause any danger.