Stephen Maguire's Beijing form certainly makes him one of the favourites for the world title but it's been ten years since the player who won the tournament immediately before the World Championship went on to triumph at the Crucible.
That was John Higgins, who won the 1998 British Open in Plymouth before landing the sport's greatest prize.
What does this mean? Probably nothing, as few players win back-to-back ranking titles in any case.
Maguire is in what appears to be the easiest quarter of the draw, which includes the struggling Graeme Dott and inconsistent Neil Robertson.
If he could get through this Shaun Murphy or Mark Selby could be waiting in the semis.
Whatever, it's good to see Stephen playing well again.
I'm going to crow here - because I get very little chance to do so - and republish something I wrote on this very blog last July:
Looking at the season as a whole I’m going to predict one player in particular to watch: Stephen Maguire.
You’ll recall the manner of his semi-final defeat to Higgins at the Crucible. Entering the final session leading 14-10 – having played superbly – he was beaten 17-15, missing the pink in losing a crucial 30th frame which would have put him 16-14 up.
I well remember Maguire turning pro in 1999. I interviewed him after his very first match. He seemed far too polite and reserved for this game but they breed them pretty tough in Glasgow and his personality soon came to the fore.
He’ll have been gutted by his Sheffield exit with the sure knowledge that he let a gilt-edged chance to become world champion slip.
And he’ll be back fighting harder than ever to prove himself as one of the game’s best, which he is, as proved by the manner in which he won the 2004 UK Championship.
I suspect he feels like a wounded animal at the moment and will want to get stuck into the new season to cast off the disappointments of the last campaign.
How things have turned round for him.
He heads to Sheffield in less than three week's time with the perfect chance to make amends for last year's disappointment.