Day 2 in Berlin produced a number of surprises with a lot of higher seeds going out.
The first two sessions saw the conclusion of the last 32, with Kurt Maflin beating Marco Fu convincingly and Mark Joyce sending Mark Allen home.
Kurt of course is an absolutely brilliant player on his day and Marco is a bit inconsistant and when he’s not on his game, he’s really poor. So not a real shock here. Mark Allen beaten by Mark Joyce is more surprising, although not that much. Allen hates Joyce methodical approach and made no mystery of how he felt after the match on twitter. “Needle” between those two is un understatement.
Young Belgian Luca Brecel beat even younger Zhao Xintong convincingly. World Champion Stuart Bingham beat Fergal O’ Brien by 5-2 but the match was much closer that the score suggests and … well, rather poor quality. Both players made countless mistakes.
The last session of the day saw the start of the last 16.
Mark Selby, the defending champion and world n°1, went out, beaten 5-3, at the hand of an applied Stephen Maguire. Maguire is trying to regain his last 16 spot and could well do it here in Germany.
Barry Hawkins, finalist at the Masters, also went out, also by 5-3, victim of the ever gritty Graeme Dott.
The two other matches were short and one sided. Judd Trump beat stable mate Zhang Anda, by 5-1, with three consecutive centuries to finish. The last one, a 120, was a failed maximum attempt: Judd snookered himself on the last yellow. Funnily, he was playing on the exact same table as the one he made a maximum here last year. Martin Gould trashed Ben Woollaston by 5-0.
For those who can’t watch Eurosport UK and enjoy the punditry, here it is:
Stuart Bingham v Fergal O’Brien
Mark Selby v Stephen Maguire
You can watch all the television matches and Eurosport footages (again) on SnookerRoom youtube channel
As usual cuetracker.net provides all the scores and details about the matches.