Day 2 in the Motorpoint Arena saw all the 64 players still in the tournament play their round 2 match.
Despite this being best of 7 – allegedly a lottery – most of the top players progressed with the notable exceptions of Ricky Walden, Ali Carter and Peter Ebdon. Ricky’s form has been very poor for quite some time so this isn’t a big surprise. Someone who has been in really bad form for over a year is Ding Junhui but he seems to be on the comeback now.
The Welsh crowd will be delighted to see all four of Matthew Stevens, Ryan Day, Mark Williams and Michael White still in it, although none of them, except maybe Matthew, had it easy.
One thing that baffles me is why Worldsnooker holds matches until late evening when tables are free. That’s hard on the players and referees and I’m not the only one wondering: Alan McManus posted the question on twitter this morning as well.
All the results and statistics are available on cuetracker.net . Thank you Ron Florax.