The last 32 round of the World Grand Prix saw a few surprising results: all three of Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and Ronnie went out.
Neil was very poor against Peter Ebdon, who wasn’t exactly brilliant himself. There must be something in Peter’s game that doesn’t suit Neil because their head to head is 6-2 in Peter’s favour.
Ronnie lost to Michael Holt who, truth to be said, played fantastic snooker, especially in the first three frames. From 3-0 down Ronnie fought back to 3-3 but it wasn’t enough.
Mark Selby fell 3-1 behind against Tom Ford, after winning the first frame, and, for once, wasn’t able to come back. He had chances, but he too wasn’t at his best. Tom is a very good player but his temperament has let him down at times. Not this time, and Tom himself admitted that having known Mark since childhood – they are both from Leicester – helped him relax in this occurrence.
Three players who didn’t mess around and looked very solid are John Higgins, Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy. There is however a concern regarding Judd as, yesterday evening, his manager was asking advice on twitter about a doctor in Landudno, saying that Judd needed to see one urgently. John Higgins beating Stephen Maguire (and not Joe Swail as the sponsors seems to think) means that the latter is now in real danger to have to qualify for the Crucible.
Two players still in the draw and in contention for an automatic Crucible spot are Kyren Wilson and Liang Wenbo. ITV4 showed the last frames of the Kyren Wilson v Jamie Jones match, and the way Kyren won the fifth frame, after needing two snookers, was really impressive.
All Welsh hopes now are on Ryan Day’s shoulders, the only local man still in it. He’s facing John Higgins later today …
You can find all the detailed results on cuetracker, thanks to Ron Florax.