Today saw the start of the Shanghai Masters 2016 main event but Ronnie wasn’t playing today. However, Windy Xu shared a number of pictures on social media, giving us a rather good idea of what the day was made of for him. Thanks Windy!
More pictures from yesterday’s PR Lunch
Ronnie relaxing at the hotel
But not everyone had a day off today, 8 matches were played, and we got some surprises already.
From the 4 top 16 players involved, both Ricky Walden and Marco Fu lost their last 32 match, whilst both Ding Junhui and John Higgins were 3-1 down at the MSI and looked in danger, but they recovered and won.
There were also 4 wilcard round matches played today. Michael Holt and Anthony McGill won easily, Liang Wenbo, who will be Ronnie’s opponent tomorrow in a rematch of the 2009 final, won also, only by 5-3, and, surprisingly, Martin Gould got whitewashed by his young opponent Yuan Sijun.