International Championship 2016 – Day 4

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Day 4 didn’t bring that many surprises. To me the biggest one was Neil Robertson trashing at the hands of Joe Perry. Of course Joe is a solid player, we all know that, but Neil is a top player and the score was quite severe. As the match wasn’t on television it’s hard to say more. Michael Holt’s win over Ronnie wasn’t that much of a surprise to me: to his own admission Ronnie is struggling with his game at the moment and Michael always seems to play his best snooker against him, and his best snooker is very good indeed. Also, having beaten Ronnie already twice this year, he was coming to this match confident that he could do it again.

We had two deciders …

Marl Selby needed the whole 11 frames to get the best of Liang Wenbo, but we know how good the World Champion is in those tense situations and he proved it again. Here is the deciding frame:

Ding Junhui lead 5-2 but got pegged back to 5-5 by Ricky Walden. The decider was extremely tense and went on to the last colours. Ricky will have nightmares about that last brown, no doubt, especially as he won this event in 2014 and really needed to progress further to stay in the top 16 …

All detailed results are on Cuetracker as usual.