International Championship 2016 – Day 5

It was quarter finals day in Daqing …



Both matches that Eurosport chose to show on television were close and very, very tense.

The match between Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy was very entertaining, with both players going for their shots as you would expect. the first couple of frames were rather nervy, with a good number of mistakes, but both improved as the match went on and after the MSI is was, extremely attacking on both sides. Shaun is clearly back to the ways that allowed him to become a World Champion at 23: if a ball can be potted, try to pot it! It was always going to a deciding frame and duly did. The decider itself, of course, saw them both make mistakes and it was full of twists and turns; it ended on a black ball game – of course – that Judd eventually won. All credits to both players though: they offered the fans a real treat.

The match between Stuart Bingham and Michael Holt was a two halves affair. Stuart raced to a 4-0 lead, feeding on Michael’s mistakes whilst playing well himself but not faultless. The MSI, as it often happens, changed the mood, and Michael came back a better player and after winning the first frame after the interval, looked a different man. He pegged Stuart back to 4-4 … again the decider was on the cards, and they duly found themselves at 5-5. Nerves crept it and both made a lot of mistakes in that last frame, but eventually it was Stuart who booked his place in the semi finals.

As for Ronnie, he put this on weibo:

Sorry I lost but not playing well enough at the moment. Loved being in China, Daqing has great food

His manager approved:

A little rice wine, just the 53% proof. Great company for dinner

Ronnie had previously told the Chinese media how he loved the area, the fresh air, the lake and the woods. Jason Francis put this image on twitter yesterday:

Daqing air is so clear and fresh… all be it bloody cold too