Yesterday in Berlin saw the conclusion of the last 32 round and the start of the lest 16. There were more “last 16 casualties” in the morning and afternoon sessions as Neil Robertson, Mark Williams and Marco Fu also went out at that stage. This left us with just 4 top 16 players in the top 16 round: Mark Selby, Stuart Bingham, Ali Carter and Barry Hawkins. And Stuart was quite lucky to come against a rather weak opponent because he was far from convincing.
Thursday 2 Feb 2017 06:47PM
Ben Woollaston scored a tremendous 5-4 win over Neil Robertson to reach the last 16 of the F66.com German Masters in Berlin – and improved his chances of qualifying for next week’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix.
World number 27 Woollaston knocked out the player ranked 20 places above him to set up a meeting with Barry Hawkins tomorrow at the Tempodrom.
Leicester’s Woollaston is now up to 34th on the provisional one-year ranking list so one more win in Berlin could make him one of the 32 players to earn a place at next week’s tournament at the Preston Guild Hall. For live updates on that race CLICK HERE
Woollaston built a 4-2 lead with top breaks of 83, 61, 117 and 68. In frame seven he missed a tricky blue when just two pots from victory. Australia’s Robertson knocked in an excellent long blue and added the pink for 4-3, then took the next with a run of 59 to force the decider. But it was Woollaston who won the last frame with runs of 38 and 40.
World Champion Mark Selby eased to a 5-0 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh with top runs of 53, 100, 70, 64 and 85.
Selby now meets Anthony Hamilton, who kept his excellent season going with a 5-3 win over Mark Williams. David Gilbert saw off Scottish Open champion Marco Fu 5-3 while Michael Holt beat Stuart Carrington 5-1.
China’s Yan Bingtao remains just inside the top 32 of the one-year list thanks to a 5-2 win over Dominic Dale. Stuart Bingham top scored with 129 in a 5-3 win over Zhang Yong while Barry Hawkins beat Michael White 5-1.
I was particularly happy to seen Ben winning over Neil Robertson. It’s not that I dislike Neil but, maybe it’s because of my European background, there was a gesture that I really didn’t like at the end of frame 7, one of those big fist pumping that I feel as an aggression. I know that others don’t see it this way, they see it as an expression of how much it matters for the player, but I also know, because I heard it from the people involved, that many players hate to be at the receiving end of such gestures.
The evening saw four of the last 16 round matches played. Ali Cater was the only top 16 member involved and he won his match in a decider. His young opponent Zhao Xintong is a terrific prospect, but he’s still raw and it showed against the experienced Ali. Martin Gould kept his defence alive and looks in good nick although he’s always struggling a bit when the finishing line is in sight.
Thursday 2 Feb 2017 10:37PM
Ali Carter scored a 5-4 win over young Chinese talent Zhao Xintong to reach the quarter-finals of the F66.com German Masters.
Zhao, 19, has been tipped for stardom and showed the extent of his talent when he beat John Higgins 5-1 to qualify for the final stages in Berlin. And he looked capable of taking another big scalp tonight when he led 4-3, but lost the the last two frames. World number 14 Carter goes through to meet Tom Ford at the Tempodrom on Friday evening.
Carter made breaks of 77, 117 and 67 in taking a 3-2 lead before Zhao hit back with 90 and 69 to go 4-3 ahead. Carter dominated the eighth frame to force the decider.
Zhao had one clear scoring chance but made just 8 before going in-off in potting a red to a top corner. Chelmsford’s Carter, who won this title in 2013, took advantage with a run of 58 to cross the winning line.
Ford came from 2-1 down to score a 5-2 win over Mark King, and made breaks of 73, 62 and 66. Leicester’s Ford is now certain to qualify for next week’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston – for the latest on that race CLICK HERE
Defending champion Martin Gould saw off Ricky Walden 5-3. Gould raced into a 4-0 lead with a top break of 61, and despite losing the next three frames he clinched it in the eighth with a 64.
Gould now meets Ryan Day, who edged out Robin Hull 5-4. Day trailed 3-0 but won five of the next six frames with top breaks of 132 and 104.
So today we’ll have the conclusion of the last 16 in the afternoon and the QFs in the evening. This means that four players will have to play two matches today.