With the QF to start in only a couple of hours, it’s time for a quick round up of what happened in the last 16…
Looking back at my predictions, I didn’t do too badly: I got 7 winners right out of 8 matches although I was quite off with some scores it must be said!
Mark Selby 5 – 4 Ryan Day
This is actually exactly the result I expected, for the reasons I considered. Mark Selby isn’t playing at his best currently, far from it, but he’s much more solid than Ryan under pressure and, of course, he’s more used to win big matches. It made the difference.
Marco Fu 5 – 1 Anthony McGill
I didn’t see the match, so it’s hard to comment, but I did expect a closer score especially as Marco had a bit of a dip in the two previous events.
Ding Junhui 5 – 4 John Higgins
The result I hoped for, I won’t lie. I like Ding’s game. But I wasn’t expecting the way it happened: at 4-0 down, I expected Ding to collapse. It’s happened so often in the past and with the recent loss of his mother he could have been forgiven not to be 100% focused. But what a come back! I have no doubts about Ding’s temperament anymore.
Stuart Bingham 1 – 5 Anthony Hamilton
The result I expected but not the score I expected. I watched only short bits of this one but it’s fair to say that Stuart was completely out of sorts there whilst “the Sheriff” was extremely solid and efficient.
Barry Hawkins 0 – 5 Neil Robertson
I didn’t watch this one and I’m baffled … OK, Barry Hawkins has the odd bad day in office and it’s usually very bad. Just remember the 2016 Masters final! But still, he had been the man in form recently and Neil certainly wasn’t. Neil Robertson said after the match that he has been working hard. It will be interesting to see if his new-found form is confirmed in the next round.
Allister Carter 5 – 4 Shaun Murphy
The result and a close match as I expected. Again I didn’t see the match, but Ali is the type of player who will cause problems to the ultra attacking: he’s a very solid all-rounder who plays conservatively. And he probably came to this one fresher than Shaun who was still potting balls (and winning) in Gibraltar on Sunday night
Ronnie O’Sullivan 5 – 1 Liang Wenbo
Again the result I expected but not the score I expected. Simply Ronnie played much better than I dared to hope for. Fingers crossed he can sustain this form in the coming days and weeks.
Judd Trump 5 – 2 Mark King
I could see two scenarios here and in fact we had a bit of both. Judd Trump completely outplayed Mark King for the first three frames. Then Mark started to play the type of game that allowed him to beat Ronnie in Berlin. But he wasn’t quite as solid as he had been then and he was too far behind. Judd stayed patient, applied himself and that was that.