Day 1 in Hong Kong saw the first two quarter-finals played in front of a huge enthusiast crowd. The setup is very impressive. Judge by yourself by watching this short video posted by Barry Hawkins on twitter. Barry recorded it when re-entering the arena after the MSI.
Marco Fu beat Barry Hawkins by 5-3, from 3-1 down. Marco, of course, has all the expectations on his shoulders, being the local hero. The tension showed a bit before the MSI, but as the match unfolded, he played better and better, finishing with a 132 TC.
Neil Robertson beat Mark Selby by 5-3 as well and was always in front and in control. It was Mark Selby’s first outing since he suffered a foot injury and he was understandably a bit rusty.
As for Ronnie, he practiced by playing an exhibition match against Jimmy White.
He also gave an interview, saying that the event is a great success, that the best players in the world are there to enjoy the occasion and delight the fans. Asked about his chances to win it, he said that he doesn’t know, really, that everyone there has their chances, but that it’s a great opportunity to entertain the fans with quality matches and very rewarding.