Day 1 didn’t see big names crash out, but it wasn’t the same on day 2 in Barnsley.
Indeed Stephen Maguire, Joe Perry, Graeme Dott, Marco Fu, Mark King, Martin Gould and Ryan Day all lost whilst Mark Selby was given a scare as he had to win by 4-2 from 2-3 down against Scott Donaldson. In fairness, the World Champion, back against the wall, was nearly faultless in the last two frames. Also Zhou Yuelong, one of the most promising young Chinese players, pulled out which is a shame really as he’s very good to watch.
Someone who played much , much, better than he has done of late is Neil Robertson. Ryan Day’s defeat, leaves the door open for him, or Liang Wenbo, to try to regain a top 16 slot before the Masters in January. Here is Matt Huart covering the subject of the race to the Masters.
Here is the order of play for this morning/afternoon.