Shanghai Masters 2017 – round of 16

The round of 16 was played to a conclusion early afternoon in Shanghai (ungodly early morning in the UK and Europe) and this time it yielded a couple of upsets.


Jack Lisowski came from 3-1 and 4-2 down to beat Mark Allen despite the latter knocking in 3 centuries during the match. It’s really nice to see Jack playing well again and fighting hard. And Mark Williams sent the World Champion home. “Willo” is playing really well, and, to be fair to Mark Selby, he looks very tired, and going out at this stage is probably a blessing in disguise ahead of his UK defense. You don’t recover from severe fatigue in a couple of days; he will now have nearly two weeks off as he has not entered the Northern Ireland Open.

So here is what awaits us later today


That’s the full “class of 92” still in it, along with three young players, Luca, Jack, and Judd.

Ronnie beat Barry Hawkins quite comfortably, by 5-0


Thanks to Tai Chengzhe for these pictures

Regarding Ronnie’s performance, here are the stats:


It’s slightly misleading though because Ronnie’s long potting wasn’t anywhere as good as he would want it to be and he had to rely a lot on Barry’s mistakes to get in. Once in the balls, he was deadly and untangled a couple of really difficult situations on the table. Tonight (this afternoon for us) he will play Mark Williams and if he has to rely on Mark’s mistakes, I can’t see him win that one. But, of course, it’s another match, for both of them. And he’s in the QF, which, given the schedule and opposition he had to face, is more than I expected already. All good!

Here is the match: