With only three matches today, it may have come across as a “light” day in Shanghai, but with the Class of 92 in action, it wasn’t really, especially as Ronnie is the Defending Champion and Mark Williams the World Champion. Both came through the winners in their last 16 matches, but John Higgins was beaten, in a deciding frame, by Ryan Day.
World Champion Mark Williams is showing no signs of letting his foot off the gas after another impressive display saw him overcome Scotland’s Anthony McGill 6-3.
The Welshman is looking to once again be in fine form this season, after claiming victory at the Yushan World Open last month. Although he did suffer a shock exit at the recent Six Red World Championship against the UAE’s Mohamad Shehab.
Williams is in a strong position to displace Mark Selby from the summit of the world rankings for the first time since February 2015. The Welshman is currently projected to overtake Selby by the New Year.
In today’s match Williams knocked in breaks of 52, 89, 61, 103 and 61. He will now face Barry Hawkins in the last eight.
Ryan Day overcame John Higgins in a final frame decider to secure a tense 6-5 victory.
Both players produced their best snooker in the latter stages of the clash as they attempted to jostle for the finish post. With Day leading 5-4, Higgins produced a sublime break of 136 to force a decider. However, it was Day who clinched victory with a gutsy contribution of 87.
A few years back you would have expected Ryan Day to fold under pressure, but no more so.
This is a link to their deciding frame. The opening red, under the circumstances was pure class, especially after John Higgins 136 in the previous frame! And the plant in the middle pocket that was in effect match ball wasn’t half bad either!