There was only one “shock” in the last 128, the defeat of Kyren Wilson, but the last 64 brought a bit more with the exits of Mark Selby, Mark Allen, Marco Fu, Luca Brecel, and Liang Wenbo.
Ben Woollaston played really well in beating Mark Selby. Here is his post-match.
One interesting point is that for him, Mark Selby is just a mate, there is no fear factor coming into it. Today Judd Trump will play Jack Lisowski and Jack has the upper hand in their head-to-head. I suppose the fact that they were homies for years and share the same management also “removes” any intimidating factor that Judd might have when playing other players.
I didn’t see anything of the Mark Allen v Yuan Sijun match, however, it’s clear that Yuan is a player worth keeping an eye on, not just because of yesterday’s result, but because his results since the start of the season: he only turned pro in 2017, he’s won 10 out of 14 matches already this season and reached the QF in the China Championship.
Judd Trump made three centuries in a row as he came from 3-1 down to beat Zhao Xintong 4-3 at the BetVictor English Open.
A tremendous match saw China’s Zhao go 3-1 up with breaks of 55 and 84; Trump taking frame three with a run of 90. World number five Trump then rattled in 126, 108 and 109 to win in fine style. He goes through to play close friend Jack Lisowski in the last 32 in Crawley on Thursday.
“Zhao played really well, his long potting was amazing,” said Trump. “I was lucky to win in the end. I played a good last three frames. Zhao is one of the few players other than Ronnie I have really enjoyed playing. He is very natural and great to watch. It will be another very tough and close game tomorrow with Jack because he is probably the most improved player on the tour.”
World number one Mark Selby suffered a 4-3 defeat against Ben Woollaston, the biggest shock of the tournament so far.
Woollaston, ranked 42nd, trailed by 49 points with three reds left in the deciding frame but made a brilliant 51 clearance to beat his fellow Leicester pro and set up a last-32 match with Ricky Walden.
“Once I potted the last red and got on the black, I knew I had a chance to clear up,” said 2015 Welsh Open finalist Woollaston. “It was just about holding myself together. I was fortunate because Mark doesn’t often lose from that kind of position. I used to be a bit in awe of some of the top players but not any more. And when I play Mark I just feel as if I’m playing against a mate because I have known him for 20 years.
“You have so many disappointments in snooker but if I could have a week where I win a trophy it would all be worth it. I am trying to do that in every tournament. Winning today won’t mean much unless I can get to at least the quarters or semis.”
Matthew Stevens saw off Jimmy White 4-0 to set up a match with Ronnie O’Sullivan, who made a 147 earlier in the day. John Higgins top scored with 93 in a 4-1 win over Nigel Bond.
European Masters champion Jimmy Robertson saw his winning streak come to an end as he let slip a 3-0 lead over Jordan Brown, losing 4-3.
Lisowski came from 3-1 down to beat Ian Burns 4-3 with a top run of 100 while Neil Robertson top scored with 79 in a 4-2 win over Oliver Lines. Shaun Murphy made a 91 in the last frame as he beat David Gilbert 4-2.
And Ronnie was in the studio at the start of the evening with Jimmy playing at that time. The postmatch with John Higgins was quite interesting. It’s clear that Ronnie isn’t alone in his opinion that the current schedule and system are not sustainable if players are to deliver quality performances.
And here is Ronnie speaking about the pressure of making a maximum
Today will see two rounds played to completion: the last 32 in the morning and afternoon, and the last 16 in the evening. Ronnie will play Matthew Stevens at 1 pm UK time. Should he win, he will face the winner of Craig Steadman v Eden Sharav in the evening. It’s still best of 7.