Riga Masters 2019 – Last 64

Very strange day this was in Riga…

There were no less than 12 players who didn’t show up: two Chinese and the two Iranians, likely because of visa issues, and eight others – including the defending champion, Neil Robertson, and Kyren Wilson probably because of  having their flights delayed / canceled.

To add to that there were some unexpected results as well, most notably Ali Carter going out to Jak Jones and Luca Brecel going out to Lyu Haotian, both bu 4-1.  Clearly some top players came there very rusty (but with a nice tan).

This all means that there are only three top 16 players left in the draw. Mark Selby is in the last 32 without even potting a ball: he got a bye in both the last 128 (held over) and last 64. Jack Lisowski played very well in patches but struggled to maintain his focus against Rodion Judin, an opponent who wasn’t really giving him much opposition: it should have been 4-0 easily. Mark Williams had a much sterner test against James Cahill who looks very determined to make the most of his second “run” as a pro. It was an excellent match that deserverdly went to a decider where Williams was on a century, didn’t realise, and chose not to pot the black…

Which triggered this reaction from Mark Williams on twitter

Willo doesn't know when he is on a ton...

Yuan Sijun played really well in beating Ricky Walden 4-1. I expect him to climb the rankings significantly this season.

Finally Jackson Page – who has a lot of expectations on his young shoulders – lost by 4-3 to Gary Wilson. No shame in that, especially as he came back from 3-0 down to 3-3…

 

 

One thought on “Riga Masters 2019 – Last 64

  1. The collapse of the draw with so many absentees actually makes this a very interesting tournament, albeit at this early stage of the season with most players a little underprepared. Almost anyone has a chance to achieve their best ever result, and we will see how they react. The three Chinese ‘Centennials’ all won, and players like Sam Craigie, Michael Holt, Gary Wilson, Liam Highfield might see this as a great opportunity.

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