No personal comments today, as I didn’t see a thing… but here is the report by Worldsnooker
World number one Judd Trump edged out Joe Perry 5-4 in a contest which came down to the last two balls at the Zhiyuan World Open.
Trump, aiming to win a sixth title within the past year, is through to the quarter-finals in Yushan and will face Michael Holt on Friday. But he would have been on the plane home from China had Perry taken one of numerous match-winning chances.
After winning the first three frames with top breaks of 135 and 74, Trump saw his opponent take four in a row with top runs of 123, 70 and 129. World number 15 Perry could have clinched the match in frame eight but missed a red to a centre pocket at 41-37 and Trump took advantage for 4-4.
The decider came down to the last two reds and, after Perry failed to convert a tough long pot to a baulk corner, Trump cleared to the pink before missing it along the right-hand side cushion, leading by nine points. Perry was left with a difficult pink along the top cushion and rattled it in the jaws, leaving Trump a pot to a centre pocket which he slotted home.
“I was in control at 3-0, then at 3-1 Joe had a big fluke and that turned it around,” said World Champion Trump. “A few things weren’t going my way and I was getting frustrated. In the end I just fell over the line. He had chances so he’ll be massively disappointed. There was a lot of tension in the last frame, it means a lot to everyone.
“There’s so much pressure here, you don’t want to be thinking about a tough loss on your flight home. Usually he wouldn’t miss those balls but in those situations you start taking too long and thinking about things that can go wrong. It’s a lifeline for me.”
“From 2-0 down I didn’t miss a ball,” said 2015 World Champion Bingham. “I felt better today than I did in my previous two matches. My game has been there but I have thrown in some bad performances. Every season my aim is to pick up a trophy. I haven’t had a good season so far so hopefully this week will kick it off.”
John Higgins trailed 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 in a Scottish derby against Graeme Dott, but still came through 5-4, making breaks of 60 and 69 in the last two frames.
“I feared the worst after the first two frames so I’m delighted to come back and win,” said four-time Crucible king Higgins. “I know I am hitting the ball better now so even at 2-0 down I was thinking if I got chances I had to take them.
“I was enjoying the game, even if I had lost I was enjoying competing and making some breaks. You can tell Graeme is hitting the ball really well at the moment and he is a great competitor.”
China’s Zhou Yuelong impressed in a 5-2 win over Ali Carter, making breaks of 131 and 134, while David Gilbert came from 2-1 down to beat Mark Allen 5-3. Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh top scored with 74 in a 5-3 win over Sunny Akani.
Judd Trump v Michael Holt
Stuart Bingham v John Higgins
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v David Gilbert
Kyren Wilson v Zhou Yuelong