Snooker is back at the Tempodrom for the second leg of the European Series.
Judd Trump who had not qualified for the European Masters is looking to make things right in Berlin and to stay in contention for the £150000
The world number one failed to qualify for last week’s European Masters in Austria and so watched Neil Robertson pick up the £80,000 first prize in Dornbirn.
That puts the Australian, also in the field at this week’s BetVictor German Masters, in pole position for the £150,000 extra pay-out for being top money-winner in a four-event series.
Reigning World Champion Trump, 30, is the favourite to lift the trophy at the 2,500-capacity Tempodrom in a strong field.
And if Trump can put pressure on world number four Robertson then he admits he may well enter the quickfire BetVictor Shoot Out and BetVictor Gibraltar Open – events he does not always take part in.
Trump said: “I think I have to win the event in Berlin this week to have a real chance of the bonus.
“Someone, and hopefully that can be me, will have to lift the trophy at the German Masters to challenge him. Even then you might be hoping that he doesn’t do so well in the tournament.
“Certainly if I won at the Tempodrom I would probably enter the Shoot Out, and like Neil I don’t normally do that. I think I’d have to. I’ll see what he does!
“A win for one of the top players in Germany could make that Shoot Out a much bigger tournament, and the entries would be fascinating.”
As well as Trump and Robertson there are other leading players who will be eyeing victory in Germany.
Four-time world champion John Higgins, recent UK Championship winner Ding Junhui, three-time Crucible king Mark Williams and the in-form Shaun Murphy are all in the field.
And he started his campaign with a win yesterday. He was speaking to Rachel from ES ahead of his match:
I didn’t see a ball yesterday, and probably won’t see much at all of the tournament because family circumstances. Here is WST report on what happenened yesterday:
Mark Williams produced a fine display to see off Yuan Sijun 5-2 and clinch his place in the last 16 of the BetVictor German Masters in Berlin.
It was a welcome win for Williams, who has struggled to hit top form this season apart from a run to the China Championship final last September. He suffered a first round defeat at the Masters earlier this month and bowed out in the last 64 at the UK Championship before Christmas.
The Welshman was last victorious here at the iconic Tempodrom venue in 2018, when he defeated Graeme Dott 9-1 in a storming victory. Williams went on to claim his third World Championship title later that year at the Crucible.
Williams will now face a repeat of his 2018 showpiece clash with Dott in the last 16, after the Scot sealed his progression by battling back from 4-2 down to beat China’s Tian Pengfei 5-4.
Williams took the opening frame this afternoon after a run of 50, before clearing the colours to steal the second on the black and lead 2-0.
From there the game burst into life, with Yuan firing in a sublime break of 126 to cut his arrears in half. However, Williams claimed the last before the mid-session with a run of 133 to make it 3-1.
Yuan pulled another frame back, but it was in vain as Williams fired in breaks of 88 and 106 to emerge a 5-2 victor.
“I just enjoyed playing a lot better. I have been putting in a lot of practice lately. The Masters was a bit of a washout. I felt my form coming back a bit in Austria. I lost, but the result didn’t really matter to me. It was just about the performance getting better,” said 44-year-old Williams. “This venue is up there with the Wembley Conference Centre. It is unbelievable. If you can get down to that one-table setup the atmosphere is electric, anyone will tell you. Even with five tables in at the start it is fantastic.”
World Champion Judd Trump booked his place in the last 16 with a comfortable 5-1 defeat of Noppon Saengkham.
The Ace in the Pack is in need of a big run this week if he wishes to top the rankings in the all-new BetVictor European Series. The player who tops the rankings across the four events will pick up a huge £150,000 bonus.
Trump composed breaks of 52, 114 and 85 on his way to this evening’s victory. Next up he will face Belgium’s Luca Brecel.
Former German Masters finalist Brecel needs to reach at least the semi-finals this week to stand a chance of getting into the top 32 on the one-year list and qualifying for next week’s Coral World Grand Prix.
He compiled breaks of 83, 80 and 86 on his way to this evening’s victory to set up his meeting with world number one Trump.
Matthew Selt remains in a strong position to clinch his place at the World Grand Prix after securing a 5-0 whitewash defeat of Jamie Clarke, while Michael Georgiou secured a 5-1 win over Gerard Greene.
And this is Mark Williams post-match: