Shanghai Masters - Day 3

07:59:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Twisted situation :))
The third day was indeed overshadowed by the "Higgins hysteria", but that doesn’t make it less important. On the contrary, it was a spectacular day for snooker, even if we didn’t have amazing breaks, we sure had amazing twisted situations! :)

The first session of the day made its debut with the match between "The Crucible King", Neil Robertson and Peter Ebdon. A very, very tight match the players being one frame apart, that’s why when it came to the decisive frame (4-4), the tension rose and the Australian missed (also he had a semi-kick) the pink, the return of Ebdon to the table meaning 5-4 in his favor.
In a very "copy-paste" way, the match between "The Captain" Ali Carter and the strategist Dave Harold, seemed to be going into a decider too, but Ali won the last frame turning 4-3 into 5-3.

The Captain Ali in the last 16

The last two matches from the first session (the ones which we couldn’t see, for they were not televised!!!pfff) were: Mark Selby v. the Chinese Mei Xiwen, match ended 5-2 for "The Shark" and Jamie Cope v. the legend Steve Davis, won by Jamie 5-3. Steve made a remarkable comeback from being lead 3-1, but Jamie was the lucky guy and won the next 2 frames, going straight to the last 16, where he’ll compete against Ding Junhui.

Shaun Murphy and Stephen Lee were the ones to be fighting for a place in the last 16, also. Stephen was leading 3-1, when "The Magician" fought back and won 5-3. In a similar way, the match between the Chinese Ding Junhui and Jin Long, started with Jin taking the lead 4-1; he was preparing to make it through the next round, but Ding had other plans in mind, so he won 5-4. Pure class!

Martin Gould is on fire!
The most amazing match of the day, in my opinion (although it was also not covered!) was the one between the seven time world champion Stephen Hendry and Martin Gould. Gouldie had an amazing performance, for he beat the Scot Hendry 5-2!
At the last table, Mark King was fighting Joe Delaney and although Joe was leading 2-0, he didn’t stay too long on this position, Mark winning frame after frame and ending the game 5-3 in his favor.

Not an exceptional day for century breaks, for only Shaun Murphy hit a 114. :)
The next round will definitely be "crazier" than this one, so don’t miss on snooker! :)

At 7:30 (UK time)on EuroSport 2 and at 8:00 (UK time), EuroSport.
Jamie Burnett v. Andrew Higginson
Mark Davis v. Stephen Maguire
Mark Williams v. Graeme Dott
Ali Carter v. Stuart Bingham

At 12:45 (UK time) on EuroSport2
Jamie Cope v. Ding Junhui
Matthew Stevens v. Shaun Murphy
Mark Selby v. Martin Gould
Mark King v. Peter Ebdon