Shanghai Masters - Day 4

06:12:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

"Wow! I didn`t see that coming!"
Yesterday was filled with tension, pressure and a lot of surprises, for the ones who kicked ass until now, got their ass kicked. :P Well, that’s life...I guess! Still no improvement with the playing conditions, the humidity level bringing more and more discomfort to the players. That’s really not good and it really affects the game. Something has to be done, but if until now nothing was done, there are few hopes that something will change from the quarter finales. Pffff!

Anyway, the day started with the match between Jamie Burnett and Andrew Higginson, match that was a total blast, for Jamie whitewashed Andrew 5-0. The first time in this tournament when we see this score! Amazing performance! Amazing!
Mark Davis and Stephen Maguire had to fight also for a place in the next round, each one of them trying to take the lead, first at 2-2 and then at 3-3. The one who succeeded? Mark Davis, who ended the match at 5-3 in his favor and is ready to see his opponent, Jamie Burnett.

One of the biggest surprises of the day, was the match between the Shanghai title`s favorite Mark Williams and the Scott, Graeme Dott. Since Mark is very used to win Asian tournaments, having won 3 China Open titles and Graeme just one, it was quite the surprise to see the final score froze at 5-4 in the Scott’s favor (not that Graeme is less talented).

Matthew Stevens reached the 1/4
The first session ended with the match between Ali Carter and Stuart Bingham, 5-3 in favor of "The Captain" who’s going straight to the next round.

Jamie Cope crashed "the last Chinese standing" from the tournament, Ding Junhui, 5-1 and so ending China’s hopes that this year a fellow-country will finally win the trophy. Guess, they’ll have to wait the fifth tournament for that to happen.
Another big surprise, the match Matthew Stevens v. Shaun Murphy, which ended 5-2 in favor of the Welsh. Yesterday was definitely not the best day for Shaun, for he really played bad snooker. No offence!

But no match was like the one between Mark "The Shark" Selby and Martin Gould. Mark was in the lead with 3-1, but Martin made a remarkable comeback and the two players were due to fight for supremacy at 3-3 and 4-4. In the end Selby won 5-4, but it was not an easy victory, or an emotionless one. Martin has played extremely well this tournament and I’m sure that if he keeps up the good work he will be definitely in the top players.
EuroSport`s "non-existent match of the day" :P

The last match of the day was the one between Mark King and Peter Ebdon, or should I say Joe Delaney and Peter Ebdon? Well, the EuroSport boys just couldn’t make up their mind about who’s playing against Peter....who can blame them?! :))))) But, back to the match...another shock, for after defeating the current world champion, Peter lost 5-3 to Mark King, who’ll be playing Mark Selby in the quarter finals.

Yesterday’s century breaks: Mark Davis (100), Jamie Cope (100), Mark King (100) and Martin Gould (101).

And so, my dears here we are, one step forward from the big finale. But until then, today we shall see the quarter finals, with:

At 7:30 (UK time) on EuroSport 2 and at 8:00 (UK time) on EuroSport
Jamie Burnett v. Mark Davis
Graeme Dott v. Jamie Cope

At 12:45 (UK time) on EuroSport2
Ali Carter v. Matthew Stevens
Mark Selby v. Mark King