World Open - Day 1

22:02:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

A case of history repeating...
Yesterday, World Open made its debut on the snooker market. The beautiful city of Glasgow is in for a snooker treat for the next nine days and people all around the country and even the world came to see their snooker players in action. The qualifying round matches started with the first eight aspirants at the World Open trophy; so four matches, a lot of tension and ... let the games begin! :)

The first match of the day, was a long discussed one! Neil Robertson and Graeme Dott...what is going to be? A re-match? Well, do you remember that song...."History repeated"? Yeah, indeed the history has this tendency of repeating itself and yesterday proved that, for Aussie beat the Scot Dott 3-1. The only frame won by Graeme, was the third one, with a very tight score (68-69). I think Robbo didn’t like that, for in the next (and final) frame he put Graeme in his seat and fire in a beautiful 103 break to win the match.

"The Captain" Ali was to fight the only Thai left in the competition, the one with the impossible name, Thepchaiya Un Nooh. First frame was won by Ali and the second by Thepchaiya. From 1-1, Ali didn’t wait for another winning frame opportunity to be given to the Thai so he took the lead 2-1...and finally ended the match on 3-1.

For those of you who think this "best of five" rule is full of crap, the match between Stephen Maguire and Stuart Pettman, should prove you wrong. The guys were constantly one frame apart, the tension was so high that you can spell it in the air and high quality snooker was in order. Final score: 3-2 for Maguire. Not an easy victory for the Scot.

The strategist Harold kneeled "The Magician" Murphy
The evening session started with the match between The Nugget and Ebbo. A beautiful match with two amazing snooker legends. But for one of them, the journey had to end here, and last night that person was Steve Davis, who lost 1-3 to Peter Ebdon. Class snooker all the way!
But one of the biggest surprises of the day was the match between the strategist Dave Harold and "The Magician" Murphy. Why? Because Dave whitewashed "Merlin"! It was pure madness. Final score 3-0! What an amazing victory for Dave! What a night!

For those of you who were expecting century breaks on bread, sorry, just one for yesterday: Neil Robertson(103).

But let’s see what`s on for today, shall we?

At 14:00 (UK time)
Stephen Hendry v. Bjorn Haneveer
Ding Junhui v. Adrian Gunnell
Mark Williams v. Igor Figueiredo

At 19:00 (UK time)
Mark Selby v. Barry Hawkins
Jimmy White v. Paul Davison

As always, you can watch the boys playing snooker on:
14:00 – 17:00 (BBC2)
19:00 - 22:00 (EuroSport)
23:40 – 00:30 (BBC2)
00:30 – 02:30 (BBC 2 Extra)

Please, don’t forget the lucky link and select World Open from the list. ;)

And here’s my dedication for Neil and Graeme :))