World Open - Day 5

04:04:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

The current world champion, Neil Robertson
The fifth day of the World Open tournament and another five matches found their winners, yesterday. A day filled with emotions, surprises, tension, great names, great snooker and a lot of spectacular shots...these were the main ingredients for a very tasty snooker "pie". :))

The first match of the day was given between the current world champion Neil Robertson and the Irish David Morris. Not to be rude to David, but anyone thought that Neil will lose? Neaaah! I though so! He was on fire, with nice breaks of 72 and 62, ending the match with a 3-1 scoreline in his favor. Aussie is definitely back! He has played some great matches in the World Open and he had registered victory after victory. Now he has a very comfortable place in the last 16. Doesn’t that feel warm and nice? :))
Second on line, was the match where Barry Hawkins kicked ass! I apologise for the expression, but he did! He played against 1997 world champion Ken Doherty, whom he defeated 3-1. It seemed almost effortless! Barry is in a great form, first defeating Mark Selby (on a decisive frame) in second day of the tournament and now Ken.

Hawkins hammered  Doherty
Another "clean" match (and I say this because the score was crystal clear) was the one between James McBain and Ricky Walden. Ricky was the man! He won 3-0! No stress! :)) I’m kidding, there’s always stress involved, but the guy dominated the game from the first potted ball until the last.

The evening session made its debut with two great names: Judd Trump and Stephen Maguire. Maybe one of this tournament’s unexpected surprises, for the winner of the Paul Hunter Classic was in a poor shape and made a lot of technical mistakes. Stephen took plenty advantage of them and was leading 2-0, when Judd fought back for a 2-2 scoreline. Still it was not enough, for in the end Stephen won 3-2.
The golden boy of snooker - Martin Gould
And here we were. The last match of the day....was it a long one? No, but it sure was a beautiful one. Martin Gould was fighting Matthew Couch. Martin was on fire! He had an exceptional night! He won the first two frames while Matt was sitting quiet in his chair with a sad look on his face. The first two scorelines were 90-0 and 97-0! Not one single point for Matt, that’s how good Martin played! The final score (only three frames were disputed) was 63-36 (ironic) in Martin’s favor; a score that proved who dominated this match beginning to end. :)

The century breaks for yesterday are: Ricky Walden (109) and Stephen Maguire (132).

Today another ten players will fight their way to the last 16 (or better to say the first four, for the next are already there), but I deeply recommend you not to miss, what’s going to be the match of the day in my opinion - the "battle" between "The Rocket" and "The Whirlwind". It’s going to be a blast! Two friends playing genuine snooker! What a wonderful match this will be! And since we are on this subject, please take a look on the up right side of the home page and vote your favorite player. :)

But let’s see who’s playing today:
Ronnie O`Sullivan v. Jimmy White
Marco Fu v. Andrew Higginson
Marcus Campbell v. Ding Junhui
Mark Williams v. Barry Hawkins
Peter Ebdon v. Liu Song

TV snooker programme:
11:30 - 12:30 (EuroSport)
12:30 – 16:30 (BBC 2)
12:30 - 17:00 (EuroSport)
19:00 – 20:00 (BBC 2)
19:00 - 22:00 (EuroSport)
23:20 – 00:10 (BBC 2)
00:10 – 02:10 (BBC 2 Extra)