EPTC 2 - Day 1

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October has begun its autumnal days and EPTC 2 made its start and although the proper competition started yesterday, the qualifying round was open from September 30. This time, the beautiful and medieval scented city of Bruges is the one which opened its arms to snooker and received 91 of 96 players on the professional circuit. So, from October 1st to October 3rd, Belgium will take its share of snooker, hopping that this second event of the EPTC series will bring joy into the hearts of snooker lovers all around the world.

A short preview of what happened in the qualifying round. The battle for entering the mini-tournament was tough, but the best players haven’t seen it that way. The young Luca Brecel crashed Ronni Beniesch (4-0), David Singh made it through in a very tight match against Martin O’Donnell (4-3), the Englishman Michell Man whitewashed his fellow-country, Craig Steadman (4-0) and Ian Burns made the same impression of the Fleming Craig Steadman. For more details regarding the qualifying round’s results, you can visit global-snooker.com

Bjorn Haneveer on his own battlefield
The first day of the EPTC 2 event, at least officially, was a very good one for the Belgian Bjorn Haneveer. He started the day with a tight 4-3 scoreline against Andrew Norman and continued in the same way, as he defeated Anthony Hamilton, only to close the evening session with a 4-2 over Stephen Lee.
Jimmy Robertson was on fire yesterday as he crashed his opponents one by one. He won 4-0 over Laurens De Staelen, Matthew Selt and the one and only Barry Hawkins. What a performance for Jimmy, who secures himself a nice place into the next round!

As usual Alfie Burden made an exceptional start, by passing 4-1 over Noppon Saengkam, crashing Anthony McGill 4-0 and ending in a very intense way the match against Andrew Higginson 4-3.
Martin "Gouldie" Gould has also booked himself a nice and cozy place into the next round by winning 4-1 over the 2006 world champion, Graeme Dott, 4-1 over China’s "Mighty Mouse" Anda Zhang and 4-2 over David Singh.

A beautiful start for Jimmy Robertson
The winner of the PTC 3 event, Tom Ford had a very interesting day as he beat Tino de Witte and Gerard Greene by 4-2 and Ben Woollaston 4-3.
Ireland was to see its men fight for a place into the last 128, Fergal O’Brien beating the 1997 world champion, Ken Doherty 4-2. But Fergal didn’t stop here, for he also beat the strategist Dave Harold (as I like to call him) 4-3 and the Welsh Matthew Stevens 4-2.

It was definitely a very unlucky day for the one who made an excellent job during the World Open tournament, Barry Hawkins who beat Rod Lawler 4-2 and Mark Davis 4-1, only to lose to Jimmy Robertson 4-0. In the same way, Andrew Higginson started his way to victory, defeating Nick Jennings 4-2, Joe Jorgia by the same scoreline, but...lost in a very tight 4-3 match to Alfie Burden.

Barry Hawkins, out from the first round

EPTC gives the chance to the ones who lost in the first round to win something during the plate competition. So, although the Brazilian with the most beautiful smile in the world, Igor Figueiredo lost 4-2 to David Singh, he won 3-2 over China’s Xiao Guodong in the plate competition. Tony Drago sign in also, after losing 4-2 to Ben Woollaston, and won 3-0 in a match against Ian Burns and Belgium prodigy, Luca Brecel although defeated 4-3 by Jamie Jones, won 3-2 to Peter Bullen.

A beautiful day for century breaks: Igor Figueiredo (100), Jimmy Robertson (101, 129), Jamie Jones (108), Judd Trump (118), Martin Gould (118, 131), Liang Wenbo (120), Dave Harold (122), Craig Steadman (122), Rod Lawler (130), Tony Drago (135), Gerard Greene (136), Anthony McGill (136).
The beautiful city of Burges

Here you can check the latest results.

Today, some heavy names are playing: Jimmy White, Steve Davis, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby, Mark Williams and many more. See you tomorrow for the details. ;-)