Welsh Open 2011 - Day 2 (part II)

05:35:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Robertson is not worry for place into the Last 16
The evening session was going to bring more entertainment to the people...well, at least one match was entertaining enough, because the other one wasn’t my favorite to begin with :-P The second day of the Welsh Open was ending with Neil Robertson v. Nigel Bond and Graeme Dott v. Jamie Burnett matches, as you can guess, the last one not being "my" favorite.

Nigel had a marvelous start, but it could have gone better for the Shoot-Out champion, as he took over the first two frames, by hitting in runs of 102 (the 96 century break of his career), a 38 and a 42, but somehow along the way he didn’t quite succeed in keeping that advantage; and we all know that when Robbo gets among the balls he is a very dangerous opponent. The Australian needed just one chance to get back in the game and that chance it was given to him as Nigel missed in potting a tricky pink to the right middles pocket (at the moment he was lead 62-57). That was the turning point of the match, as Robbo secured his first frame of the evening just by being one point away from Bond (69-68).

The 2011 Welsh Open ends here for snooker`s 007 agent
The 4th frame begun with a very poor safety shot performed by Nigel, this meaning another chance for the Aussie, who stormed in as to hit a 81 (levelling at 2-2), a beautiful 130, during the next frame, to take the lead and a 61 in the 6th frame to seal his victory It was a great match, the boys played beautifully, but unfortunately one player’s mistakes are the other’s winning opportunity.

On table two Graeme Dott and Jamie Burnett were playing a very slow and painful match, as both players missed a lot of balls and didn’t quite succeed in assuring the fluidity of the match. 2010Shanghai Masters runner-up cashed the first frame, but Dott leveled up quickly and also took the lead by hitting in runs of 56, 37 and 24, the score being 3-1.

The Scot Dott secured a spot... into the next round
The 5th frame "washed" a bit of the previous way of playing, as it was a much more entreating one. The battle was tight, so tight that the boys ended on a 61-61 draw. The black was re-spotted and both of them took turns on potting the little ball in one of the pockets. It was Graeme mistake, the one which gave Jamie a huge chance of potting the ball into the inferior right pocket, but ...what do you know? The tension was notable, as he missed it, leaving his opponent with an almost perfect potting position. So Graeme pot the black to close the match with a 4-1 lead. It was the best possible way of ending this match, considering that both players were struggling big time and we were in danger of repeating that long and exhausting match that Cope and McLeod played the other night ;-)

The third day of the Welsh Open tournament brings more matches, so be sure to take a glance at the following schedule:

1pm (UK time)
Shaun Murphy v. Matthew Stevens
Stephen Hendry v. Joe Perry

not before 2pm (UK time)
John Higgins v. Dave Harold
Stephen Maguire v. Gerard Greene

7pm (UK time)
Ronnie O'Sullivan v. Ryan Day
Mark Selby v. Mark King

TV coverage:
13:00 - 17:10 (BBC Wales)
13:45 - 17:30 (British EuroSport)
19:00 - 20:00 (BBC Wales)
19:00 - 22:00 (British EuroSport 2)
20:00 - 22:00 (British EuroSport)
23:20 - 00:05 (BBC Wales)

Enjoy snooker my dears snooker loopies and please be sure to follow the latest scores on my Twitter account and this blog, for the story of what’s 2011Welsh Open tournament all about ;-)