China Open 2011 - Day 1 (part II)

09:44:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Robbo seems to be back in business
The first day of the China Open tournament ended with one wildcard through to the next round, as Li Hang succeeded in defeating the Irishman Ken Doherty, one wildcard being eliminated, as Jin Long lost 5-3 to this 007 Agent of snooker, Nigel Bond, as for the current world champion, Neil Robertson, he qualified for the Last 16 after beating Barry Hawkins.

Ken Doherty ends his season not in the best possible way, as he’s sadly, been hammered by the little Chinese Li Hang 5-1. Li took all four first frames, by hitting in runs of 68, 78 and 63, but Ken seemed to start a comeback as last frame the Chinese won was a very close one, and more since the Irishman cashed the next one, with a bit of help from a 43 break. Unfortunately for him, Hang was "hanging" on to that match to go straight to the Last 32 round so he won the sixth frame of the match with a 61 break.

Ken Doherty ends his snooker season very disappointed
Although he didn’t seem to shine at the beginning of the match, the current world champion, Neil Robertson has proved us he is back in business, as he beat his opponent, Barry Hawkins 5-1.
Roboo won the first frame, a very scrappy, but soon after that things chanced and they changed for the better...well, at least for the Aussie. He hit some beautiful breaks of 79, 66 and 124 as to go 4-0 up and enter the mid-session interval not worrying a thing.
Hawkins tried to make a comeback and he did have a wonderful start as he hit a marvelous 124, but Robertson so too anxious to win this so he hit in runs of 28 and 40 to seal his victory.

Li Hang, a very dangerous player
Since Jimmy White had to pull out of the China Open due to visa problems, it seems like he "used" his last "chance" when he went to Thailand for some exhibition matches, we only had three matches, the last one being the battle between Nigel Bond and Jin Long; and that took some time to finish :-P
Nigel took over the first two frames, with a break of 63, but Jin succeeded in leveling at 2-2 with a 44 and a 41 and he also took the lead with a 63 break. Still, that was going to be the last frame the Chinese won that day, for Bond took the remaining ones to set the score at 5-3.

Today`s matches are:

From 07:30 (UK time)
Mark Williams v. Stephen Lee
Stephen Maguire v. Mark Davis
Rob Milkins v. Rouzi Maimaiti
Gerard Greene v. Yu Delu

From 12:30(UK time)
Ding Junhui v. Kurt Maflin
Shaun Murphy v. Joe Perry
Graeme Dott v. Li Hang
Mark Allen v. Marcus Campbell

TV coverage:
07:30 - 10:30 British EuroSport (live)
07:30 - 10:30 British Eurosport 2 (live)
12:00 - 12:30 British EuroSport
12:30 - 15:45 British EuroSport (live)
20:15 - 22:15 Britisdh EuroSport 2