China Open 2011 - Day 3 (part II)

05:12:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Robert Milkins reaches the Last 16 round
Many fans were, are and will continue to be upset, because O`Sullivan lost his match against Ryan Day, but those backing Mark Selby, Ricky Walden and Robert Milkins have every reason to be happy, for their favorite players have a special place in the Last 16 round. That’s how, the last four matches of the third day, look like on a short note. One more detailed one, here we go...

Quite an entertaining match, the one between Jamie Cope and Robert Milkins started with Roberts taking the first frame and Jamie the next three, by hitting a top break of 50; however the first frame was a very close one and it could have gone either way.
It was 3-1 in favor of Cope, when the mid-session interval kicked off, just in time for Milkins to do some rethinking about his snooker strategy. Well, whatever he did, he did well, because after the break he returned more powerful than ever, as he took all the remaining frames with breaks of 32, 50, 33, 56 and a wonderful 142!!! The highest break so far!
So, in conclusion, Milkins coped with Jamie very well. Final score: 5-3.

Ryan Day beats Ronnie O`Sullivan
A genuine battle of cues was given between Mark Selby and Tian Pengfei as the boys ended their battle on a 5-3 final result, but with a great show in between.
A break of 49 was bringing the Chinese player the first frame, but runs of 38 and 34 were putting Selby in the lead 2-1. Pengfei hit a beautiful 101 to draw as the boys took their 15 minutes break, but as soon as that was over, "The Jester from Leicester" cashed the following frame with a 45, Tian`s response being a 55 that leveled the score once more.
However that was Pengfei last contribution to this match, Selby firing in breaks of 56,38 and 56 to book himself a place into the next round.

Ronnie O`Sullivan`s fans were starting to breath again when their idol took the first frame in the match played against Ryan Day and even when Ryan won the second frame they didn’t worry too much as "The Rocket" hit a wonderful 123 to set the score at 2-1. Was O`Sullivan back in business? Unfortunately not.
The mighty Welshman Day "made his day" and took the rest of the remaining frames, hitting a nice and steady 100 break in the way through victory.

Walden focusing on winning
O`Sullivan made many, many mistakes and although Day’s performance wasn’t the best he can provide, he was wise enough as to keep himself together and take advantage of those balls that Ronnie was "leaving" him to pot. Things don’t look good for "The Rocket"!

One match ended on a decider and sadly it wasn’t televised. By all means, they need to reconsider what matches to show on TV, because this one was great! Ricky Walden was facing Martin Gould, two players with great potential, but who had not such an easy road to follow lately.
The boys shared frames (breaks of 70 and 67 for Ricky and 71 and 59 for Martin) until the score reached 2-2, Gouldie flying at just one step away from the victory with a bit of help from a 71 and a 37.
At 4-2, Walden’s senses were up and running, the Englishman hitting a 69 to pull one back and taking the next two frames as to earn a place into the Last 16. It was a thrilling match, a true battle of cues, as I like to call it!

Today, the Last 16 matches will kick off, so here’s the schedule:

From 07:30 (UK time)
Stephen Lee v. Ryan Day
Peter Ebdon v. Neil Robertson
Mark Davis v. Judd Trump
Li Hang v. Shaun Murphy

From 12:30 (UK time)
Stephen Hendry v. Ding Junhui
John Higgins v. Ricky Walden
Robert Milkins v. Mark Selby
Ali Carter v. Marcus Campbell

TV coverage:
07:30 - 10:30 British EuroSport (live)
12:00 - 12:30 British EuroSport
12:30 - 15:45 British EuroSport (live)