|Selby wins his first Brazilian cue battle|
Peter Ebdon saw off the mighty "Bulldog" Stephen Lee by 4-1, the local start Igor Figueiredo flew all the way to the quarter-finals after beating Jamie Cope 4-2, while Scotland's Graeme Dott hammered Mark Davis 4-1.
Although the first two matches didn't seem to draw too many people in the audience, the last two have done the trick. Now, don't get me wrong because it wasn't a "snooker ambush". Still, it was nice to see that the fans took their time to witness the lads in action.
|The Australian Open champion will be heading home|
With breaks of 68, 50 and 41 the 2011Australian Goldfields Open champion put himself in front 2-0, over a not so focused Selby and also a very tired one. Still, we all know what winning a ranking event does to your confidence so the Leicester man performed a full comeback into the game by hitting two breaks of 30. But he didn't stop there. With a perfect 82 he was now just one step away from victory, 3-2.
|Ebbo gets a place into the quarter-finals|
After a few minutes, Peter Ebdon and Stephen Lee were entering the arena in a match that was refereed by the beautiful Michael Tabb.
Although it wasn't a very high standard cue battle, the lads did their best to earn a spot into the next round, so the match began by sharing frames. Still, from 1-1, Ebbo took his leading role in serious, breaks of 45, 21 and 37 making the scoreline go 4-1 in his favour. Not his best performance by far, but he did play better than Lee. No doubt about that!
Sadly for the Englishman, he wasn't playing at his best, while Igor was clearly on for the kill. So, with no further ado, he stormed in as to go 2-0 against Cope by hitting in breaks of 56 and 41. Still, Jamie found the strength to pull one back, after a very long and close third frame.
|Igor Figueiredo, the man who stunned Jamie Cope|
The last match of the day saw the likes of Graeme Dott and Mark Davis. Funny that both of them are PTC finalists, Graeme reaching the final of PTC 3, where he lost 4-2 to Ben Woollaston, while Davis was whitewashed by Mark Selby during PTC 4 (aka. Paul Hunter Classic) final.
Today's match schedule is as painful as the one the day before had for us, so here it is:
From 18:00 Shaun Murphy v. Sobradinho de Dues
From 20:00 Martin Gould v. Ricky Walden
From 00:00 Stephen Hendry v. Noel Rodrigues
From 02:00 Ali Carter v. Steve Davis*all hours are UK time
19:00 - 23:00 British EuroSport 2
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