German Masters 2011 (the qualifiers) - Who's going to Berlin

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These shoes are made for walking to Berlin
It was hard, it was messy and exhausting but in the end it was all worth it. 16 lucky players will join the ones that are privileged enough as to be in Top 16 next February in Berlin for the second edition of the German Masters (modern GM, that is).

The last day saw a very thrilling match, actually the first on the list: Ken Doherty v. Sam Craigie. Now, remember that I told you the young Sam had a wonderful run. Well, he continued that run yesterday and he almost, almost won the battle with the "Darling of Dublin".

Sam was leading 4-0, when Ken decided to make a remarkable comeback and end the match on a decider, decider that he proudly won. Now, that's how you play snooker: with guts.

Jimmy White met with another legend of the green baize, Peter Ebdon. As the lads before them, they too ended they snooker dispute with a decider that Ebbo took fair and square in order to book himself a trip to Berlin. His fans are thrilled, there's no doubt about that.

Three "pink clashes" were part of the qualifying rounds equation yesterday: Joe Perry v. Robert Milkins, Barry Hawkins v. Andy Hicks and Mark Davis v. Michael White.

Perry is flying to Germany next year
If I recall well, Perry did a pretty good job during the 2011 German Masters by reaching the quarter-finals. Well, let’s just say that now he has a chance to go even further, for his 5-3 victory over Robert Milkins sent him straight to Germany.

Hawkins is also going to be there, as he won 5-4 over his pink colleague Andy Hicks, Mark Davis not wasting any time and assuring himself to be packing his bags in February after defeating Michael White 5-2. A bit of history repeated since Davis beat White 6-2 in the last round of the UK Championship qualifiers.

China's going to be represented by Yu Delu who won 5-3 over Jamie Cope, but also by Liu Song who saw off the Irishman Fergal O'Brien 5-4, while Thailand's James Wattana obtained a brilliant 5-1 victory over Stephen Hendry. Asia is rocking!

The man of the qualifiers, Mike Dunn is going to be seen at the venue also, as he beat Mark King 5-3, Adrian Gunnell is showing his face and cue style as well after hammering Marco Fu 5-1, while Scotland's Marcus Campbell secured his trip with a 5-3 win over Peter Lines.

New face in town - Paul Davison
PTC 5 champion Andrew Higginson ended the qualifying rounds covered in glory (aka. a 5-2 obtained in front of Jamie Jones), Ricky Walden hammered China's Liu Chuang 5-1 for a place next to the other players, while Paul Davison not-such-a-familiar-face-in-tournaments fought with all his strength against Dominic Dale and prevailed 5-4.

The winners group was completed by Tom Ford's 5-0 victory over the "Sheriff of Pottingham" Anthony Hamilton, but also by the Welshman Ryan Day who won a very tough battle of cues, 5-4 with Anthony McGill.

Below you can check the list of results:

51 Ken Doherty 5-4 Sam Craigie
52 Peter Ebdon 5-4 Jimmy White
53 Marco Fu 1-5 Adrian Gunnell
54 Jamie Cope 3-5 Yu Delu
55 Joe Perry 3-5 Robert Milkins
56 Andrew Higginson 5-2 Jamie Jones

57 Mark King 3-5 Mike Dunn
58 Marcus Campbell 5-3 Peter Lines
59 Fergal O'Brien 4-5 Liu Song
60 Stephen Hendry 1-5 James Wattana
61 Ricky Walden 5-1 Liu Chuang

62 Barry Hawkins 5-4 Andy Hicks
63 Dominic Dale 4-5 Paul Davison
64 Tom Ford 5-0 Anthony Hamilton
65 Ryan Day 5-4 Anthony McGill
66 Mark Davis 5-2 Michael White