World Open (the qualifiers) - Day 2

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Drago takes a great start
It was a very "pink" day here in Sheffield, where the Haikou World Open qualifiers are underway as no more than six Pink Army members have managed to survive the battles that were given on the green baize and secure a spot for Round Three.

But not the same can be said about the "Asian-team", only two Chinese players out of five  (Pengfei and Delu), winning their matches, while the Thai Suwannawat and Wattana were condemned not to fly to Hainan in the spring.

The one and only Tony "The Tornado" Drago beat the Irishman David Morris 5-3, while his pink comrade, Sam Baird continued his perfect run by hammering a pretty strong opponent, Liu Chuang 5-1.
Alfie Burden put down another member of the Chinese team, Xiao Guodong being defeated by 5-3, the youngster Michael White seemed totally immune to India's Aditya Mehta's snooker skills and beat him 5-3, while Liam Highfield beat PTC 3 winner, Ben Woollaston 5-3.

With so many pink soldiers, a clash was inevitable, Jimmy Robertson and Andrew Norman being the ones involved in it. A century break from Robertson and some pretty witty cue action and the 25-year-old lad from Bexhill-on-Sea beat Norman 5-2.
However, things didn't work out so well for Andy Hicks who got beat 5-2 by China's Yu Delu.

Pengfei continues his good run
After a remarkable comeback performed yesterday, Tian Pengfei seems to be back on track, a 5-3 win over Adrian Gunnell meaning that he's meeting Mike Dunn in tomorrow's round three, while Liu Song will be heading home losing the decider against the only Thai player that survived the day, Dechawat Poomjaeng.

Both Passakorn Suwannawat and the marvellous James Wattana got "deleted" from the competition after the first one lost 5-3 to David Gilbert and the second one got beat 5-2 by Adam Duffy.

The old cavalry represented by Dave Harold moves forward to the next round after hammering Rod Lawler 5-1, while Norway’s snooker ambassador Kurt Maflin won a tight battle of cues of 5-4 against Mark Joyce.

Below you can check Day Two list of results:

10 Tony Drago 5-3 David Morris
11 David Gilbert 5-3 Passakorn Suwannawat
12 Liu Chuang 1-5 Sam Baird
13 Barry Pinches 1-5 Sam Craigie
14 Peter Lines 2-5 Ian McCulloch
15 Xiao Guodong 3-5 Alfie Burden

16 Dave Harold 5-1 Rod Lawler
17 Adrian Gunnell 3-5 Tian Pengfei
18 Michael White 5-1 Aditya Mehta
19 Anthony McGill 5-1 Joe Swail
20 Jimmy Robertson 5-2 Andrew Norman

21 Andy Hicks 2-5 Yu Delu
22 Mark Joyce 4-5 Kurt Maflin
23 Ben Woollaston 3-5 Liam Highfield
24 Liu Song 4-5 Decehwat Poomjaeng
25 James Wattana 2-5 Adam Duffy

Round Three match schedule for tomorrow:

26 Matthew Selt v. Tony Drago
27 Jamie Burnett v. David Gilbert
28 Jimmy White v. Sam Baird
29 Robert Milkins v. Sam Craigie
30 Steve Davis v. Ian McCulloch
31 Jack Lisowski v. Alfie Burden

32 Joe Jogia v. Dave Harold
33 Mike Dunn v. Tian Pengfei
34 Liang Wenbo v. Michael White
35 Jamie Jones v. Anthony McGill 

36 Ken Doherty v. Jimmy Robertson

37 Alan McManus v. Yu Delu
38 Gerard Greene v. Kurt Maflin
39 Anthony Hamilton v. Liam Highfield
40 Michael Holt v. Dechawat Poomjaeng
41 Nigel Bond v. Adam Duffy

*all hours are UK time

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