World Open (the qualifiers) - Day 3

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Snooker's legends experience early exit
The cue action continues in Sheffield where 16 players will be booking themselves a ticket to China's Hainan Island in spring by the end of tomorrow. 

The penultimate day saw some pretty intense encounters, encounters that weren't too favourable for legends like Jimmy White, Steve Davis, Tony Drago or Ken Doherty, all four of them missing to qualify for the next round and hence, the tournament.

It was 10 o'clock in the morning in the UK and the day didn't seem too bright for snooker's legends. Tony Drago got beat 5-2 by Matthew Selt who's now meeting last year's Masters runner-up Marco Fu, Jimmy White and Steve Davis got hammered 5-1 by Sam Baird and Ian McCulloch respectively, while the 1997 world champion, Ken Doherty lost the decider in front of a Pink Army member, Jimmy Robertson.

Sam Baird, the man to beat
And since we are on the Pink Army subject, I must tell you that its soldiers have rocked around the snooker tables.
First we have Sam Baird who, as I said before, beat his colleague Jimmy White 5-1, then Robert Milkins' 5-1 victory over Sam Craigie, Alfie Burden did the same to Jack Lisowski, Jamie Jones followed his comrade footsteps when he faced the Scotsman Anthony McGill, while Gerard Greene applied a 5-3 treatment over Kurt Maflin.

Ironically, the country that's hosting this event had to witness how one of its biggest competitors in the qualifiers lost the cues' battle. Although he took a great start, Tian Pengfei lost 5-2 to Mike Dunn, only Yu Delu getting to the last round after defeating Scotland's Alan McManus 5-1, closely followed by Liang Wenbo's 5-4 victory over the youngster Michael White.

The last Thai left in the race, Dechawat Poomjaeng was also kicked out of the Haikou World Open qualifiers after losing a tight snooker dispute with Michael Holt 5-4, while good old Dave Harold knock out another powerful opponent, this time Joe Jogia by 5-2, in order to book himself the final meeting with a very musical Dominic Dale. 

Below you can check Day 3 list of results:

26 Matthew Selt 5-2 Tony Drago
27 Jamie Burnett 5-3 David Gilbert
28 Jimmy White 1-5 Sam Baird
29 Robert Milkins 5-1 Sam Craigie
30 Steve Davis 1-5 Ian McCulloch
31 Jack Lisowski 1-5 Alfie Burden

32 Joe Jogia 2-5 Dave Harold
33 Mike Dunn 5-2 Tian Pengfei
34 Liang Wenbo 5-4 Michael White
35 Jamie Jones 5-1 Anthony McGill
36 Ken Doherty 4-5 Jimmy Robertson

37 Alan McManus 1-5 Yu Delu
38 Gerard Greene 5-3 Kurt Maflin
39 Anthony Hamilton 5-4 Liam Highfield
40 Michael Holt 5-4 Dechewat Poomjaeng
41 Nigel Bond 5-3 Adam Duffy

Tomorrow's match schedule:

42 Marco Fu v. Matthew Selt
43 Jamie Cope v. Jamie Burnett
44 Mark Davis v. Sam Baird
45 Ryan Day v. Rob Milkins
46 Barry Hawkins v. Ian McCulloch
47 Marcus Campbell v. Alfie Burden

48 Dominic Dale v. Dave Harold
49 Stephen Hendry v. Mike Dunn
50 Mark King v. Liang Wenbo

51 Tom Ford v. Jamie Jones
52 Rory McLeod v. Jimmy Robertson

53 Andrew Higginson v. Yu Delu
54 Ricky Walden v. Gerard Greene
55 Joe Perry v. Anthony Hamilton
56 Peter Ebdon v. Michael Holt
57 Fergal O'Brien v. Nigel Bond

*all hours are UK time

Don't forget that each session had two matches broadcasted online at: