|Keeping the dream alive, Ronnie O'Sullivan|
Joe Perry and Ali Carter engaged in a genuine battle of cues that saw all its frames being consumed, while “The Jester from Leicester” crashed China’s Liu Song 5-0 to book himself a very comfortable place in the Last 16 round.
When the mid-session interval kicked off it was fair to say O'Sullivan was no where in the arena...at leats not actively. One very focused and eager to win Andrew Higginson took the first four frames with runs of 67, 80, 35 and 21 to hold the Rocket on soil, 4-0.
|Higginson - so close and yet so far away|
Another half century break and Ronnie was advancing up to 3-4, while an overcut black by Higginson was letting him in during the 8th frame, frame that he won with a bit of help from a 66 break. It was 4-4.
It took the two-time world champion no less than two visits to beat the man who had the victory in his hands, with runs of 56 and 48. Higginson's dream of moving forward was being crushed, while the Rocket was already on the orbit.
|Joe wins in gentleman style|
But as the lads retuned into the arena, "The Captain" decided to leave out of his sleeve a few aces under the form of 89, 129 and 86. He was now in charge leading Perry 4-3.
However Joe didn't give up, winning a scrappy affair to draw level and also the next frame to clinch the victory at 5-4.
Clearer victories were obtained by Mark Selby who absolutely whitewashed Liu Song with breaks of 67, 104, 56 and 111 hit in the process, while the Welshman Matthew Stevens ended Craig Steadman’s German dream with runs of 80 and 42 and a final result of 5-1.
The evening continues from 7pm (UK time) with:
Stephen Lee v. Yu Delu
Ricky Walden v. Shaun Murphy
Judd Trump v. Mark Allen
Stephen Maguire v. John Higgins
18:00 - 22:00 British EuroSport