|Is Lisowski back for good?|
Also in a good form the Pink Army's soldier, Mark Davis hammered PTC 11 winner, Tom Ford 4-1, while Ricky Walden didn't offer any chance to survive for Matthew Stevens the Welshman capitulating at 4-0, a treatment that was applied by Joe Perry on his Irish opponent, Fergal O'Brien as well.
Though not taking the best of starts, the first day of the tournament being totally forgotten by EuroSport as well as World Snooker TV, in terms of cue action the situation was entirely different.
|Barry the hawk was knelt down|
Although it was no bed of roses, Lisowski used breaks of 37 and 35 to go 2-0 up, before Hawkins fancied a comeback.
Runs of 78 and a 32 were enough to establish a bit of balance on the scoreboard at two apiece, but Jack wasn't very fond of the way things were going and took a scrappy 5th frame to put his nose back in front.
Hawkins fought back with a 68 to force the decider, but his opponent didn't hive him any chance and cruised to victory with a perfect 99 break.
|M. Davis has his eyes on the prize|
However, the final scoreline of 4-1 in favour of Davis showed us that the Pink Army member did his best to keep Ford away from the table; it's true though that a nice and steady series of 64, 84, 51, 72 and 47 helped also in the process.
With a big bandage on his broken hand, the Chinese Xiao Guodong fought like a lion for victory and he obtained it. And if in the previous match we had a pink soldier playing the winner role, now it was time for another pink member to enter the stage, but starring as the defeated one.
|A broken hand doesn't stand in the way of victory|
Recently returned from China's Haikou where he reached the final of the World Open tournament, "The Bulldog" Stephen Lee was in a "revenge" mood and "bit" the first player to appear in his face, Martin Gould.
|Back for revenge - Stephen Lee|
Last session of the day saw Ricky Walden cueing like a dream by firing in breaks of 66, 130, 95 and 131 to leave his Welsh opponent, Matthew Stevens almost speechless at 4-0.
Speechless on the green baize as well, for Stevens saw himself kicked out of the competition after no more than 45 minutes of playing. We have a lion in Galway!
|You don't mess with "the Walden"|
Perry used tiny breaks of 24, 21, 28 and 20 to take the first two frames, while the third one was conquered by using a very smart snooker on the blue and potting the last black.
Minutes later, "The Gentleman" of snooker was sealing his 4-0 victory with a 75 clearance, victory that is putting him face to face with Scotland's Graeme Dott in tomorrow’s round two.
Below you can check Day 1 list of results:
5 Barry Hawkins 3-4 Jack Lisowski
7 Mark Davis 4-1 Tom Ford
1 Xiao Guodong 4-2 Dominic Dale
4 Martin Gould 1-4 Stephen Lee
8 Ricky Walden 4-0 Matthew Stevens
6 Fergal O'Brien 0-4 Joe Perry
3 Ben Woollaston v. Ding Junhui
2 John Higgins v. Jamie Jones
12 Michael Holt v. Stephen Lee
13 Neil Robertson v. Jack Lisowski
14 Graeme Dott v. Joe Perry
*all hours are Ireland time
12:00 - 16:00 British EuroSport
19:30 - 22:00 British EuroSport