World Championship 2012 (Day 10) - Captain Carter flies over Trump to reach quarters

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Carter fights back to get a place in the QFs
Ali Carter won an incredibly tense battle of cues against Judd Trump by 13-12, securing himself a spot in the quarter-finals, followed by Welshman Matthew Stevens who obtained a 13-11 victory over Barry Hawkins.

The Carter Airlines customers went through quite a bumpy flight, Ali finishing the first session on a 5-3 scoreline, but finding himself being lead by 9-7 at the end of the second one.

When the last session started, Trump consolidated his position at 10-7, but Carter managed to pull back a frame (break of 80 hit in the process) with the first chance he got and prove he's still there fighting.

Trump: very close and yet so very far away
Once against Trump detached himself and in an attempt to hit a maximum break (stopped at 96) changed the scoreline into 11-8. Still, he didn’t quite get away with it, as Carter was forcing his way back into the match to maintain the two-frame distance, this time with a break of 94.

However, things started to get messy when Trump moved one away from victory, leaving Carter three frames behind and in a very tough posiiton.

Comeback? You can bet! The Captain used breaks of 81, 32, 39 and 53 to force a decider, the best way this match could end, since both players were pushing themselves to the max throughout the entire match.
Carter, happy as can be after winning the match

First in was Trump, but after just nine points he missed, letting Carter in. 20 points later his break ended after losing position. The safety shots battle began, but after quite some time, Trump found his way through the balls and started potting.

However it didn’t last too long a missed red with the rest bringing Carter back to the table, this time to collect a more considerable amount of points, 47 to be more precise.

Trump was in need of four snookers, but he kept on playing and after some pretty amazing snookers, got three. Carter was in trouble, but the experience helped him keep it together and when Trump failed to put the last red safe, we went on and potted it to win the match.

Stunning, dramatic and bloody fantastic: that's how this match was!

Stevens advances into the next round
On the other table, Matthew Stevens and Barry Hawkins started their last season by being on an 8-8 scoreline and with the Welshman flying two frames up with a bit of help from runs of 33, 22 and 65.

Still, by the time the mid-session interval was kicking off, Hawkins was drawing level with breaks of 64 and 63. It was 10-10.

At returning into the arena, Stevens put his nose back in front after winning a scrappy frame and continued potting to get just one step closer to the finish-line, at 12-10.

Hawkins tried to come back into the match an partially managed to do it as he won the 23rd frame, but Stevens was careful to avoid the decider and ended the business during the next frame with a top break of 57.