And what a better way to start this piece than by naming the one and only "Nugget" of snooker Steve Davis, who managed to get a ticket to China after a tremendous run that included hammering Alfie Burden 5-1 and whitewashing Andrew Higginson 5-0 (breaks of 102, 96, 58 and 92 inclued in the victory package).
Another Davis, but this time Mark Davis is also flying to China in a month, as he also whitewashed his opponent, David Gilbert by 5-0, while Ireland's Fergal O'Brien didn't miss the chance to play against one of the Top 16 players either, and performed the third whitewash of the last round, his victim being Rod Lawler.
|Davis qualified for Shanghai|
Marco Fu continued the beautiful run that got him a place in the Australian Open semi-finals and beat Mark Joyce 5-4, the runner-up of the same snooker event, Peter Ebdon recovered from a 3-1 deficit to go all the way until the end and win 5-4 over David Grace, while the actual champion of the Australian Open, Barry Hawkins defeated the veteran Dave Harold by the same scoreline in order to get his plane ticket to China.
The Pink snooker soldiers’ attack proved to be a pretty furious one, Dominic Dale crashing Anthony McGill 5-0, Robert Milkins beating Michael Holt 5-3, while Jimmy Robertson obtained the same result by playing against Anthony Hamilton.
Below you have the full list of players that succeed to qualify for the 6th edition of the Shanghai Masters tournament: