|Walden breaks the curse|
Walden scored a great victory of 10-1 in front of Michael Holt, while Crucible-debutant Michael White crushed fellow-country Mark Williams 10-6 in order to grab a place amongst the Last 16.
Although it wasn't too much of a shock to see Walden win over Holt, especially since he ended the first session on an 8-1 scoreline, it was interesting to see how the player that won the Wuxi Classic last year kept it cool and didn't let his guard down, even if it was pretty clear he'll win the match.
|Holt got hammered|
Michael White was on fire! Many would tend to think that the emotions of a Crucible premiere will made the youngster miss his chance to win, but nothing could be far from the truth.
|Over-the-moon Michael White|
With a first session ended at 5-4 in favour of White (advantage sustained by breaks of 87, 53, 57 and 45), Williams knew he needed to seriously disturb some balls at returning for the last session.
|Williams goes home|
Williams barely managed to pull back a frame and prologue the suspense, to which Michael responded with breaks of 90 and 96 for a clear 10-6 victory.
|The Hawk lands on victory|
Things were pretty clear from the first session, when although Jack had great contributions under the form of breaks like 82 and 100, Barry proved to be the better player and ended their first snooker encounter at 6-3.
|Jack Lisowski is not a very happy bunny|
Last on the list, but surely not the least important one is Shaun Murphy, who got a pretty comfortable win of 10-5 over Martin Gould.
Their first encounter ended on a pretty balanced 5-4 scoreline (in favour of the Magician), but the second (and also the last one) was going to sadly put an end to Martin's dream of reaching the Last 16.
|The Smurf "magics'" his way into the Last 16|
A 78 was clearing Shaun's way towards victory, but Gould pulled one back just as the interval was kicking off and the scoreline became 8-5.
However, it didn't make much difference as at returning into the arena Murphy hit in runs of 106 and 95 to close the deal at 10-5.
Two more matches had their first session today, on the red corner Graeme Dott imposing a 6-2 lead over a pretty shaky Peter Ebdon, while on the blue corner Mark Davis got the best of a very vulnerable John Higgins, with a 6-3 scoreline.