2015 Shanghai Masters - Day 2

02:54:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

The cue battles continue here in Shanghai where current world champion, Stuart Bingham started the quest to defend the Shanghai Masters title with his right foot, beating Fang Xiongman 5-2, while Judd Trump stormed into a blitz attack which left Robert Milking with no power to react (5-0).

Things couldn't have been tougher for Stuart Bingham, who not only starts each tournament as the current world champion, but starts this particular one - the Shanghai Masters - as defending champion nonetheless.

Still, today seemed like the master of the green baize was in full control as he beat a pretty tough opponent - wildcard Fang Xiongman by 5-2. The Chinese player sent Jamie Jones home, the day before.

Also in perfect form is Judd Trump, the Bristolian performing the third whitewash of the tournament by defeating Robert Milkins 5-0.

"The Milkman" had a pretty good chance to write his name on the scoreboard in the first frame, but he missed an easy black on 33, this giving Trump the chance to come to the table and hit a 53 break in order to conquer the opener.

To this, the "Ace in the Pack" added great breaks of 74, 122 and 62 and ended with runs of 25 and 23 to close the deal and secure himself a place in the Last 16.

Ding Junhui, a player that is practically deified here in China (and all for good reason) got on a very good start too, his opponent Alan McManus being defeated by 5-1.

The first part of the match was a bit of a scrappy snooker affair in which none of the players really stood up, but during frame four, Ding started his offensive carefully sustained by breaks of 66, 104 and 74 enough to wins him the match.

Michael Holt proved he's a very dangerous opponent (if that needed clarifying) as he beat world number 15 Stephen Maguire 5-1 (breaks of 101, 91 and 68 included in the package), while Mike Dunn saw off Marco Fu 5-3.

Today also marked the end of the wildcard round, Jamie Cope obtaining a 5-2 victory in front of Lin Shuai, as did Tom Ford against Han Bin, while Kyren Wilson hammered Wang Yuchen 5-1.

Ricky Walden, the 2008 Shanghai Masters champion withdrew from the tournament as his wife had just given birth to their first child (yay for the happy couple!), this giving Matthew Selt a bye to the Last 16.

Wednesday matches schedule:

Mark Williams v. Tom Ford
Neil Robertson v. Jamie Cope
Mark Allen v. Luca Brecel

Joe Perry v. Kyren Wilson
Shaun Murphy v. Peter Ebdon
Michael White v. Mark Davis
Mark Selby v. David Grace

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