2016 Masters (Day Two) - Trump & Hawkins secure QF place

00:56:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

The second day of the 2016 Dafabet Masters tournament made its début with a pretty dramatic win of 6-4, recorded by Judd Trump in front of Scotland's Stephen Maguire, while the evening brought to Barry Hawkins his first Master triumph, signed 6-3 by defeating Joe Perry.

But first things first: Judd Trump and Stephen Maguire - a match that many have correctly identified as being a cracker and which didn't disappoint. Especially if we count "the dramatic return of Maguire". 

The ice was broken by a 61 clearance performed by the Scottish player, to which his much younger and hungry-for-some-glassy-trophy opponent responded with runs of 55, 50 and 69 to go 4-1. Could one recover from such a performance?

Well Maguire thought so and his great collection of breaks (92, 74 and 56) were a living proof of that. The scoreline was now 4-4.

But Trump had big dreams so a tactical 60 break was helping him re-establish his dominance, while the next frame was cashed after a pretty scrappy exchange of shots. Trump goes through to the next round.

In the evening two players that haven't had the best of records regarding their Masters appearance were crossing their cues: Barry Hawkins and Joe Perry.

And for the first named one, the snooker Gods would allow a break of curse (aka. record a very important 6-3 win).

Things started on a pretty good note for Hawkins as the Englishman took the first two frames of the match, but "The Gentleman" of snooker was sure to fight back and not only draw level as the interval was knocking on the door, but also add a strategical 84 break to take the lead for the first time since the start of the snooker lover affair, 3-2.

Still, a break of 45 was re-introducing Barry into the spotlight, while a more consistent 81 down in frame seven, followed by a 58 and 38 were sealing his much-waited-for victory.

Tuesday's match schedule:

Ronnie O'Sullivan v. Mark Williams

Mark Selby v. Ricky Walden

*all hours are UK time

Photo credit (1+2): Monique Limbos