2016 German Masters (Day 1) - Selby & Trump secure Last 16 spot

10:48:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

The glorious German Masters tournament has kicked off yesterday at the beautiful Tempodrom venue from Berlin and so another important page is being written in snooker's history book.

Mark Selby, also known as defending champion of the glassy trophy, was amongst those securing a place in the Last 16 round, Judd Trump closely following his footsteps after a crystal clear 5-0 victory obtained in front of Ali Carter.

The current world number one, Mark Selby beat Steven Hallworth 5-0 in the first televised match of this year's German Masters, "The Jester from Leicester" hitting with top runs of 54 and 88 to secure his place in the next round.

At the near table, Scotland's Stephen Maguire (who had recently won Championship League Group 3) was hammering Ken Doherty 5-1 while recording top breaks of 77, 88 and 57.

Tian Pengfei was sent home to pack by a ruthless Graeme Dott (final scoreline 5-0) who also scored the first century break of the tournament (102).

In the evening, Judd Trump kept Captain Ali Carter from flying the Bristol-based player joining the gang of players who got a 5-0 pass to the next round.

The first frame was a balanced one, but Trump managed to clinch it with a top break of 41 to which he fluently added a 92, 109 and an 80 to leave Carter in dismay. 

Probably one of the biggest surprises of the tournament was the early exit of Shaun Murphy who although led Ben Woollaston  2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 found himself in a bit of a pickle and lost 5-4 due to a cleverly 68 break produced by his opponent in the decider.

In other matches, Zhang Anda recorded a smashing victory of 5-0 over Alfie Burden, Barry Hawkins beat Alan McManus 5-2, while Martin Gould won 5-4 over the winner of the first German Masters edition, Mark Williams.

The cue action continues … you can check the match schedule here.