2016 Masters (Day Three) - Rocket Ronnie gets deciding victory

00:10:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

It's been a brilliant third day here at Alexandra Palace where the 2016 edition of the Masters tournament is taking place! We kicked off with Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Williams genuine clash which saw its conclusion with the Rocket's thrilling 6-5 victory and ended on the other side of the rainbow with a crystal clear 6-0 result recorded by a merciless Mark Selby in front of Ricky Walden.

Although not many have expected it the clash between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Williams was a very balanced expose of snooker skills, though in all honesty "The Rocket" was far from his best.

Still, he did manage to take the first two frames of the match, the second one gracefully grabbed on the last pink, before Williams' break of 64 followed by a tremendous miscue from Ronnie, got the Welshman his first frame.

But Mark didn't stop there! No way, Jose! Runs of 48, 35, 20 and 29 were not only helping him draw level, but also get into the leading role at 4-2.

At that moment O'Sullivan's killer instinct seemed to have woken up, as the Englishman fired the first century break of the match (104), followed by a 60 and a brilliant 117 clearance to take back what was his. It was 5-4.

A pretty dramatic 10th frame made its debut with Williams' 50 break stopped by a missed red, to which his opponent considered it was only fair to copy-past it ... entirely! And so, Williams got another shot and force the decider! 

The last frame was easily bagged by O'Sullivan with a top break of 62, this meaning that "The Rocket" gets a place in the quarter-finals.

The evening came and with it the second match of the day featuring the names of Mark Selby and Ricky Walden.

Not much can be said about this snooker encounter, other than Selby was purely on fire!

The Leicester player used breaks of 71, 113, 66, 43 and 81 to end the first session in full control at 4-0, while Walden was doomed to sit in his chair.

After the 15-minutes break the lads returned for a few more minutes for that's all it took Selby to use a top break of 83 and close the deal at 6-0.

Wednesday comes with more matches, much to my delight, as it follows:

John Higgins v. Liang Wenbo

Neil Robertson v. Marco Fu

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