2016 German Masters (Day 3) - The QFs, the surprises & the ... awesome snooker

13:07:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

We have reached the final stages of this year's 918.com German Masters and the surprises seem to have mastered the game of snooker as Judd Trump, Stuart Bingham and Stephen Maguire said their bye-byes to the competition this Friday.

The current world champion met the Welshmen Ryan Day in his quest for the place in the quarter-finals, but Ryan had other plans and won the match by 5-3.

Although Bingham took the first two frames by using a top break of 76, the interval was finding the lads all square at 2-2 as Day clinched two scrappy frames.

After the mini-break Bingham was sure to regain his leading position with a 74 break, but a series of mistakes open the road for his opponent who cruised on with runs of 37, 67 and 62 to book his place in the quarter-finals.

Unfortunately though here he met "The Warrior" (aka. the 2015 Shanghai Masters champion) Kyren Wilson who managed to get a pass into the semis after an intense battle of cues which ended on a 5-4 scoreline.

The Scotsmen-clash featured the names of Stephen Maguire and Graeme Dott, with the 2006 world champion, getting a pretty clean victory of 5-1.

Despite Maguire opening the match with a solid 88 break, the rest of it went into Dott's pockets who wrapped it up with a 71 break to set foot in the semis.

But the real thriller was the one between Judd Trump and Martin Gould, "The Pinner Potter" getting the best of a full-service match which propelled him into the semi-finals stages.

Although no fireworks were detected during the match, the players kept us on tenterhooks as they shared frames up until the last one.

Gould opened with a perfect 100 break, to which Trump responded with just a 49 to draw level and runs if 41 and 33 to take the lead. Still, as the interval was about to start, Martin used a 69 break to make things all square at 2-2.

The history repeated itself after the 15-minutes break, as the lads went hand in hand into the decider, Gould writing his name on the victory page with a top break of 40.

In other news, Luca Brecel beat Mark Joyce 5-4 to also secure a place in today semis.

So, are you ready? We have no Top 16 names, but it's going to be a real fight, that's for sure!