Sunday, 24 April 2011

World Snooker Championship 2011 - Day 8 - Trump, Allen, Dott reached QF

23.4.2011 Day 8

We have some cracking matches today, including Ronnie O'Sullivan v Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby v Stephen Hendry. What a great weekend we have! ;-)

Morning Session

Match 17 - Judd Trump v Martin Gould

Gould lost in Round 2 again!
Last session was a fantasic session, showing brilliant    attacking snooker to fans. Trump widely leads 11-5, he just needs two more frames to win. Both players have chance in the first frame, but Gould eventually wins the scrappy frame. Trump holds the match point by knocks a 69 in the second frame, leads 12-6. Trump goes on to win the match 13-6 with 53.

Trump take advantages in safety in the match, Gould usually leaves him good chances. Gould is a good player but still needs to improve his safety and consititency. Congrats Trump for entering the quarter-final of WC!

Result: Judd Trump 13-6 Martin Gould

Match 22 - Mark Allen v Barry Hawkins

Hawkins played solidly yesterday, leads Allen 5-3. He also opens the second session quite well, winning the first two frames to lead 7-3. In the 11th frame, Allen wins on the black, 4-7 behind Hawkins. Allen once again narrows the gap to two frames difference 5-7 before mid session. After mid session, he knocks a 79 and 114 to level the match, 7-7. Allen is on fired! Allen ends the session to lead 9-7 from 3-7 down.

Afternoon Session

Match 18 - Ali Carter v Graeme Dott

Pride of Scotland
The match tighted at 8-8 before last session starts. Carter wins the opening frame but Dotty wins the next three to lead 11-9 with 95, 93 before mid-interval. 

After mid-interval, Carter levels the match 11-11 with 78, 104. Dott shakes off Carter to lead 12-11 with 70. In the last frame, Carter was 52-20 up but great cleareance by Dott helps him to win the match, Dott wins on the final black and punches in the air to celebrity his victory! Every moment of this match was tight and full of tension. Congrats Dott to set up a clash against Judd Trump in QF! :-)

Result: Ali Carter 11-13 Graeme Dott

Match 23 - Ronnie O'Sullivan v Shaun Murphy

Handshake before the match

Fans maybe disappointed by performances of both players today. Murphy changes his game, adds a lot of safety try to tackle O'Sullivan. However it does not work. Ronnie takes the first three scrappy frames, leads 3-0. Murphy pulls one back at a very important moment, he is 1-3 behind O'Sullivan before mid-interval. O'Sullivan takes all three in a row after Murphy wins his second frame in the match. O'Sullivan leads Murphy 6-2 after the first session. Although O'Sullivan is not at his best, he still knocks 76, 75 and 86. Hopefully the standard of this match will be raised tomorrow :-)

Evening Session

Match 22 - Mark Allen v Barry Hawkins

No birthday gift for the man :-(
Allen completed a full comeback in the morning, leads Hawkins 9-7. Each of them wins two more frames before mid session, Allen still keeps a 11-9 lead over Hawkins. After the interval, Allen wins the bery important frame to lead 12-9, he is just one frame away from victory.

However, Hawkins pulls three in a row with 80, 97, 113  and force a decider. In the deciding frame, Allen attempts maximum break but he failed because of a kick on black, then misses a difficult red :-( Anyway Allen ends the thriller with 96. He meets Mark Williams in Quarter-Final! :-)

 Result: Mark Allen 13-12 Barry Hawkins

Match 20 - Stephen Hendry v Mark Selby

I feel so sorry for Stephen, only wins a frame and then loses all seven afterwards :-( Hendry wins the second frame with 114 after Selby knocks a 125... Selby is superb tonight, having breaks of 125, 108, 98, 129 and 51 to hold a 7-1 lead over Hendry. It is not a big suprise for Hendry fans because Hendry lost to Selby in the same round of WC last year... Can Stephen make a comeback?

Match Scedule for Day 8, Sunday April 24

Ding and Higgins will play today, as well as O'Sullivan & Murphy will continue their second session! Happy Easter Everyone :-) Enjoy your holiday and of course snooker! ;-)

19. Ding Junhui v Stuart Bingham       (First Session)
24. Rory McLeod v John Higgins         (First Session)

20. Stephen Hendry v Mark Selby   (Second session, Selby leads 7-1)
                       23. Shaun Murphy v Ronnnie O'Sullivan (Second session, O'Sullivan leads 6-2)

                                     19. Ding Junhui  v Stuart Bingham    (Second session)
                                      24. Rory McLeod v John Higgins       (Second session)

Round 2 result continously update in Drawsheet...


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