Seeds Fall at World Snooker Championships
April 18, 2016 12:10
The 2016 World Snooker Championships started at 10:00am on Saturday morning with defending champion Stuart Bingham facing Ali Carter in what on paper and in reality proved to be a very tough opener.
Bingham was looking to be the first player not to succumb to the "Crucible Curse" but in an exciting match Carter got across the line to win 10-9.
Carter is of course an excellent player but ill health had seen him drop down the rankings meaning he had to qualify for the Crucible this year. He is always a dogged opponent and he will also fancy getting through to the quarters as his next opponent is another qualifier in Alan McManus.
McManus himself, at 45, is undergoing something of a resurgence. He came through against another seeded player in Stephen Maguire to reach the last 16 and set up the match with Carter. The all-Scottish affair finished 10-7 in McManus's favour with Maguire himself coming out and telling the BBC that he was 'embarassed by the defeat'.
The third highly rated and seeded player to fall over the weekend was 2005 champion Shaun Murphy, Murphy has looked in excellent form of late and was perhaps in advance of the tournament a good bet to lift the title. It wasn't to be though as he came up against 25-year-old Scot Anthony McGill.
McGill was making his second Crucible appearance in succession after he reached the quarter-finals last year and beat Mark Selby en route so he certainly has good pedigree. He reaches round 2 with a 10-8 win and will play Marco Fu in the last 16.
Fu had earlier defeated Peter Ebdon in relatively easy fashion with a 10-2 victory. This meant he is currently the only seeded player through to round 2.
As I write Ronnie O'Sullivan is one frame away from stepping into round two as he is 9-6 up against David Gilbert.
Live coverage is across the BBC and Eurosport until the conclusion of the event on the bank holiday Monday, 2nd of May.