Masters Snooker 2018: Ryan Day and Judd Trump Progress
Welshman Ryan Day battled back from 3-0 down against Ding Junhui to come through his first round tie a 6-4 winner yesterday at Alexandra Palace.
Day had not featured in the Masters since 2010 after a series of seasons of lacklustre form saw the current World number 17 slip down the rankings and even consider his future on the baize.
He will be glad he stuck at it though as finally at the age of 37 he managed to break his ranking title duck when he won the Riga Masters in June last year. He then went on to follow this up with a great run to the semi-finals of the UK Championships in December.
Ding, considered by many a future World Champion, took the early frames with breaks of 111 and 58 before Day started the fight back.
Throughout his career Day has been renowned for his break building and this was evident yesterday afternoon when he made a break of 79 followed by back-to-back centuries of 125 and 105 to level the match.
The seventh frame was a safety battle but Day showed another side of his game to take the lead for the first time before heading into a 5-3 lead in the next. Ding then rallied and managed a break of 100 to trail by one before Day compiled the fifth century of the match, a 115 to take the win.
Trump Looks Good Against Wenbo
Judd Trump appearing in his eighth Master tournament started very well yesterday evening as he beat Liang Wenbo 6-4 to step into the quarter-finals.
Having never reached the final previously Trump, as world number 3, will be looking for a decent run at Ally Pally to set up a strong second half of the season.
Trump took the opener with a decent break of 50 before Liang replied with what could have been a 147 chance. Unfortunately he missed the 11th black but the break of 80 was enough to level the match.
Ultra-high scoring from Trump was not really the order of the day, he didn't make a single century, but breaks of 83, 72 and 58 were enough to put the Englishman 5-1 in front.
It was Liang Wenbo who was making the breaks in the match and showed some resilience to pull the match back to 5-4. Breaks of 139 (the new highest of the tournament), 58 and 116 certainly helped.
As is often the case in professional snooker Liang got an early chance in the next frame but missed a risky green. This was the only opportunity Trump needed to wrap up the match and he duly did so with a frame winning 85 break.
Today's First Round Matches
Afternoon Session: Ronnie O'Sullivan v Marco Fu
Evening Session: Barry Hawkins v Kyren Wilson