Ricky Walden rolled back the years with an excellent break building performance to down the recent masters champion Neil Robertson. From 3-2 down Walden stroked in breaks of 71,79 and 124 to wrap up a stunning victory and stay in the hunt for a place in the players championship.
Former masters champion Yan Bingtao cane through a tough last 32 clash with the classy David Gilbert. Bingtao badly needed this victory as he like several others are battling for a place in the players championship.
World champion Mark Selby cruised to a 5-0 victory over Barry Pinches. Selby made breaks of 50,61,75 and 77 on route to victory and will now face Yan Bingtao for a place in the quarter finals.
Here’s a review of the first round results in full below.
|Judd Trump||w/o||Gao Yang||,,,|
|Anthony McGill||2||Zhou Yuelong||5|
|Tom Ford||5||Stephen Maguire||2|
|Zhao Xintong||5||Mark Williams||3|
|Kyren Wilson||5||Jimmy Robertson||1|
|Michael Georgiou||2||Craig Steadman||5|
|Zhang Anda||3||Luca Brecel||5|
|Ricky Walden||5||Neil Robertson||3|
|Andrew Higginson||w/o||Liang Wenbo||,,,|
|Liam Highfield||2||Fan Zhengyi||5|
|Lyu Haotian||1||Mark Allen||5|
|Kurt Maflin||4||Shaun Murphy||5|
|Noppon Saengkham||2||Ryan Day||5|
|Sam Craigie||5||Ken Doherty||3|
|David Gilbert||3||Yan Bingtao||5|
|Barry Pinches||0||Mark Selby||5|
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