The unseen Table 2 in Munich this weekend
It was a typically strange old PTC day yesterday in Munich with two of the big three in the betting crashing out in the first round, Neil Robertson and Stephen Maguire both falling at the first hurdle.
Robbo’s defeat to Kurt Maflin in particular captured the imagination on Twitter, with the curled-up Aussie rushing to a 3-0 lead and 40 up in the fourth it seemed only a matter of time until he completed the win, but Maffers then produced his very own brand of nifty snooker to complete an unlikely comeback and take the match in the decider, surely a huge confidence boost for the Norwegian Cockney moving into the rest of the tournament, it also leaves him possibly just one win away from the Grand Finals in 29th on the updated Order of Merit.
Maguire lost to the man who has assumed the mantle of the scruffiest player in snooker. Anthony Hamilton once again turned up looking like he’d had a rough night in the cells of Pottingham but he rolled up his sleeve and sent Mags packing 4-2. Another ‘shock’ was Ricky Walden’s defeat to Thanawat, Ricky looked very poor indeed in that one. Ben Woollaston sent Matthew Stevens home in a match the Welshman will be keen to forget, much like his whole PTC campaign this season, but at least he gets the weekend off before Crondon Park on Monday. There were also wins for Liam Highfield, Martin Gould, Tian Pengfei, Liang Wenbo, Big Dave Harold and Ian Burns, making this very much an underdogs event moving into the weekend.
The picture of the very stylish Table 2 set-up in Munich is used courtesy of the lovely Kathi who is snooker mad and there for all 3 days of this final PTC event. You can follow her on Twitter here.
It’s wide open this now and I’m looking forward to watching SB Classic Finalist Kyren Wilson taking on Selby early doors, he’s a cracking player is Kyren and I really hope he can pull off an unlikely win, the omens at least are good with shocks aplenty so far.
It appears that British Eurosport have coverage all day again, a fine effort for the armchair fan.
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Here is today’s line up.
Jack Lisowski v Alan McManus
Dark Mavis v Liu Chuang
Mark Selby v Kyren Wilson
Mark King v Michael Wasley
Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon v Liang Wenbo
Ian Burns v Graeme Dott
Tian Pengfei v Mavis/Chuang
Ben Wolloaston v Anthony Hamilton
Dave Harold v Martin Gould
Kurt Maflin v Liam Highfield
Selby/Wilson v King/Wasley
McManus/Lisowski v Rod Lawler