September 21, 2016

Shanghai Masters Last 16

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 4:31 pm

Thursday┬áin Shanghai is the day that we whittle down the field from sixteen to the final eight and as you’d expect given the format of this event it has thrown up several mouth-watering ties.


Wednesday saw a couple of what could legitimately be referred to as shock scorelines with Ryan Day beating Neil Robertson, Mei Xi Wen beating Mark Williams and Stuart Carrington edging out Joe Perry in a decider. Stephen Maguire whitewashed Shaun Murphy but ‘shrewdies’ out there would not have regarded that as a major shock given Shaun’s recent personal goings-on.

While there are some good ties in the opening session it could be argued that they might have swapped a couple with the second session as I think most fans would want to see all of the matches then. No doubt that the matches involving Ding and Ronnie will get the nod for TV tables and you know there must be some decent stuff going on when the likes of Trump, White, Carter and Higgins aren’t on a main arena table.

Anyway, it’s been entertaining enough so far and the 32 at the venue for me is still the best format there is and allows the event to flow without ever feeling too rushed.

Recommended Bets: Doubles/Trebles/Acca on Mei Xi Wen (6/4), Ali Carter (11/8), Mark Allen (11/8) and Michael Holt (9/2)

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