German Masters; The wild-card round updates

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  • German Masters; The wild-card round updates

Tournament: German Masters.

Venue: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany.

Status: Minor-ranking.

The German Masters has marked its return as a minor-ranking event on the snooker calendar this year. Followed by three qualifying rounds, the ‘wild-card’ round has begun, exploding into the action are some of the young prospects.

The Tempodrom happens to be a scintillating venue for a snooker championship, and the audience attendance signifies that Germany is not far away from becoming a snooker loving nation like China.

Five wild-card matches were played on the inaugural day of the event, and most interesting of these matches turned out to be the one between Nigel Bond and Stefan Kasper. The snooker shoot-out champion, Nigel Bond took on the 22-year-old German champion Stefan Kasper on the opening night of the event.

Nigel admitted that it was hard to get along with Tempodrom in the wake of his victory at the snooker shoot-out and lack of practice, nonetheless high on confidence, Nigel won four straight frames after he lost the first to ensure a 4-1 lead. Kasper did try to survive by putting a frame on the board under his name but it didn’t impress the 45-year-old English cueist, as he went on to win the match with a 5-2 score-line.

Snooker shoot-out champion Nigel Bond said about his first match at the German Masters that “I outstayed in Black pool following my victory at the shoot-out, I didn’t get the time to practice for this event as I was celebrating my first title in 14 years. I flew out here on Monday and it was just today that I got to practice a little, however, I am high on confidence and want to continue my winning streak”.  Nigel will face Mark Selby in the last-32 round of the tournament.

The 41-year-old Irish snooker player Joe Swail has made his way to the last-32 round of the event, as he thrashed the Belgian Hans Blanckaert out of the event owing to his astounding 5-0 win. Joe came close to a 147 break in the third frame but settled in for a 112, owing to the fabulous win he will move on to meet Mark Allen.

As Joe pulled off one of the best performances of his career he looks hopeful to emulate the same passion in the later stages of the event. Getting past the qualifying rounds and defeating a wild card player will boost him up in the later round of the event, where he is all set to face Mark Allen.

Anthony Hamilton has come up to the surface real strong, as he won all three qualifying matches and got the better off 13-year-old school boy from Germany Pavel Leyk, in the wild-card round. Putting himself off to a flying start Hamilton won the first two frames, Pavel struck back with a break of 67 to put one on the board under his name. Despite the immense support from the crowd, Pavel seemed helpless against the 41-year-old ‘robin hood of snooker’. Anthony sealed a convincing 5-1 victory to book his place in the last-32 round of the event where he is likely to meet a tough contender Neil Robertson.

The young player much under the spot lights is Jack Lisowski, as he has displayed a strong composure and excellent snooker skills throughout the season. The 19-year-old Jack was awarded a wild-card entry into the event like his opponent Luca Brecel.

The 15-year-old Belgian cueist replied to Jack’s early two-frame lead by winning the next two frames, however, jack struck back with an eye-popping performance. Brecel gave Lisowski a tough time on the green baize table and nearly pulled off an upset but Jack won the next three frames and sealed a 5-2 victory. Jack now moves onto the last-32 round of the event where he will have a shot at Ricky Walden.

The ‘Thai-Namite’ is through to the next round of the event as he won a close-call bout against the Poland’s Tomasz Skalski. Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon has once again proved to be the future’s James Wattana for Thailand, as he pulled off a stunning 5-3 victory to earn a spot in the next round. The 17-year-old Thai cueist will go on to face the former world champion Graeme Dott.

The tournament’s second day will feature some of the wild-card and last-32 matches, and the updates on the event will continue to flow in as it proceeds.

 

 

 

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