A busy second day at the Tempodrom saw the conclusion of the last 32 matches as well as the start of the last 16.
First out onto the main table this morning was our defending champion Ding Junhui.The heady days of last season have seemed a long way this time around for Ding as he has struggled to recapture that superb form that saw him lift five ranking titles and being so low on confidence,I'm sure the thing he would have wanted here was a clash with Ryan Day who has proved a thorn in his side so often in the past.
That was to be the case again today as in a match where both struggled,Day won the last two frames from 4-3 down to win 5-4 and heap more misery on the Chinese no,1.The reward for Day is a last 16 clash with Alfie Burden who beat Michael Georgiou 5-3.
It was rather more straight forward for the favourites in the afternoon though with easy wins for O'Sullivan,Murphy,Perry & Allen.
Ronnie,who made his punditry debut as part of Eurosports coverage yesterday,was back to what he does best this afternoon as despite losing his first frame against Mark Davis to a fine century,he quickly found his game,producing some beautifully fluent break building to run out a 5-1 winner.He will next face Joe Perry who was an impressive 5-0 win over Jimmy Robertson.
Mark Allen & Shaun Murphy set up a tasty last 16 encounter with Allen seeing off Mark Williams 5-2 & Murphy beating Michael Wasley 5-1.
Stuart Bingham also moved into the last 16 with a 5-3 win over Matt Selt and will there face Liang Wenbo who defeated Li Hang by a scoreline of 5-1.
Into the evening session then and the start of the last 16 where once again we had the favourites all making serene progress through to the next round.
In what is shaping up to be a night to savour for anyone lucky enough to be at the Tempodrom, The Quarter finals will feature Judd Trump v Mark Selby,after both completed 5-1 victories over Martin Gould & Peter Ebdon respectively as well as Stephen Maguire taking on Neil Robertson,Maguire disposing of Mark King 5-2 & Robertson beating Goudong 5-0.
Before all that though tomorrow afternoon we finish off the rest of the last 16 matches with the winners there joining the above players in the quarter finals in the evening.
A cracking days snooker lies in store then,its just a pity we only have one tv table to see it on.