In what was the match of the tournament , Kyren Wilson enhanced his growing reputation in the game with a hard fought 10-9 victory over Joe Perry in the most dramatic of circumstances.
Starting out tonight with just the minimum between them,Wilson leading 5-4,this had the look of a game that would be close and what transpired was a night of punch & counter punch as these two battled it out for the final place in the last 16.
Into the action and the first four were shared to leave it at 7-6 to Wilson going to the interval.When they resumed ,it was Perry who took the next two to lead 8-7.From here though Wilson showed just what he was made of,producing two super clearances to edge ahead again at 9-8.
The next frame was one of those frames you only seem to get at the end of long format matches,as both players fought tooth and nail for 57 minutes,before Perry finally potted the pink to force the decider.
So we got the decider the match deserved and although it wasn't quite as dramatic as the previous frame,both players did spurn good chances,before a fluked snooker proved a bridge too far for Perry,who could only hit and hope his escape.From it he did manage to hit a red,but leaving Wilson on he held it together to seal a fantastic win.
Before this it had seemed to story of the day was Judd Trump,who battled his way back off the floor to beat Liang Wenbo 10-8
Starting the day at 6-3 Liang must have been sniffing that a big win was on the cards and when he won the first to go four clear at 7-3 it seemed another seed may be heading for the exit door.
Trump was really under it here and really should really have lost the next as well,but Liang has at times in the past struggled to put matches away and it was to happen here as he let several good chances slip,the result been instead of 8-3 we had Trump closing to 7-4.
This was to prove just the lift that Trump required and,starting to look more like his old self he reeled off the next four as well to lead for first time at 8-7.Liang did win the 16th to make it 8-8,but it proved only a blip as Trump marched on the second round,taking the next two to win 10-8.
He will now face Ding Junhui in a match that promises to be a cracker.
Of the second round matches that started today,Fu and Carter hold slight advantages over their respective opponents,,McGill & McManus,both leading 5-3,but there is a long way to go in both.