The 2019 English Open has been packed with surprises and loads of action since it kicked off on Monday and its Tuesday’s fixtures were nothing short of that mark.
Mark Williams made the highest break of the tournament so far to claim a 4-2 win over Jamie Clarke. It was a well-deserved win for the Welshman who put up an impressive showing to catch his train to the next stage of the tournament. The Welshman who reached the finals and semifinals in Guangzhou and Bangkok is no slouch and ensured a comfortable win with a classy 142.
Elsewhere, Chinese man Thepchaiya Un-Nooh made light work of Stephen Maguire, breezing past the Scot with compiling breaks of 86, 65, 117 and 75. It is definitely the end of the road for the Scottish professional who ranked in the world’s top 16 consecutively for 11 years from 2005 to August 2016. With this win, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh is poised to lock horns with Joe O’Connor in the last-64.
On table 1 in the afternoon round of games, Liang Wenbo took the game to Kyren Wilson. However, it was the latter who secured a position in the competition’s last-16 at the expense of the 2016 English Open Champion.
Ryan Day also made it through to the last-64 in Crawley with a more than convincing win over Eden Sharav. Ryan did Eden dirty with a 4-0 whitewash helped by breaks of 60, 70 and 108.
Perhaps the least surprising is 2018 Masters Champion, Mark Allen taking a stroll into the next round. However, what would matter to most fans of the sport is who he did that against. The Irish man did so at the expense of Thai legend, James Wattana. H
e top-scored with a break of 125 on his way to victory. He is now poised to take on Andy Lee in the last-64.
Worthy of mention is Shaun Murphy who has kept up with his red-hot form. The recent China champion is still in the hunt for a fourth consecutive final appearance. The Magician saw off the challenge of Chang Bigyu to book a last-64 appointment with Sunny Akani.
Written by: Roland Arum