Neil Robertson emerged victorious in his duel with Gerard Greene, thumping the Northern Irish player to a 5-3 win. Robertson was the favourite coming into the encounter and very well justified that tag.
However, it didn’t come so easy for the Austrian as Greene made him work very hard for the win. The 46-year-old who is ranked world number 121 can now look elsewhere as his journey to the European Masters finals has been brought to a halt abruptly.
Elsewhere, Tian Pengfei completed a devastating whitewash over James Cahill. The Englishman has been subject to so many humiliating defeats in recent times. One of such was in the Scottish Open where he was blown away by Ronnie O’Sullivan in a 4-0 win. Just before that loss, Cahill completed a 4-2 win over Sunny Akani to seal his place in the next round of the qualifiers. However, the Rocket in one clean sweep took him out of the tournament.
In a similar fashion, Chinese professional, Pengfei completed a 5-0 whitewash over the English man. Pengfei was made to work hard in a 5-4 win over Joe Perry but simply walked past Cahill unscathed.
One other big win was David Lilley’s against Ryan Day. A 5-0 win over Ryan Day was just enough to put an end to the dreams of the Welsh securing passage into the European Masters finals. It wasn’t just down to Day’s lack of purposefulness or willpower but Lilley’s outstanding performance. Lilley was in a world of his own, unwilling to give away any frame to his own. He can now smile at the thought of moving into the next round as he edges closer and closer to the European Masters finals.
Ali Carter also secured a spot in the next round, thanks to a 5-2 win over Dominic Dale. Ali Carter, who is scheduled to play Mark Selby in the first round of the Masters 2020 was dominant for the most part and deservedly got the win.
Robert Milkins was also in action, locking horns with Tom Ford. It was the former who got the win though besting his opponent in five frames while his opponent could only manage two frame wins.