Today at the Snooker China open, Stephen Maguire got himself into the quarter finals of the event by beating Dominic Dale by 5-1. With breaks of 86 and 51, Maguire will be hoping to make it to the semi final stage of the snooker china open.
If Maguire gets himself to the semi finals of the snooker china open, he will automatically qualify for the world championships, taking Ding Junhiu’s spot at No.16 in the world. This will no doubt put pressure on Maguire playing Alfie Burden in the semi finals of the snooker china open.
Graeme Dott’s hopes of winning the snooker china open ended today when he was beaten. This means Dott will have to qualify to book a place in the crucible next month.
Elsewhere, John Higgins remained in consistent form, beating David Gilbert by 5-3 in a quality match. Gilbert with breaks of 91, 78, 115 and 54 were not good enough for Higgins today as he had breaks of 92, 62, 114 and 52. Higgins suffering from a bad back is receiving treatment and is able to play quite comfortably for the moment at the snooker china open. John Higgins will now play Noppon Saengham in tomorrows quarter finals.
Judd Trump beat Marco Fu in 57 minutes with high quality scoring from the Bristol lad, getting breaks of 109, 67, 77 and 110. Trump will now play an in form Mark King in the quarter finals of the snooker china open.
Stuart Bingham is in his third consecutive quarter final, continuing his good form as of late at the snooker china open. He will be hoping to finish the season strong in the hopes of securing the No.1 Spot in the world. Bingham will be playing last weeks Players Championship finalist, Ricky Walden tomorrow in the quarter finals of the event.
Down to the final 8, this will be a hard one to call with so many of the players in good form recently.