Stephen Maguire and Judd Trump have both whitewashed their opponents today at the Shanghai Masters.
It was Stephen Maguire who produced the best snooker of the afternoon, clearly fuelled with confidence after getting a maximum break yesterday during his match with Yi Chen Xu.
He was up against world No.3 Shaun Murphy who just became a dad for the first time. Although Murphy has had an inconsistent last couple of months, its understandable that practicing snooker may have been pushed aside for nappy changes and night feeds.. But Murphy hardly had a chance to play against Maguire, 19th in the world, who produced some of the best snooker he has played in some time. Breaks of 65, 62, 75 and 121 is world class by anybody’s standards and enough to whitewash a former world champion 5-0.
Maguire will now face Barry Hawkins in the next round.
On the other table Judd Trump opened his Shanghai Masters campaign against mid-ranked player Ben Woolaston. Although the highest break of the match was 88, which came in the third frame, Trump had the better tactical game and took his chances when they came about. Woolaston failed to capitalise on any of the chances he was presented with and as a result he was whitewashed 5-0. Trump will now face Michael White in the next round.
It was a mixed bag for Joe Perry today playing the 59th in the world Stuart Carrington, who has had a good run so far in the Shanghai Masters. The First four frames were shared between both players, but after the interval it was Perry who made a dash for the finish line to go 4-2 up, but Carrington came back with breaks of 78 and 85 to level things up at 4-4.
In the final frame it was Carrington who came out on top after making an impressive break of 100 to take himself into the next round. Carrington will now face Mark Selby in the next round.
Elsewhere, Mark Williams suffered a defeat to Mei Xiwen who beat him by 5-3. The Chinese player had a great match against Williams by making breaks of 73, 76 and 117. He will now play Ryan Day in the next round of the Shanghai Masters.