Professional Snooker - 2016 Shanghai Masters (Day 3)
19th-25th September / Shanghai Grand Stage, China
SHANGHAI MASTERS - DAY 3 REVIEW
The Last 16 line-up for the 2016 Shanghai Masters is now complete following Day 3's action from the Grand Stage.
The Afternoon Session
Stuart Bingham needs to rack up prize money points after his average 2015/2016 campaign, and the former World Champion delivered with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Jamie Jones.
'Ball Run' notched up two centuries, 112 and 124, along with an earlier effort of 54. The 2014 winner will now appear in the Last 16 here for the ninth time out of a possible ten attempts.
2010 Champion Ali Carter is also still on course; he beat Kurt Maflin 5-1, aided with runs of 53 and 104. The Norwegian avoided the whitewash by taking the fifth frame.
Barry Hawkins chalked up a trio of half-centuries in sweeping aside Robert Milkins 5-0.
Whilst the other seeded players had it easy, Neil Robertson's poor run of results here continued when he was eliminated 5-2 by Ryan Day despite not a single break of 50 or above being made from either player.
It is the third year in a row that the Australian has lost his first match here - it is also the sixth time in ten. Certainly a bemusing record when you consider his success in other Chinese events over recent years.
The Evening Session
The remaining quartet of Last 32 fixtures were played out during the evening session.
Maximum man Stephen Maguire carried on where he left off yesterday by crushing Shaun Murphy 5-0. The Scot produced runs of 65, 62, 75 and 121 (his fourth ton in two matches) to go 4-0 up, and completed the rout after the interval. Maguire also won his wildcard match 5-0.
New father Murphy was playing in his first competitive match since July. Similar to Robertson, for someone of such class, he has a moderate record in this event. Seven of his ten previous outings here have seen him exit in either Round 1 or 2.
2012 and 2015 Runner-Up Judd Trump will be hoping it's third time lucky later this week; the 27 year old thumped Ben Woollaston 5-0 with a top offering of 88 in Frame 3.
Home player Mei Xi Wen caused a significant upset in toppling Mark Williams 5-3. The Chinese cueist went 2-0 down, but breaks of 73, 76 and in the last frame a 117 saw him reach new personal ground.
Mei, a recent Q-School graduate, had already won four matches at qualifying in Barnsley just to feature here - the only remaining qualifier who started at the back of the grid.
Having only spent a solitary season on the main tour before in 2009/2010, this will be his first ever Last 16 appearance in a major ranking event, although last month he did reach the Last 32 of the Paul Hunter Classic. He is now guaranteed a minimum payday of at least £8,000 - his previous highest from a professional tournament was just £1,000.
Starting only a round further in qualifying than Mei was Stuart Carrington. The current World Number 61 will too better his personal best in a major ranker after he ousted Joe Perry 5-4.
Carrington settled in by taking the first two frames but runs of 58, 64 and 52 saw Perry take control. The seed then moved one away from victory at 4-2 before Carrington made an excellent recovery with breaks of 78, 85 and 100. He had previously lost six times at the Last 32 stage of other major events.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 21st September 2016