RISING star Judd Trump avoided a mighty scare in Day 3 of the Shanghai Masters after recovering from three frames down in his first round match against Barry Hawkins to reach the second round.
The Bristol sensation was in big trouble when Hawkins, winner of this season’s Australian Open, took a 3-0 lead in their first round encounter earlier today.
But the 2011 China Open winner showed the Shanghai crowd his fighting qualities as he stormed back winning the remaining frames to set up a last 16 meeting with Mark Allen.
Four times world champion John Higgins rediscovered some of his best form as quality breaks of 80 (10 reds/10 blacks), 95 and 70 helped him to a 5-2 win over Welshman Jamie Jones.
Jones’ fellow Welshman Ryan Day earned a thrilling 5-4 win over top 16 player Martin Gould.
Day had sailed into a 3-0 lead before Gould came storming back winning the next four frames to go within a single frame of victory. But the topsy-turvy match was to take another chapter as Day pegged level and won the all important final frame to make the second round.
Wuxi Classic winner Ricky Walden is through after surviving a determined fightback from Steve Davis. Walden looked set for an easy passage into the next round when taking a 4-1 lead but the six-times world champion took the next three frames to force the match into a decider.
But a fine finish from Walden saw him take victory and set up a last 16 meeting with another former world champion in Mark Williams.
Graeme Dott reached the last 16 stage with a comfortable 5-2 win over wildcard entrant Jin Long, who could not repeat his heroics after beating Jimmy Robertson on Tuesday.
And Dott’s opponent will be world number 8 Stephen Lee who beat Marcus Campbell 5-3 in the morning session. It was sweet revenge for Lee after Campbell defeated him in the first round of the Wuxi Classic less than three months ago.
Stuart Bingham was forced to battle hard beating Leicester’s Tom Ford 5-4 in a safety exchange on the final red of the final frame and last season’s Shanghai Masters semi-finalist Neil Robertson booked his place into the last 16 with a 5-2 win over Chen Feilong.
Tomorrow (Thursday) sees all eight Round 2 matches being played as the remaining players bid for a place in the quarter finals of the competition.
The pick of the ties sees ‘Ace in the Pack’ Trump take on Northern Ireland’s Allen in a repeat of last season’s UK Championship final in York which saw Trump win his second world ranking title.