YET MORE big names were eliminated from the Welsh Open in the qualification stages.
Former World Champion Peter Ebdon and this season’s UK Championship semi-finalist Mark Davis joined Ali Carter out of the tournament after suffering surprise defeats to lower ranked opponents.
This morning saw a huge shock as last week’s German Masters champion Carter was knocked out in the last 64 stage losing 4-2 to Gerard Greene.
And Ebdon followed suit as Indian star Pankaj Advani fought back from 2-0 down and 3-2 behind to clinch arguably his biggest win of his career against last season’s China Open winner.
Youngster Michael Wasley continued his fine form after sealing another fine win – this time against the world number 16 Davis.
Davis, who is currently enjoying one of his best seasons in his career after reaching three ranking event semi-finals, had no answer for the world number 79 who hit breaks of 66, 62 and 82 to record a memorable 4-2 win.
Wasley’s win today follows and equals his good run in the German Masters where he reached the same stage after knocking out Ebdon in Berlin.
Other games this afternoon saw Graeme Dott ease through to the venue stage with a 4-1 win over Rod Lawler. Ken Doherty and Andrew Higginson enjoyed whitewash wins over David Gilbert and Adam Duffy respectively. Fergal O’Brien ended Nigel Bond’s hopes of appearing in the tournament with a 4-1 win.
The evening session saw Stephen Maguire in real danger of defeat when he trailed 3-1 to Mark Joyce. Bit the Glaswegian showed his world class by winning the next three frames and avoid a potential banana skin of a tie.
Shaun Murphy was in fine form as he hit breaks of 68 and 145 to beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-2. Nottingham’s Anthony Hamilton continued his good form to make the Welsh Open with a 4-1 win over Marcus Campbell.
But fellow Nottingham star Michael Holt will not be featuring in next week’s ranking. Holt, who made the quarter-finals in the German Masters, suffered a 4-0 defeat to Scotland’s Alan McManus.
Barry Hawkins eased through after a 4-1 win over Zhang Anda and Joe Perry set up a first round clash with either Mark Selby or Steve Davis after a comfortable win against Jimmy Robertson.