The first round of the Welsh Open concludes inside the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Tuesday when three more sessions of action and a whole bunch of matches take place in what will be the second day of the final Home Nations event of the year.
Some big names eased through and some others scraped over the line on Monday and so the household stars on show on Tuesday will be on edge and focused to make sure they don’t fail miserably. Ding Junhui, Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson are among them.
It is the aforementioned Ding Junhui who will be on the main table first up in the morning session. He goes up against Chris Totten while there is a Welshman on show on the streamed offering. That is Duane Jones who will be looking to follow up his run to the semi-final of the German Masters with a win over Xiao Guodong, who goes into the clash off the back of his own last four run, his coming in the World Grand Prix.
The outside tables are full for the morning session once again with Fergal O’Brien taking on Oliver Lines on one of them while Ricky Walden and Lee Walker go head to head on another. Nigel Bond plays Alan McManus in a battle of the veterans and Scott Donaldson will go up against John Astley. The other two matches in the morning see Joe Swail taking on Li Hang and James Cahill meeting Gerard Greene.
Ronnie O’Sullivan headlines the afternoon when he faces Sanderson Lam first up on the TV table in a match which he should cruise to victory in. Barry Hawkins will be in action on the streamed table. The former World Championship finalist has been drawn against the dangerous Akani Songsermsawad in a great looking match up.
The outside tables are full first up in this session too with Joe O’Connor taking on Rhys Clark on one of them, Luo Honghao and Ian Burns meeting on another and Mei Xi Wen facing Michael Holt elsewhere. Lu Ning plays Ben Woollaston, Michael Georgiou plays David Lilley and Jimmy White goes up against Andrew Higginson.
The second round of matches sees Stuart Bingham taking on Ali Carter on the main table. That could be a right heavyweight showdown. Kyren Wilson will go up against the Hong Kong number two Andy Lee on the streamed table. On the outside tables Gary Wilson takes on Robin Hull whole Rory McLeod faces Thor Chuan Leong and Lu Haotian goes up against Paul Davison. The other match in the session sees Zhao Xintong taking on Jackson Page.
The standout clash in the evening session is the one on the main table as Mark Selby faces Anthony McGill in what is a horror draw for both men. While they are doing battle Luca Brecel will be going up against Kurt Maflin in another tight and intriguing looking match up for a place in the second round. On the outside tables Robert Milkins will meet Mike Dunn, Jams Wattana plays Chen Zifan and Billy Joe Castle goes up against Simon Lichtenberg who will be looking to join his German compatriot Lukas Kleckers in the second round. The other matches sees Welsh amateur Alex Taubman facing Elliot Slessor while Ashley Carty plays Tom Ford and Martin Gould goes up against Zhang Anda.
Two matches have been saved for potential second TV games in this session. Neil Robertson takes on Jordan Brown on the main table while ranking finalists of this season Joe Perry and Mark Davis could be scheduled for the streamed table if there is time.
I’ve had a good luck up and down this card but there is only one bet I like the look of and it comes in the afternoon match between the Shootout champion Michael Georgiou and the amateur who is a professional in all but name in David Lilley, which will be on one of the outside tables.
Georgiou is not pulling up any trees at the minute and he looks extremely vulnerable to me to a player who is having a decent enough season on the main tour as well as building up his confidence with a number of victories in the Challenge Tour events. Lilley will be on the tour by right in the not too distant future and he can prove his worth with a victory over Georgiou.
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