The British Open continues on Tuesday when the second round of the competition gets underway inside the Centaur in Cheltenham on a day where we have three sessions of play and plenty of matches to enjoy.
We have plenty of big names on show over the course of the three sessions on the day as the players taking to the baize look to make it into the last 32 of the first proper UK ranking event of the relatively new season.
We have two of our outright bets on show in the morning session on Tuesday with Ali Carter being the highest ranked player who will be taking to the baize. He will be on the main table when he takes on the Chinese potter Xu Si. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh is the other one taking to the baize for us first up. The Thai star will go up against Oliver Lines for a place in the third round. The other two matches in the morning session both involve Chinese players. Ma Hailong faces Mohamed Ibrahim in what is a huge opportunity for both men while Yuan Sijun meets Ben Mertens in the other one in what could be the pick of the quartet of matches.
The home star Judd Trump will get to grace the main table for the first time this week in the first of the two sets of matches in the afternoon session. He will take on Hammad Miah for a place in the third round. Hossein Vafaei is the other leading light who is on show first up in the afternoon. Oliver Brown will be his opponent. Dave Gilbert is another recognisable name on show in this part of the day. He will go up against Lyu Haotian while Noppon Saengkham will face off against Fergal O’Brien in the other game.
Neil Robertson will then get the chance to go up on the main table in the second set of matches in the afternoon session. He faces off against the World Championship semi-finalist Si Jiahui in one of two standout games in this part of the day. The other big match sees Stephen Maguire going up against Mark Williams. Elsewhere, Jamie Jones will meet the other Belgian ace Julien Leclercq and there is a battle of two Scots as Scott Donaldson goes up against Liam Graham.
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We have a juicy evening session to enjoy on Tuesday, particularly on the main table where the action begins with the current Welsh Open champion Robert Milkins taking on the European Masters winner Barry Hawkins. Jimmy Robertson will look to make progress on one of the other tables when he meets Wu Yize while two veterans of the tour also do battle when Andy Hicks meets the former world champion Graeme Dott. Two more experienced heads clash on the other table as Ken Doherty takes on Matthew Stevens.
The big match of the evening session will be the second one on the main table when the home man Jack Lisowski meets Shaun Murphy in the latest heavyweight battle in this tournament. Three other matches take place in this session and they see two current trophy holders meeting when the Scottish Open champion Gary Wilson faces the Shootout winner Chris Wakelin while Anthony Hamilton meets Xiao Guodong. The other game sees Rod Lawler facing off against Dominic Dale.
Wu Yize is getting plenty of plaudits at the minute but he hasn’t really got the results this season to back that up, with the exception of a win over Neil Robertson in the European Masters but the Aussie confessed to that trip being one of hell with the flight and luggage situation so how much we can take from that I’m not sure. He might well be a talent but I think he could come a cropper against Jimmy Robertson in the evening session.
I say that because Robertson has the big advantage of having played a match in the arena on Monday evening so he will know how the conditions are playing and everything, a luxury the Chinese player will not have immediately. Robertson has been pretty solid this season and has a win over Mark Williams on his CV which catches the eye. Wu Yize lost to Ross Muir in the International Championship qualifying last week which shows that he remains inconsistent and I like Robertson to get the better of him here.
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