The German Masters qualifying competition continues on Tuesday when the second day of action takes place across three more sessions of snooker inside the Morningside Arena in Leicester as players battle to keep their hopes of competing inside the Tempodrom in Berlin alive.
The opening day of the competition was a largely quiet one but that isn’t the case on Tuesday as the big names begin to come to the party and look for one of the two wins which will have them on the plane to Berlin in February.
Two of those big names come along in a tasty morning session. The newly crowned UK Championship winner Mark Allen is up in the first session of the day. He has a date with Peter Lines to overcome and a potential comedown to guard against. Neil Robertson bombed out in the first round in York and he’ll be looking to make up for that when he takes on Bai Langning. Yan Bingtao is the other member of the top 16 on show first up. He faces Rod Lawler who won a preliminary match on Monday. The other three matches sees Alexander Ursenbacher taking on Asjad Iqbal, Zhao Jianbo facing Ashley Hugill and David Grace facing off with Mark King.
The afternoon session on Tuesday sees spots in the main draw in Berlin on the line with the defending champion Zhao Xintong looking to go through to continue his title defence inside the Tempodrom. Tom Ford was two wins away from winning the UK Championship last week and he’ll look to set up another chance for ranking event glory when he takes on Ken Doherty while Anthony McGill will be looking to make it through too. He faces Allan Taylor. The other three matches in this session sees Michael White facing Tian Pengfei, Jak Jones going up against Jimmy Robertson and Jamie Clarke meets an in form Sam Craigie.
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We are back to the first round of action in the evening session and it is the former world champion Mark Selby who heads up the show. The Jester from Leicester will take on Peng Yisong to move to within one win of a return to Berlin. Kyren Wilson has won this tournament in the past and he begins his quest for a second title when he takes on Jenson Kendrick. Anthony Hamilton is another former winner here who is on show. He’ll be eager to make it back to Berlin and opens his campaign against David Lilley. The other three matches see Jamie Jones facing off against Martin Gould, Jimmy White looking to build on his run to the last 32 of the UK Championship when he takes on Mark Joyce and Sean O’Sullivan meeting Ian Burns.
Martin Gould hasn’t really got going this season and you suspect he is vulnerable against a Jamie Jones, who while he throws in the odds surprise result, is a lot more consistent than Gould and has won a lot more matches than him this term. Jones is a player on the up and you can’t really say that about Gould and but for the fact that the Englishman has been to the final of this tournament in the past and might be inspired by that, you can’t really say he has a lot going for him here.
Jones came back onto the tour with the bit between his teeth after his suspension and he has more than done enough to ensure he’ll be on tour again next term so he can have a good crack at this. He will probably be fuelled by missing out on the UK Championship but it wasn’t like he played badly against Wu Yize, he just ran into a player who played well. Gould doesn’t appear to be doing that. We are used to him being a heavy scorer but he has only made two centuries and 11 50s all season. I think Jones wins this.
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