German Masters Qualifiers 2011
World Snooker Academy, Sheffield
BERLIN TICKETS - FULL DRAW & RESULTS
FINAL ROUND RESULTS
First two players through to Berlin in the morning were Andrew Higginson and Joe Perry. Both of them had bad defeats against Steve Davis and Adrian Gunnell respectively at the UK Championship qualifiers so the English pros were both looking to impress here and they did. Andrew came through 5-2 against young Jamie Jones and Joe was a 5-3 winner against Robert Milkins. Andrew has an exciting tie against Ronnie O'Sullivan and Joe plays Ali Carter in the last 32.
Following countryman Li Yan qualifying for his first televised ranking event at the UK Championship Yu Delu has done the same and was an impressive 5-3 winner over Jamie Cope after coming through from the first round, 5-4 against Barry Pinches and 5-2 against Alfie Burden. The young player from China has made several appearances as a wildcard in the Shanghai Masters and China Open but now has earned a place as a pro and he will have to play a wildcard at the Tempodrom in Berlin. If he wins he plays Ding Junhui, a great prospect for the Chinese fans.
Adrian Gunnell has had a rocky few years on the tour but rocketed back qualifying for the televised stages of the UK Championship next month and now reaching a second venue in a row by impressively beating Marco Fu 5-1, he plays a wildcard for the chance to play Stephen Lee. He will be joined by fellow veteran Peter Ebdon who has had a torrid season so far but finally found some form in beating Jimmy White 5-4 to qualify for Berlin. He plays Australian Open champion Stuart Bingham at the Tempodrom.
Ken Doherty agonisingly lost 6-5 to Peter Lines in the UK Championship qualifiers but bounced back today. At first he looked down and out to the young tour newcomer Sam Craigie as the English pro had a commanding 4-0 lead in the best of 9 but Ireland's best ever player wasn't going down without a fight and he managed to get the 5 frames in a row he needed including a spectacular 135 break to win 5-4. If the 1997 world champion and this season's Australian Open semi-finalist can beat a wildcard he will be rewarded with a clash with the defending German Masters champion; Mark Williams.
Ricky Walden had one of the worst season's of his career last year, failing to win much but has qualified for his second venue in a row with a 5-1 win over China's Liu Chaung. Ricky has a clash with recent Power Snooker champion Martin Gould, tricky opener for the Pinner Potter. Seasoned campaigner Marcus Campbell joined him also with a 5-3 win over Peter Lines, the Scot has been progressing steadily up the rankings in the past few seasons and could challenge for the top 16 soon. He plays Neil Robertson in Germany.
Barry Hawkins failed to qualify for the UK Championship but capped off that disappointment by coming through against Andy Hicks 5-4. He plays Shaun Murphy at the Tempodrom. Another player to make it through is Paul Davison who shocked Dominic Dale 5-4. A professional since 1992, Paul had never set the tour on fire and dropped off a few seasons back but appeared at the World Open last year and has made another venue. He will play a wildcard with the winner going on to play snooker's new poster boy; Judd Trump.
Mike Dunn hasn't had much form to speak of in recent years, but after recently turning 40 the veteran shocked everyone by recording his first professional 147 in his first round match against Kurt Maflin which he won 5-0 (More about that here.) After recording another 5-0 win in the second round against Adam Wicheard he performed strongly to beat Mark King 5-3 in the final round. Getting his first maxi seemed to inspire Mike and lets hope it will last him untill Feburary where he plays a wildcard for a chance to play Matthew Stevens in the last 32.
Stephen Hendry recently dropped out the top 16 for the first time in 22 years meaning he had to qualify for ranking events. He succeeded in the UK Championship but failed today to qualify for the German Masters after falling to a 5-1 defeat by the hands of James Wattana. Stephen came on top numerous times against James in the 1990's but Thailand's best ever player got some small amount of revenge which included a top break of 102 to qualify. He plays a wildcard in Berlin with the chance of encountering Graeme Dott to follow after.
Leicester's Tom Ford reaches his second venue of the season with a strong 5-0 win over Anthony Hamilton. After reaching the Crucible and winning a PTC last year Tom has gone from strength to strength and firmly finds himself in the top 32 and continuing to rise up the rankings. Tom plays a wildcard with Mark Allen to follow after. China's Liu Song was a surprise package in the World Open last year and has reached another venue here with a tough 5-4 win against Fergal O'Brien which followed a good 5-3 win over Rory McLeod. Liu plays a wildcard with Mark Selby to follow.
Anthony McGill made his ranking event debut in Germany last season at the same event last year but agonisingly missed out on a second appearance, losing 5-4 to Ryan Day. Breaks of 120 and 115 helped the Welshman get the win which he needed as he sees himself slipping down the rankings in recent months. Ryan plays Stephen Maguire in Berlin. It was also unfortunate for another young talent Michael White who lost against Mark Davis for the second qualifying tournament in a row, this time by a 5-2 scoreline. The English pro has had a strong run in qualifiers in recent years and narrowly missed out on a top 16 spot recently. He plays current world champion John Higgins at the venue.
FULL TOURNAMENT RESULTS & CENTURY BREAKS