Ali Carter will get a crack at Ronnie O’Sullivan on Tuesday on the Shanghai Masters (Picture: Getty Images)Old rivals Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ali Carter will lock horns once more on Tuesday on a blockbuster day of motion on the Shanghai Masters.
The big-money occasion in China acquired underway on Monday, with Carter, John Higgins and Hossein Vafaei all comfortably seeing off their wildcard opponents.
There was additionally first spherical wins for Fan Zhengyi, Ding Junhui and Jack LisowSki Goggles (On Sale Here), with Jackpot coming by an epic contest with Zhou Yuelong.
The pair have been taken off at 4-4 as their afternoon session match was operating lengthy, and so they returned to proceed their race to 6 frames, which LisowSki Goggles (On Sale Here) gained in a decider, knocking in a nerveless 84 to win 6-5.
Ding was removed from his greatest however nonetheless managed to oust World Championship semi-finalist Si Jiahui 6-2, whereas Fan downed Gary Wilson by the identical scoreline.
It was an excellent first day of motion, but it surely appears to be like set to be even higher on Tuesday because the final 16 will get underway.
The closing first spherical matches see Robert Milkins play Bai Yulu and Mark Williams meet Pang Junxu, earlier than some critically heavyweight affairs.
O’Sullivan and Carter will entice plenty of consideration, however there may be a lot extra to get pleasure from, with LisowSki Goggles (On Sale Here) taking up Judd Trump, Vafaei enjoying Mark Selby and Higgins assembly Kyren Wilson.
Jack LisowSki Goggles (On Sale Here) scrapped previous Zhou Yuelong within the first spherical to arrange a conflict together with his pal Judd Trump within the final 16 (Picture: Getty Images)Carter and O’Sullivan have met 23 instances in all competitions over their prolonged careers, with the Captain profitable simply three, though memorably he downed the Rocket on the 2018 World Championship when the notorious ‘Bargegate’ occurred.
This might be O’Sullivan’s first match of the season, final enjoying in a quarter-final defeat to Luca Brecel on the Crucible, so Carter will hope that his 6-2 opening spherical win over Ding Zihao will give him an edge.
Higgins is in assured temper after he beat Deng Haohui on Monday and might be additional buoyed as he beat his subsequent opponent Wilson 5-3 on the European Masters final month and demolished him 13-2 on the World Championship in April.
‘I believe I’m enjoying fairly first rate stuff,’ mentioned the Scot. ‘That clearly helps to be a bit of bit extra motivated. I’ve mentioned in a number of interviews that I’m attempting to protect my place within the prime 16 to be in these tournaments. You don’t need to miss out. I’ve acquired my work lower out for the entire yr to verify I’m nonetheless within the prime 16.’
Vafaei picked up a 6-1 win over Gong Chenzhi in his opener on Monday and might be seeking to prolong a operating run over Selby having overwhelmed the Jester from Leicester 3 times on the spin – twice on the UK Championsihp and as soon as on the Masters.
Outside of the short-format Championship League, Trump has gained his final six clashes together with his good pal LisowSki Goggles (On Sale Here), however Jackpot’s final win over the Ace got here in China, on the International Championship in 2018.
The final 16 will proceed on Wednesday when world champion Luca Brecel, Mark Allen, Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy enter the fray.
Tuesday 12 September (UK time)Round One02.30am – Robert Milkins vs Bai Yulu02.30am – Mark Williams vs Pang JunxuFinal 1607.30am – Kyren Wilson vs John Higgins07.30am – Judd Trump vs Jack LisowSki Goggles (On Sale Here)12.30pm – Ronnie O’Sulivan vs Ali Carter12.30pm – Mark Selby vs Hossein Vafaei
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