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PTC2: Sheffield, 8-11 July 2010

11 July 2010 No Comment

The second of World Snooker’s Players Tour Championship events has started in Sheffield, with professional Main Tour players and amateurs alike battling for a prize fund of £50,000.


Chen Zhe was once again the first Grove player to take part, in the amateur qualifying round, and made a winning start, beating Shahrukh Nasir by 4 frames to 2. Zhe made breaks of 41 and 40 to go 2-0 and finished with a 75 in the decisive frame.


Liu Song started his tournament with a 4-0 victory against London youngster Danny Douane but then had a tricky second round match against world no 28 Gerard Greene who came out on top 4-1.


Chen Zhe’s first round opponent was Nick Jennings who won the tie 4-1, although Zhe did manage to get a break of 92 in the second frame.

Two Grove players – Matthew Selt and Zhang Anda – met in the first round, with Matthew winning 4-0. However Matthew was unfortunate in the second round losing 4-1 to Kuldesh Johal.

Main Tour debutant Jack Lisowski had a very tricky first round tie, being drawn against world no 23 Stephen Lee, and was edged out 4-3 depsite making a break of 97 in the fourth frame.

Judd Trump made it through to the last 32 after beating David Gilbert and World No 19 Joe Perry but was defeated on Saturday evening by Liam Highfield 4-2 in the third round. Judd did set the highest break of the tournament so far against Joe Perry, with a superb 144.

The final Grove player taking part was U-21 Asian Champion Liu Chuang. Chuang beat Reanne Evans 4-2 in the first round; Reanne was taking part in her first professional match and there was additional media attention for both players. Chuang then beat Ben Harrison 4-0 before being unlucky enough to meet Mark Selby, who was on fire that day, overcoming Chuang 4-0 with breaks of 127, 111, 59 and 55.

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