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PTC4: 25-28 August 2011, Furth, Germany

25 August 2011 No Comment

The fourth event on the PTC calendar is the Paul Hunter Classic, which takes place every year in Furth, just outside Nuremburg in Germany. Since last year it’s been a permanent part of World Snooker’s Players’ Tour, and the Grove’s Judd Trump is the reigning champion.

Ronnie O’Sullivan continued his excellent early season form to reach the semi-final. He started with three wins on Friday – a 4-0 win over Turkey’s Ali Kirim followed by a 4-1 victory over Anthony McGill and a 4-0 defeat of Adam Duffy which included his 11th pro 147 break:

Yu Delu had another great run to continue his own good early season form. He started with a 4-2 win against world no 33 Tom Ford, and after beating amatuer James Welsh 4-1 in the second round, went on to claim another great scalp in Steve Davis, who he defeated 4-2. Another 4-2 win against Jimmy Robertson put Delu into the last eight for the second time in three PTC events.

Ronnie and Delu were drawn together in the quarter-finals and Ronnie edged a close tie 4-3 but it was a fantastic run from the Chinese youngster.

Ronnie then met world no 3 Mark Selby in the semi-final but this time was edged out 3-4 in another close tie. Selby had been on great form during the tournament and went on to beat Mark Davis 4-0 in the final to take the trophy.

Judd Trump started his defence well with victories against Ashley Wright 4-1 and James Wattana 4-0 before losing a close match against world no 24 Andrew Higginson 3-4. Jack Lisowski also came through his first round match against Steve Judd 4-1 but was defeated in the second round 3-4 against Jamie Jones.

Chen Zhe and Zhang Anda are taking part in the amateur pre-qualifying rounds again. Zhe had a great start beating Norbert Eckstein 4-0 in the first qualifying round and then defeating Zafir Dilji and Norbert Hofheinz by the same scoreline to reach the professional stages. Anda had a bye into the second qualifying round and defeated Michael Peyr, again by 4 frames to nil. Anda then made it through to the main event with another 4-0 win against Michael Wild but then lost 4-3 to world no 52 Joe Swail in the first round proper.

Zhe then came up against another Grove player, Liu Song, in the first round proper with Song winning 4-1, but he was then defeated in the second round by world no 28 Ken Doherty 2-4.

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