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German Masters 2012/13

28 January 2013 No Comment

The German Masters features a new, flatter structure this season and is played in two “parts”. The first one – from November 28 to 30, 2012 -saw all first round matches completed and part of round 2. All Grove (active) players were involved although Judd was not playing that week. None of the other Grove lads will join him in Berlin, alas. Judd lost to Anthony Hamilton in the last 32.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Round 1 – James Wattana 5-2 Li Yan
Basically, when it went scrappy, Li Yan couldn’t get the better of the old fox, Jame Wattana.

Round 1 – Jack Lisowski 1-5 Michael Wasley
Jack won the opener, but then Michael took control and had four breaks over 60 in the next five. He clearly was the better player on the day.

Round 1- Aditya Mehta 2-5 Zhang Anda
This certainly is a good win for Anda against the excellent Aditya. “Adi”, on twitter, was full of praise for his opponent after the match. Nice touch and something that shoud boost Anda’s confidence.

Round 1 – David Gilbert 3-5 Chen Zhe
Another excellent result for Sleepy who came out the winner in a high scoring match. Gilbert in particular scored heavily when in, but Chen Zhe managed to win the hard fought ones and made it count.

Round 1 – Liang Wenbo 5-1 Paul Davison
Paul is a hard match player and never easy to beat. He won the first scrappy frame but afterwards Wenbo stamped his authority on the match, finishing with a magnificent 141.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Round 1 – Yu Delu 1-5 Dechawat Poomjaeng
Yu Delu had the highest break of the match, 73, in the only frame he won. Dechawat Poomjaeng is no easy opponent. He scores well when given the opportunity, but can scrap it through just as well, and he did both in this match. The last frame was very, very hard fought, Yu getting the snookers he needed but ultimately losing it on the final black.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Round 2 – Liang Wenbo 3-5 Graeme Dott
Wenbo staterd with a 130 and a 97. But Greame, gritty as one would expect fought back and Wenbo wasn’t able to beat him in the scrappy ones.

Round 2 – Andrew Higginson 5-4 Zhang Anda
Anda and Andrew were 2-2 athe MSI, having both won two rather scrappy frames each. But after the MSI, Andrew came out firing and won the next two in one visit. Anda battled hard to force a decider, but it’s Andrew who took his chance and the match.

Round 2 – Robert Milkins 5-4 Chen Zhe
Robert Milkins scored very heavily as he can. He had a high break of 140 and two other one visit frame win with 88 and 78. Sleepy fought hard and scored a 77 of his own, but it wasn’t enough to counter his opponent potting power.

Round 2 – Judd Trump 5-4 Jame Wattana
Judd will be very relieved to progress. He lead 3-1 at the MSI and if it wasn’t for a kick he would probably have been 4-1. However, from 3-2 up he looked nervous and played a few bad safeties. James didn’t need further invitation and before long he made it 4-3. With his back against the wall, Judd managed to hold it together and finished with a century but … phew!

Round 3 – Judd Trump 4-5 Anthony Hamilton
There was no repeat of yesterday’s story. Judd was 1-3 down at MSI, fought back to force a decider but eventually lost to one of the best break builders in the game. Too many missed long pots, leaving his opponent with chances … and this was a match with no real fluency which doesn’t suit Judd’s style. But then your opponent isn’t there to pleas you, is he?

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