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Haikou World Open 2014

10 March 2014 No Comment

The television stage of the Haikou World Open, features 64 players and runs from March 10 to March 15, 2014. Neil, Judd, Wenbo, Li Yan and Yu Delu have qualified. Neil is the first to book his last 32 spot with a 5-1 win over Jamie Jones. Judd and Wenbo joined him on day 2. All three won on day 3 and reached the last 16, where unfortunately they all lost.

Last 64

Jamie Jones 1-5 Neil Robertson
43-64, 88-35, 35-77(68), 16-100(53), 30-100(100), 0-84(84)
After a relatively slow start the scoring machine kicked in … 89th century this season for Neil in frame 5.

Matthew Stevens 5-0 Yu Delu
70-16, 66-28, 62-53, 81(55)-40, 71-29

Li Yan 1-5 Ding Junhui
68-62(62), 22-77(57), 16-98(51), 58-64, 0-128(128), 37-66
Li Yan didn’t actually play badly and the score doesn’t reflect the way the match went. Li Yan had in fact a good chance to make it 2-2 at MSI and who knows what could have happened. He played some very good tactical shots along the match, but a few errors at crucial times cost him dear.

Chen Zifan 0-5 Judd Trump
6-93(61), 42-83(61), 1-85(64), 50-60, 0-88(88)

Liang Wenbo 5-1 Scott Donaldson
88(54)-1, 92-32, 126(111)-1, 90-23, 20-93(65), 72(67)-19

Last 32

Matthew Stevens 4-5 Judd Trump

Liang Wenbo 5-3 Mark Davis
66-15, 0-90(90), 84-0, 81(80)-32, 20-72, 4-75(52), 89(52)-30, 86-20

Rory McLeod 1-5 Neil Robertson
59-66, 16-111(111), 48-60, 53-82(56), 51-29, 4-116(116)
A lot of frames were actually quite close even if the score isn’t. Neil is now on 91 centuries for the season.

Last 16

Mark Selby 5-1 Liang Wenbo
7-72(52), 69(62)-40, 67-45, 64-28, 135(135)-4, 131(131)-0
Before the MSI the match was close and Wenbo surely had his chances. After the MSI … Mark just got into another gear.

Marco Fu 5-4 Neil Robertson
138(121)-0, 0-99(61), 7-127(127), 127(127)-1, 95(52)-0, 114(114)-0, 64-73, 38-73, 56-49
The match started very strongly and Marco lead 4-2 having scored three centuries, whilst Neil had one as well. The match got scrappier as Neil fought back to force a decider. The last frame was very tense and very close but Marco prevailed eventually.

John Higgins 5-4 Judd Trump
5-130(100), 0-82(63), 12-110(110), 0-68(68), 104(104)-0, 137(89)-5, 90(90)-0, 124(124)-0, 75(63)-38
What a match! After this Judd tweeted that he never played that well and still lost.

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