Another busy and well supported day of snooker in Antwerp has left us with an intriguing last 16 line-up at Players Tour Championship event 9.

Eight of the remaining players are ranked inside the top 16. World finalists John Higgins and Judd Trump were among the winners yesterday and were joined by Matthew Stevens and Martin Gould.

Aditya Mehta flies the flag for India, former PTC winner Tom Ford is still going strong and Andy Hicks is also through, after a surprise win over Mark Selby, his second in fact over the world no.1 in PTCs this season.

Mike Dunn has also survived to the last day, despite a poor run of results following a stay in hospital.

In fact, Dunn was so disappointed by his failure to win a frame at the UK Championship qualifiers last week that he tweeted his career could be over.

I guess it proves that as long as there are more frames to play, there is always a chance that things can turn round.

This ultimately is why so few players actually do retire. It’s not just that they often have little to fall back on, it’s the feeling that something, eventually, might start to happen for them.

Dunn’s reward for going to Belgium and carrying on is a TV meeting with Higgins this morning, whose moustache for Movember is coming along nicely.

Including the Premier League he has won five matches out of five sporting the ‘tache, perhaps like Samson he would be advised not to shed it at all.

1 comment:

Betty Logan said...

The current quarter-final line-up is one of the strongest we've had in a PTC—all world champions from the last six years as well as this year's runner-up. These PTCs are definitely converging to more traditional results with the TV cameras in place. I'd love to see Gould defy the odds and come through and win it though.