Tough matches for both players in the first round, Bingham edging Robbie Williams last night, 10-7, to confirm the heavy favorite position of that meeting, while Dott won from the outsider posture of the meeting with Ricky Walden, 10-8.
After winning the first frame of the match, Dott saw himself 1-3 down at the interval of the first session. The decisive point of first session came in the fifth frame, as being on a break of 58, Ricky missed a not that difficult pink to lose that frame 58-59, Dott winning the first session 5-4.The Pocket Dynamo took the opening frame of the 2nd session, before Walden fought back with breaks of 78 and 104 for 6-6. Frame 13 came down to the colours, Walden clearing from green to pink to snatch it. The Englishman looked set to go 8-6 ahead until he broke down on 53, and Dott made a superb 78 clearance to level at 7-7. The Scot dominated the next two frames with runs of 43 and 65 to go 9-7 ahead. Walden got the better of a safety exchange on the yellow in frame 17 and cleared to pull one back. He led 35-0 in the next but Dott clawed his way back and looked set to clear until he missed the final yellow with the rest. Walden potted the yellow, but then sent the green flying off the table, trying to force position. Dott potted the green to go 25 points ahead and later added brown and blue to make sure he wins.
“It was a good game,” said world number 19 Dott.” It was a kind of typical performance for me. I often feel that the other player is the better player, but I just hang in and hang in, and then eventually when the pressure is on I feel ok.”
Despite suffering from a heavy cold for the past few days, Stuart Bingham scored a 10-7 victory over Robbie Williams to reach the second round of the World Championship. We saw 8 breaks of over 50 points in the first session, 4 made by each player but Williams was the leader at the end of it, 5-4. Bingham took the first frame of the second session with a break of 69 and then added the next with a 43 clearance, before a run of 87 from Williams made it 6-6. Ball-run Bingham then pulled away, winning three frames in a row with a top break of 51. Williams got the better of a safety battle on the green in the next and cleared to close to 9-7. But Stuart won a scrappy 17th frame to secure his progress.
“Last Tuesday I went to the tournament’s media launch in London and Mark Selby had a cold so I think I got it from him. I feel ok today but it did affect my concentration and I think that’s why I was playing one good frame then one bad one. I never considered pulling out though, I’d have to be on my death bed for that to happen.”
“It has been a lifetime dream of mine to play in the one-table set-up here,” said Bingham. “I’ll just keep trying. Last year I was so disappointed to lose in the first round so I’m really pleased to win today.”
H2H: Bingham 6-3
Prediction: Stuart Bingham to advance.
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