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Around the tables

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  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3-4 Sam Craigie (finished)
  • Neil Robertson W/O Mark King
  • Anthony Hamilton 3-2 Ben Hancorn
  • Jamie Wilson 1-3 Duane Jones
  • Jimmy Robertson 3-1 Kacper Filipiak
  • Martyn Gould 3-0 Mitchell Mann

Yan Bingtao beats Xu Si 4-1!

He plays Brian Ochoiski next.

Yan 3-1 Xu (60-5)

Yeah, Yah's been good tonight. He doesn't flow but he accumulates. And on top of that, he understands the game, how to relax and how to compete. It's a pretty decent mix.

Yan 3-1 Xu (24-5)

Xu played well in winning the first frame and looked really composed at the table. But he's done almost nothing since then, and another mistake, leaving the white in the middle third of the table, presents Yan with a great chance to win f&m. The reds he needs are spread beautifully.

Yan 3-1 Xu (8-1)

Xu leaves a red and Yan does his best to force the white across the table and onto the black after potting it, but gets nowhere. Again, though, he's soon back involved, and plays a tremendous red along the black cushion that gets him for the now-easy green ... and he misses it! This game.

Around the tables

  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3-3 Sam Craigie
  • Neil Robertson W/O Mark King
  • Anthony Hamilton 2-2 Ben Hancorn
  • Jamie Wilson 1-2 Duane Jones
  • Jimmy Robertson 3-1 Kacper Filipiak
  • Martyn Gould 2-0 Mitchell Mann

Yan 3-1 Xu

A run of 104 makes it back-to-back tons for Yan, and after a slow start he's playing really well now.

Yan 2-1 Xu (62-14)

Yan still has to play more difficult pots than you'd expect because his cue-ball control isn't great, but he's making them - he's up to 97% success for tonight, and will only need one more to move on.

Yan 2-1 Xu (30-14)

Yan drains another fine red but again finishes on nothing as the frame creeps up towards the 20-minute mark. No matter, because Xu clips the knuckle en route back to baulk, keeping the white near the cluster, and Yan is soon back potting balls; the way they're spread, this is a chance. The black is on the blue spot, but in play, and the pink goes to one of the corners.

Yan 2-1 Xu (5-14)

Yan leaves the white in the middle of the table, so Xu takes a red then follows it with a black. But he'll not be able to manufacture a chance out of this so goes up table after the next red in order to play safe behind the yellow ... only to miss it! He sees the funny side, but will be laughing slightly less when Yan sinks a terrific long red ... only to finish on nowt.

Yan 2-1 Xu (0-5)

A double kiss gives Xu a red for free and he tries a cannon to develop the black. But it doesn't work out, so he sticks Yan in behind the black and the first roll-up is missed, but the second hits. A safety exchange ensues.

Around the tables

  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3-1 Sam Craigie
  • Neil Robertson W/O Mark King
  • Anthony Hamilton 2-1 Ben Hancorn
  • Jamie Wilson 1-1 Duane Jones
  • Jimmy Robertson 2-1 Kacper Filipiak
  • Martyn Gould 1-0 Mitchell Mann

Yan 2-1 Xu

Yeah, Yan is into this now, his 127 clearance taking him in front. That was very very smart work.

Yan 1-1 Xu (76-0)

This is excellent work from Yan, who's accumulated the majority of these points without the aid of the black. Ge;ll richly deserve the ton that he's seeking.

Yan 1-1 Xu (50-0)

Yan makes everything look hard, but gradually he picks up the frame and begins stuffing it into his pocket.

Yan 1-1 Xu (18-0)

Xu refuses a tricky pot to play safe only to leave a tricky pot for Yan, which he takes on and sinks, just about. Shortly afterwards, he rattles into the pack, knocking the black safe but achieving a decent spread.

Around the tables

  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3-0 Sam Craigie
  • Neil Robertson W/O Mark King
  • Anthony Hamilton 2-1 Ben Hancorn
  • Jamie Wilson 1-1 Duane Jones
  • Jimmy Robertson 1-1 Kacper Filipiak

Yan 1-1 Xu

Yan looks settled now, clearing up the remaining 55 points, but it's already clear that Xu won't give him an easy night. Beating China's newest major winner would be huge for him.

Yan 0-1 Xu (65-6)

Eesh! Playing safe, Xu gets a double kiss which leaves the red - that and the black he'll be on will put Yan 51 in front with 48 left. Both go down and this time a well-played cannon opens the balls that allow him to make sure.

Yan 0-1 Xu (49-6)

A fine red from Xu leaves him on nothing, but he plays a good enough safety so that he's soon back in. But not for long - he runs out of position and Yan is quickly at the table. He'll know he tossed the opening frame, so will be especially desperate to manufacture a frame-winning chance out of a tricky table ... then misses another "not difficult" cannon. That'll be end of break, the lead 43 but with 59 left on the table.

Yan 0-1 Xu (22-4)

Xu gets in first this time, but can only manage four before running out of position; a few shot later, Yan sinks a clever red, then glides across the table for the black. Has we saw in the previous frame, his break-building needs a lot of work, and he nearly misses a red which makes the black harder; he jawses it. And that's the thing really - you can get away with sketchy cue-ball control if you're a brilliant potter, like Judd Trump, but if you're not great at either, your matches will be struggles.

Around the tables

  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 1-0 Sam Craigie
  • Neil Robertson W/O Mark King
  • Anthony Hamilton 1-0 Ben Hancorn
  • Jamie Wilson 1-0 Duane Jones
  • Jimmy Robertson 0-1 Kacper Filipiak

Yan 0-1 Xu

That's very well played by Xu, who clears to brown then misses blue. Yan is in a match.

Yan 0-0 Xu (28-71)

Now here comes the key shot: black to penultimate red; can he get in behind it? Er, not really. It's now very close to the white, which is nearer the side cushion, and it's a difficult cut ... but it's frame-ball ... and he misses it! The break ends at 66, a decent run, but with the colours on their spots, Yan is still in the frame ... then plays safe and trickles in-off! Xu is 42 ahead with 43 on, but he's been left an straightforward one, and that will be that.

Yan 0-0 Xu (28-44)

Xu sends down a very nice red to middle and slowly but methodically starts removing balls. He's got a very nice touch around the table and it'll take an error for him to lose it from here - the balls are there for him.

Yan 0-0 Xu (28-0)

A fine red to centre sets Yan away and he immediately starts buzzing around the table, soon gliding in a far harder pot into the same pocket. But playing a cannon, he fails to adequately disturb his intended next red - in commentary, Neal is extremely unimpressed, saying it wasn't a difficult shot for a top player - and that's end of break.

Right, off we go!

Ronnie notes

That he was so good as a junior it was almost a surprise he hadn't competed at the top end sooner. He's not a nails potter, but he's got a great safety game and a beautiful temperament.

21 today

Happy birthday Yan. What were you doing at his age?

The Masters champions

Not words I expected to typing about Yan so soon, but he had a brilliant week and richly deserved his first major. He's 12 in the world now, while Xi is 78.

Evening all!

Eyes down for Yan Bingtao v Xu Si!


Tuesday, February 16th
  • Stuart Carrington 4-1 Sohail Vahedi (10:00)
  • Ryan Day 4-3 Ian Burns (10:00)
  • Kurt Maflin W/O Ken Doherty (10:00)
  • Jamie Clarke 0-4 Oliver Lines (10:00)
  • Jami Curtis-Barrett 3-4 Liam Highfield (10:00)
  • Lu Ning 3-4 Dylan Emery (a) (10:00)
  • Sunny Akani 4-1 Igor Figueiredo (10:00)
  • Jack Lisowski 4-3 Lei Peifan (10:00)
  • Ricky Walden 4-1 Jackson Page (12:00)
  • Graeme Dott 4-2 Billy Joe Castle (12:00)
  • Stuart Bingham 2-4 Robert Milkins (13:00)
  • Mark Williams 4-1 Michael White (a) (13:00)
  • Tom Ford 4-0 Peter Devlin (13:00)
  • Fergal O'Brien 2-4 Aaron Hill (13:00)
  • Tian Pengfei 0-4 Alan McManus (14:00)
  • Ben Woollaston W/O Alex Borg (14:00)
  • Nigel Bond 4-2 Rod Lawler (14:00)
  • David Gilbert 4-0 Rory McLeod (14:00)
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-0 Robbie Williams (14:00)
  • Ali Carter 4-3 Daniel Wells (16:30)
  • Scott Donaldson v Gao Yang (16:30)
  • Gerard Greene v Farakh Ajaib (16:30)
  • Yan Bingtao v Xu Si (10:00)
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Sam Craigie (19:00)
  • Neil Robertson W/O Mark King
  • Anthony Hamilton v Ben Hancorn (19:00)
  • Jamie Wilson v Duane Jones (19:00)
  • Jimmy Robertson v Kacper Filipiak (19:00)
  • Kyren Wilson v Chen Zifan (20:00)
  • Zhou Yuelong v Ashley Carty (20:00)
  • Martin Gould v Mitchell Mann (20:00)
  • Mark Joyce W/O Jimmy White


Monday, February 15th
  • Lee Walker 1-4 Mark Davis
  • Andy Hicks 3-4 David Lilley
  • Simon Lichtenberg 4-2 Riley Parsons
  • Li Hang 0-4 Martin O'Donnell
  • Allan Taylor 0-4 Pang Junxu
  • Ding Junhui 4-1 Lu Haotian
  • Joe Perry 4-3 Chang Bingyu
  • Elliot Slessor 4-2 Ben Fortey
  • Matthew Selt 0-4 Lukas Kleckers
  • Liang Wenbo 1-4 Joe O'Connor
  • Shaun Murphy 4-1 Zak Surety
  • James Cahill 0-4 Matthew Stevens
  • Sean Maddocks 3-4 Jamie O'Neill
  • Eden Sharav 2-4 Andrew Higginson
  • Anthony McGill 4-0 Louis Heathcote
  • Brian Ochoiski (a) 4-1 Paul S Davison
  • Gary Wilson 4-2 Ashley Hugill
  • Xiao Guodong 4-0 Iulian Boiko
  • Judd Trump 4-2 Zhao Jianbo
  • Barry Hawkins 4-1 Chris Wakelin
  • Jordan Brown 4-0 Luo Honghao
  • Alexander Ursenbacher 4-1 Noppon Saengkham
  • John Higgins 4-1 Steven Hallworth
  • Mark Selby 4-1 Barry Pinches
  • Jak Jones 4-3 Fan Zhengyi
  • Michael Holt 0-4 David Grace
  • Yuan Sijun 1-4 Jamie Jones
  • Zhao Xintong 4-2 Luca Brecel
  • Stephen Maguire 4-1 Dominic Dale
  • Si Jiahui 4-2 Brandon Sargeant
  • Peter Lines 2-4 Hossein Vafaei
  • Mark Allen 4-2 Fraser Patrick

What is the format?

Players have had to get used to different formats in recent weeks, with the Championship League and Shoot Out to occupy their thoughts, but we are back to a straight draw - with the top 16 seeds occupying different portions of the bracket.
It's best of seven frames all the way to the quarter finals, where it moves to best of nine. The semi-finals are the best of 11, with the final the best of 17.

How to watch the event

The 2021 Welsh Open is live on Eurosport.
You can watch every moment on eurosport.co.uk and the Eurosport app. You can download the Eurosport app for iOS and Android now.
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