Snooker news - Ali Carter books semi-final spot, Mark Selby sets up Judd Trump clash
Top seed Mark Allen was dumped out of the World Grand Prix on Thursday as he was beaten 4-1 by Ali Carter, who later booked his spot in the semi-finals.
Scottish Open champion Allen opened up with a break of 85 at Cheltenham but thereafter he was second best to The Captain.
Carter responded instantly with a break of 86 and then edged a narrow frame to go 2-1 ahead.
Allen later tweeted an apology to his fans who were watching the match.
"Bad day at the office. Sorry to anyone who had to watch that. "Best of luck to @TheCaptain147 for the rest of tournament. Home to the family now."
Later on in the evening session Carter comfortably beat David Gilbert 5-1.
Carter took the opening three frames and although Gilbert hit a century in the fourth he couldn't build any momentum.
Carter will face Xiao Guodong in the semi-finals after he won a 5-4 thriller over compatriot Yuan Sijun.
The entire match was a tense affair with both players having to rely on mistakes from the other.
Teenager Yuan won a couple of extremely tight frames but he was unable to stop his more experienced opponent from claiming victory.
Earlier in the day Gilbert had whitewashed 2018 runner-up Ding Junhui.
Gilbert, who recently notched the 147th 147 break began with a tone-setting century break of 101 and doubled his lead with a 66.
He then knocked in his second ton of the match with a 138 break, the second highest of the tournament thus far.
Gilbert finished off the win with a break of 74 to finish off a shell-shocked Ding who could only manage 33 points in total.
World number one Mark Selby is also through to the quarter-finals having beaten Noppon Saengkham 4-2.
Selby knocked in two half-century breaks to take the opening frame but after that no player could make a break of 50 or higher.
Selby went three frames up but Saengkham was able to claw it back to 3-2.
However, he couldn't force a decider as Selby sealed victory and set up a quarter-final clash with Masters champion Judd Trump.
There was another whitewash as Kyren Wilson beat former world champion Stuart Bingham 4-0.
WORLD GRAND PRIX
FIRST ROUND (best of seven frames)
Monday February 4
- Ronnie O’Sullivan 2-4 Marco Fu
- Mark Allen 4-2 Gary Wilson
- Barry Hawkins 4-1 Ryan Day
- Stuart Bingham 4-1 Zhao Xintong
Tuesday February 5
- Martin O’Donnell 3-4 Ali Carter
- Jimmy Robertson 3-4 Mark Davis
- Mark Williams 3-4 Yuan Sijun
- Neil Robertson 3-4 Xiao Guodong
- Joe Perry 3-4 Tom Ford
- Stephen Maguire 4-1 Mark King
- Judd Trump 4-3 Stuart Carrington
- Jack Lisowski 1-4 Ding Junhui
Wednesday February 6
- Mark Selby 4-1 Shaun Murphy
- John Higgins 2-4 Noppon Saengkham
- David Gilbert 4-0 Yan Bingtao
- Kyren Wilson 4-3 Matthew Stevens
LAST 16 (best of seven frames)
- Xiao Guodong 4-1 Mark Davis
- Tom Ford 2-4 Judd Trump
- Stephen Maguire 2-4 Yuan SiJun
- Barry Hawkins 4-1 Marco Fu
Thursday February 7
- David Gilbert 4-0 Ding Junhui
- Ali Carter 4-1 Mark Allen
- Kyren Wilson 4-0 Stuart Bingham
- Mark Selby 4-2 Noppon Saengkham
- Ali Carter 5-1 David Gilbert
- Xiao Guodong 5-4 Yuan Sijun