Judd Trump survives scare to progress, but John Higgins suffers defeat

Trump survives scare to progress, but Higgins suffers defeat
By Eurosport

04/10/2017 at 22:55Updated 04/10/2017 at 23:07

Defending champion Judd Trump hit back from 3-1 behind to complete a 4-3 victory over world number 105 Martin O'Donnell in the second round of the European Masters.

Trump contributed 106 to restore parity at 1-1 after O'Donnell won the opening frame with a run of 70.

O'Donnell claimed the next two frames for a 3-1 lead, but could not keep up the momentum as Trump edged through by dominating the final three frames - including a run of 110 in the fifth frame - for the concession of only 33 points.

World champion Mark Selby showed all his class in a 4-3 win over China's 19-year-old Lyu Haotian.

Lyu won the first frame with a break of 88 only for Selby to level at 1-1 with an 89.

Video - Selby shows class at European Masters


The world number one looked in danger of defeat when his opponent made 84, 62 and 74 on his way to a 3-2 lead, but Selby claimed the final two frames, including a run of 111 in the sixth to set up a meeting with Jack Lisowski in the last 16.

While Trump and Selby survived, John Higgins was a high-profile casualty at the European Masters as he fell 4-1 to Mark Davis on Wednesday.

The world number three Higgins started strongly with a half-century in the opening frame, but his form deserted him as Davis reeled off three 50+ breaks - including a 53, 80 and 92 - of his own to claim the next four frames.

Evergreen Hastings potter Davis will face Anthony McGill for a quarter-final place.

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The 2010 world champion completed the rout with a glorious 129 break having stamped his authority on the match with opening knocks of 57 and 61.

1997 Crucible winner Ken Doherty's tournament was ended 4-2 by China's Cao Yupeng.

And in a second battle of ex-Crucible winners Stuart Bingham brushed aside Graeme Dott 4-0.

Mark Allen, Mark Williams and home favourite Luca Brecel also made it through.

European Masters second round draw/results

  • Judd Trump 4-3 Martin O'Donnell
  • David Gilbert 4-1 Chen Zifan
  • Ben Woollaston 4-3 Gerard Greene
  • Alan McManus 1-4 Mark Allen
  • Neil Robertson 4-0 Peter Ebdon
  • Mark Williams 4-3 Ross Muir
  • Aditya Mehta 3-4 Billy Joe Castle
  • Cao Yupeng 4-2 Ken Doherty
  • John Higgins 1-4 Mark Davis
  • Anthony McGill 4-0 Alfie Burden
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Peter Lines
  • Zhou Yuelong 4-0 Michael Georgiou
  • Stuart Bingham 4-0 Graeme Dott
  • Chris Wakelin 1-4 Luca Brecel
  • Joe Perry 2-4 Jack Lisowski
  • Lyu Haotian 3-4 Mark Selby