World number seven Neil Robertson has suffered an early exit at the hands of Ryan Day at the Shanghai Masters.
Both players struggled to find their best form, however it was Day who managed to gain the upper hand in a scrappy encounter. Amidst some uncharacteristic misses, the Welshman won three frames in a row to move into a 4-1 lead. It was an advantage which Day wouldn’t relinquish and he ran out a 5-2 winner.
“I felt alright at the start, I could see Neil was struggling a bit and I began to struggle as well,” said Day. “It’s just important to get through games like that really, you aren’t going to play well all of the time.”
2014 winner Stuart Bingham got this year’s Shanghai campaign off to a strong start, as he raced to a 5-0 win over Jamie Jones. The 40-year-old looked to be in fine form as he made back to back centuries, 112 and 124, to round off the win.
Barry Hawkins was the day’s second player to whitewash his opponent, defeating Robert Milkins 5-0. The Hawk made breaks of 50, 78 and 81, as he cruised to victory.
World Open Champion Ali Carter comfortably came through against Norway’s Kurt Maflin. The Chelmsford potter finished off a 5-1 in style with a contribution of 104 in the final frame. He’ll face four-time World Champion John Higgins in the last 16.