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Trump Battles Past Higgins

Judd Trump came through the standout tie of day two at the Kaspersky Riga Masters. The 2011 UK Championship winner put on an impressive display, to see off last season’s Player of the Year John Higgins.

The ‘Juddernaught’ was 2-1 down, but fought back to claim a 4-2 victory and book another mouth-watering quarter-final clash with 2010 World Champion Neil Robertson.

Australia’s Robertson also had a tough last 16 opponent, in the form of 2003 UK Championship winner Matthew Stevens. 34-year-old Robertson made breaks of 65 and 108 to score a 4-1 win and send the Welshman home to progress to the final day in Latvia.

“I’m playing a lot better than I expected to be this early in the season,” said Robertson. “I’m through to the quarter-finals, so I don’t see why I can’t go on and win the event.”

Mark Williams has started 2016-17 well by booking a quarter-final spot. The two-time World Champion bounced back from 2-0 down, taking four frames on the bounce, to see off Ali Carter.

Carter had frame five at his mercy with the score at 2-2, but missed a simple brown and gave Williams the chance to clear and take the frame on the black. The Welshman was ruthless with a contribution of 63 in the next frame to seal a 4-2 win.

Michael Holt knocked out current World Champion Mark Selby yesterday and today he ended 2015 Crucible winner Stuart Bingham’s campaign with a gritty 4-3 victory.

The 37-year-old compiled a break of 69 in the decider, to ensure his place in the last 8.

Holt will face Scotland’s Anthony McGill who made runs of 57,82 and 64 in a 4-0 victory over Chinese teenager Yan Bingtao.

Wildcard Darren Morgan is making the most of his opportunity, as he continued his great run with a win over fellow circuit veteran Ken Doherty.

1997 World Champion Doherty won a decider, on the final black earlier in the day, against Jack Lisowski. However, he was on the receiving end of a last frame defeat this evening, as Morgan reached his first ranking event quarter-final since 2002.