We’re down to Day FIVE – the Quarter-Finals – of the World Masters on Wednesday in Birmingham.
To be honest it’s hard to come up with a summary story with so many events and matches on the go – it really is just one big blur!
You can hopefully find everything you need on the tournament site, and here’s a quick summary from yesterday:
Men’s seeds feel the force on Day Four
Action continued over four venues as considerably less than the original 750+ players continued their quest for one of the 18 world titles on offer, but there was no let up in the schedule as the Plate, Classic Plate and Consolation Plate events all progressed apace.
The big upset on Monday was the demise of England’s Claire Walker, second seed in the women’s O40 event, and her unseeded conqueress Linda Shannon from South Africa followed up today with another 3/0 win to reach the quarter-finals.
Today it was the turn of some men’s seeds to feel the force of the opposition. The biggest paper upset was Dominic Hughes’ 3/1 win over Geoff Davenport in the O50 category. The top-seeded Australian had claimed the title in the last four editions – two at O45 and two at O50, but Hughes, the unseeded multiple American champion, was known to be a dangerous opponent and so it transpired.
Two men’s second seeds fell too – Brian Cook in the O60 and Chris Ansell in the O65, both former champions.
Cook, at the upper end of the age group, found the fitness of John Macrury, the many-time Canadian and Cayman champion, too much – after losing the first Macrury took charge, winning the last 11/0.
Ansell lost out to fellow Englishman Barry Featherstone in straight games in another match which was always going to be closer than the seedings suggested.
The top seeds in the Men’s O35 and O40 events were all on the glass court in the University of Birmingham’s Bramall Music Building, and all are safely through to the last eight.