World number 22 Kyren Wilson is the first man through to the semi-finals of the Champion of Champions in Coventry on a day that saw group favourites Judd Trump and Stuart Bingham fall by the conclusion of the first session.
It feels like a long time since we last saw the players in ranking event action and indeed it has been, as over two months have passed since July’s Australian Goldfields Open.
Next week though the professionals will be back in action at the 2015 Shanghai Masters, with Stuart Bingham looking to defend the title that he won 12 months ago and following the event will also come the second mid-season seeding revision of the current season.
As well as being a remarkable achievement in its own right, Ali Carter’s victory at the recent Paul Hunter Classic, also secured him a place in the Champion of Champions event for the third successive year.
Click below for a look at who will be joining him with just five counting events still to be played…
UPDATE: An interesting snippet out today from last year’s winner Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has indicated on Twitter that he will not be taking up his place in this year’s tournament:
Heard a rumour going around that I'm playing The Champions Of champions. Not true
— Ronnie O'Sullivan (@ronnieo147) September 8, 2015
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Matt Selt has always enjoyed playing in the Australian Goldfields Open with two previous quarter-final runs to his name and today he claimed another significant scalp, winning a thrilling match 5-4 against home hero Neil Robertson to reach the last 16 in 2015.
Continue reading for more on that and the five other first round matches completed on day two in Bendigo…