PTC12: Allen and Hendry Through To Last Eight

Day one has been completed in Munich at the PTC12 event and among those through to the last eight are seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry and Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen. Click below for all of the day’s results as well as the updated projected seedings list…

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Of the six matches staged today, the final one to conclude was that between Stephen Hendry and Marco Fu as the Scot emerged a 4-2 winner to book his place in the quarter-finals.

The first frame proved to be a slightly scrappy affair as Marco made the early running with a break of 40 before losing position which allowed Hendry to reduce the deficit as the frame approached a conclusion. Eventually a missed red with the rest proved to be decisive for Marco as Stephen cleared up to lead 1-0. From there the next two frames went very quickly, Hendry moving three clear with a possible four to play.

Although Marco was to mount a comeback by taking frames four and five, Stephen would eventually clinch victory with a break of 75 in the next and with it a place in his first PTC quarter-final tomorrow. Interestingly, the match will mark Stephen’s first appearance in the quarter-finals of a ranking event of any description since the 2010 China Open.

Next up for Hendry will be a clash with Nottingham’s Michael Holt as the two-time PTC event winner came through a deciding frame clash with another Scot, Marcus Campbell earlier in the day.

Also through to the quarter-finals is recent UK Championship finalist Mark Allen, a 4-2 winner against Mike Dunn this evening as he kept his bid for a place in the Grand Finals on track. Trailing 2-1 and missing balls in the fourth frame the situation did not look to be particularly promising for Mark, but as Mike failed to take his chances, Mark drew level, Allen began to find his form. A break of 100 put him ahead in the fifth frame before he sealed victory in the next.

Needing a run to the final to crack the top 24 and qualify for the Grand Finals, Mark now awaits the winner of tomorrow’s match between David Grace and Martin Gould.

Elsewhere, Ricky Walden kept alive his hopes of a return to the top 16 with a 4-2 victory against Xiao Guodong, a result that ensured that both Jimmy White and Mike Dunn will remain inside the top 48 at Monday’s seedings revision. Ricky, who needs to win the tournament to move above Ronnie O’Sullivan in the rankings, will now meet Joe Perry after the former Championship League winner came through a 4-1 winner against David Gilbert today.

Finally, Andrew Higginson saw off Norway’s Kurt Maflin today by a 4-2 scoreline to book his place in the last eight.