Indian Open: Stuart Bingham breezes to pre-quarters

Former world champion, Stuart Bingham of England, showed his class in outsmarting his countryman Matthew Selt 4-1 for a place in the pre-quarterfinal of the fourth Indian Open world ranking snooker tournament at Novotel Hotel here on Thursday.

Coming up with impressive runs of 68 and 67 in the fourth and fifth frames when his famed potting skills were to the fore, Bingham ensured he would be a major threat for the other contenders in this edition.   -  K.R. Deepak

Former world champion, Stuart Bingham of England, showed his class in outsmarting his countryman Matthew Selt 4-1 for a place in the pre-quarterfinal of the fourth Indian Open world ranking snooker tournament at Novotel Hotel here on Thursday.

Coming up with impressive runs of 68 and 67 in the fourth and fifth frames when his famed potting skills were to the fore, Bingham ensured he would be a major threat for the other contenders in this edition.

"I was feeling very good and comfortable with my overall game today. There is no doubt he (opponent) improved a lot in the recent past and he could have made it two-all but missed out a couple of chances," Bingham said later on.

Another former world champion, Ken Doherty of Ireland, staged a remarkable comeback with his in-laws (he is married to an Indian, Sarah) watching his battle against a spirited Sam Baird of England before winning 4-3.

Earlier, higher-rated Mark King of England defeated 2006 world champion Graeme Dott of Scotland 4-1.

Another former World champion Shaun Murphy of England was in brilliant form, notching up two century-breaks to outclass Fergal O'Brien of Ireland 4-1 to move to the knock-out phase.

In a late night match, World No. 2 John Higgins of Scotland defeated Martin O'Donnell of England 4-2 to make it to the knock-out phase.

The results: Shaun Murphy (Eng) bt Fergal O’Brien (Ire) 58-50, 103 (97)-8, 48-71 (51), 125 (125)-0, 105 (105)-0; Stuart Bingham (Eng) bt Matthew Selt (Eng) 65-0, 66 (65)-29, 32-94 (94), 80 (68)-49, 68 (67)-0; Hossein Vafaei (Irn) bt Gerard Greene (Eng) 18-84, 69-40, 13-69, 98 (58)-0, 79 (52)-1, 83 (64)-0; Zhang Anda (Chn) bt Tian Pengfei (Chn) 7-73, 43-70, 88 (61)-23, 103-43, 71-38, 78-36; Mark King (Eng) bt Graeme Dott (Sco) 63-2, 0-104 (58), 64-4, 74 (74)-14, 64-21; Ricky Walden (Eng) bt Ben Woollaston (Eng) 77 (71)-54, 53-72, 61 (61)-56 (56), 91 (91)-0, 33-75(55), 63-31.

2nd round: David Gilbert (Eng) bt Kurt Maflin (Den) 24-102 (64), 51-71, 0-135 (135), 74 (68) -28, 74-21, 64 (64) -60, 68 (56) -2); John Higgins (Sco) bt Martin O’Donnell (Eng) 66-23, 0-83 (61), 67-36, 101 (74) -7, 6-86 (82), 71-1).