Welsh Open Snooker 2017: Updated Scores, Draw, Schedule After Thursday's Results

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2017

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Judd Trump of England in action during his second round match against Ding Junhui of China on day ten of the World Snooker Championship at Crucible Theatre on April 25, 2016 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Jackson Page's Cinderella run at the 2017 Welsh Open came to an end on Thursday, as the teenager suffered a whitewash loss at the hands of Judd Trump.

The 15-year-old was the feelgood story of this year's tournament, wining two matches to advance to the third round. The experienced Trump proved too much to overcome, however, and the World No. 4 made quick work of his much younger opponent, per sports writer Nick Metcalfe:

Elsewhere, the upsets continued, as Igor Figueiredo knocked out Dominic Dale and Graeme Dott lost to Lee Walker. World No. 1 Mark Selby lost to Yan Bingtao in another major upset, and Alli Carter won just a single frame against Hossein Vafaei Ayouri.

Here's a look at Thursday's results:

Welsh Open Results, Schedule
Third Round
Mark Davis4-2Fergal O'Brien
Jimmy Robertson0-4Scott Donaldson
Zhou Yuelong4-1Ross Muir
Graeme Dott2-4Lee Walker
Judd Trump4-0Jackson Page
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh1-4Barry Hawkins
Anthony Hamilton2-4Craig Steadman
Dominic Dale1-4Igor Figueiredo
Stuart Carrington4-0Robin Hull
Josh Boileau0-4Robert Milkins
Allister Carter1-4Hossein Vafaei Ayouri
Stuart Bingham4-0Ian Burns
Michael White2-4Robbie Williams
Mark Allen2-4Mei Xiwen
Kurt Maflin4-2Mitchell Mann
Yan Bingtao4-1Mark Selby
Fourth Round
Mark Davis3-4Scott Donaldson
Zhou Yuelong4-0Lee Walker
Judd Trump4-1Hossein Vafaei Ayouri
Barry Hawkins4-0Craig Steadman
Stuart Bingham4-0Robbie Williams
Igor Figueiredo1-4Stuart Carrington
Robert Milkins4-2Mei Xi Wen
Kurt Maflin4-1Yan Bingtao
Worldsnookerdata.com

Here's an early look at Friday's schedule, with one quarter-final ticket still up for grabs:

Friday Schedule
Quarter-Finals
Scott Donaldsonvs.Zhou Yuelong
Judd Trumpvs.Barry Hawkins
Stuart Binghamvs.Stuart Carrington
Robert Milkinsvs.Kurt Maflin
Worldsnookerdata.com

 

Recap

Page took on former prodigy Trump in one of the most anticipated matches of Thursday's afternoon session, and unsurprisingly, the 27-year-old came out on top, winning in four frames.

Youngster Page had already overcome John Astley and Jason Weston in the tournament and had his moments in front of the Welsh fans.

As shared by World Snooker's official Twitter account, even the commentators had his back:

But Trump showed his experience and versatility, impressing with several long pots, smart safeties and clever break-building. The two-time China Open winner is playing some fantastic snooker right now, and with plenty of top players already eliminated, he could be in for his best-ever run at the Welsh Open.

Trump hasn't advanced past the semi-finals of this tournament since the 2012-13 campaign, but as shared by Matt from Pro Snooker Blog, the field doesn't look particularly daunting at this point:

Ronnie O'Sullivan lost in the second round, and the likes of Peter Ebdon, Shaun Murphy, Liang Wenbo and Marco Fu have already been eliminated as well.

Dale joined that list on Thursday, as he dropped a decider against Figueiredo. The Brazilian had never advanced past the second round of a ranking tournament in his career before this year's Welsh Open, but he's suddenly on pace to do much better.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 30:  Dominic Dale plays a shot in his quarter final match against Barry Hawkins at the Crucible Theatre on April 30, 2014 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Michael Regan/Getty Images

His opponent in the fourth round was Stuart Carrington, who had made it out of the second round of a ranking tournament just once before―the UK Championship in the 2013-14 season. Carrington cruised to a win, booking his first ever ticket to a quarter-final.

There were more upsets later in the day, with Selby's loss against Bingtao ranking near the top of the list. The 17-year-old dropped the opening frame but won four on the trot with high scores of 111, 94 and 88, barely giving the Jester a chance at the table.

Bingtao couldn't repeat his heroics in the fourth round, as he lost to Kurt Maflin.

Vafaei Ayouri took another big scalp, that of Carter, in the afternoon session. Per World Snooker, he was ecstatic with his win:

His tournament came to an end just a few hours later, however, as Trump continued his superb run in the fourth round. He played one of the best shots of the day, which set up one of the toughest snookers you'll ever see:

Barry Hawkins cruised to the quarter-finals in a whitewash, easily beating Craig Stedman. Meanwhile, Robert Milkins booked his place in the final quarter-final match after beating Mei Xi Wen by two frames.

Milkins' reward for reaching the last eight is a game against Kurt Maflin. The Norwegian handily beat Bingtao 4-1. Bingtao was outclassed, but the 17-year-old was probably too taxed by the effort required to see off world No. 1 Selby earlier in the day.

Results like that are why the field is lacking some star power ahead of the last eight.