Wayne Martin 5-2 Sean Hopkin
Wayne Martin managed to fend off a fightback from Sean Hopkin in this last 16 match.
Martin opened up a 3-0 lead without really getting out of second gear. But Hopkin showed his character by winning the next two frames. He also made the highest break of the match – a modest run of 35. Despite the lack of high breaks it was an enjoyable match as both players produced good safety which kept the referee on his toes.
Hopkin had his chances to draw level but Martin called on his vast experience to nick the sixth frame to go 4-2 ahead. The seventh frame looked to be going Hopkin’s way but a good snooker from Martin swung the frame his way. Hopkin had a chance at the end on the blue but he didn’t quite hit it hard enough and Martin made no mistake, potting blue and pink to win frame and match.
Martin now faces either Hanzla Zahid or Gary Spencer in the quarter-finals.