posted on Apr, 6 2004 @ 12:25 PM
opening win in the Daily
Record Players Championship on Monday night will not go down as one of his most memorable matches.But in the context of his season a 5-3 victory over
promising Australian Neil Robertson was an invaluable one for the six-times world champion.
Davis next plays Wembley Masters runner-up Paul Hunter or 17-year-old Chinese starlet Ding Junhui.But the 46-year-old Essex legend is not too
concerned after cementing his place in the world's top 16 for another 12 months.
showed real grit to fight back to beat Ryan Day 5-4 in the second round of the Players Championship.The Rocket raced into a two-frame head, only to
throw away the third and he was staring defeat in the face when Welshman Day moved ahead 4-3.However, Essex's favourite son dug deep into his reserves
to level at 4-4 before closing out the match in the ninth with a classy break of 83.
needed all his fighting spirit to beat Mark Davis 5-4 and reach the second round of the Players Championship in Glasgow.The 1991 world champion
battled back from 4-1 down to edge through on the deciding ninth frame.
much easier, coasting through with a 5-1 win over Scott MacKenzie.The Hong Kong star made breaks of 60, 51, 67, 49, 44 and 46 and easily overcame his
World number one Mark Williams
was forced to
dig deep before seeing off Rod Lawler 5-4 in the second round of the Players Championship.Williams failed to get to grips with Lawler in the early
stages, but he battled bravely throughout before taking the match in the final frame.
[Edited on 6/4/04 by TRD]