Ryan Day wins thriller final to lift Romanian Masters trophy

Ryan Day beat Stuart Bingham 10-8 in a nail-biting final, to win the inaugural edition of the Romanian Snooker Masters. The match had it all, from gorgeously played shots, to unearthly snookers, nervy moments and ... a re-spotted black!

Recently returned from Gibraltar, where he won the Gibraltar Open after cruelly defeating Cao Yupeng 4-0, Ryan Day continued his good run and added the Romanian Masters trophy to his collection.

A well deserved back-to-back victory, that however, didn't come short from drama, as the Welshman had to make a comeback from being led 4-0.

The start of the match (which was refereed by the Romanian ref Alex Crisan) bared Bingham signature, beginning to end, as the 2015 world champion used runs of 57, 84 and 45 to take an amazing 4-0 advantage over his opponent.

But that 15-minutes break worked wonders for Day as the Welshman won his first frame of the final, on the black! Tremendous poise!

To this, he added a break of 63 and a 52 to go just one behind Stuart, but an awesomely cued 124 was re-establishing the two-frame gap, at 5-3.

However, just as the first session was coming to and end Day used a top break of 40 to pull back one. It was 5-4 and game on!

At returning into the arena, not only did Day manage to draw level for the first time since the final began, thanks to a 50 break, but also to take the lead after a thrilling and extremely dramatic 55 minutes frame.

A very focused Bingham hit back with a break of 84 to restore the balance of the match and took a very scrappy 13th frame to make it 7-6, but Day made the most of the next frame to get his feet back into the game.

It was a great 111 break that put Bingham two-frames short of winning the final, but from that point on, it was a "Day highway".

The Welshman used runs of 61 and 43 to take control of the match, 9-8, and squeeze the best of snooker out of frame 18, which landed on a re-spotted black. Because such a final couldn't' have ended any other way!

Away it went the black into a pocket and so did Day's fist that punched the air. He was champion once more and after quite a final!

The Welshman goes home with a prize money of 50.000 euros, while his opponent has to be thankful with just half of this amount and the pride of making the highest break of the tournament (137), which is not shabby at all.

Photo credit (1): Romanian Snooker Masters
Photo credit (2&3): Bogdan Campean

Romanian Snooker Masters (Day 2) - Trump & Higgins reach QFs

The second day of the Romanian Snooker Masters saw some very exciting matches being played at the Metropolitan Circus arena, Judd Trump performing the third whitewash of the tournament, while the recent Welsh Open champion, John Higgins booked his place in the QFs.

Thursday seemed to be "the day" for Ryan Day as the Welshman beat Barry Hawkins 4-2, after being led by 2-1. Although the opening frame bared his signature, the next two were brutally conquered by Hawkins with breaks of 72 and 61.

However, Day kept his composure and used just a top break of 76 to win three frames in a row and book his quarter-finals place.

Next in line were John Higgins and his fellow countryman Anthony McGill.

McGill broke the ice with a gracefully cued 64 break, but Higgins hit one of those special scares of his (82 and 94) to go 2-1. And although Ants caught up with him thanks to a 85 break, it was the 2018 Welsh Open champion who got the final say and ended the match 4-2.

The evening came and with it "The Ace in the Pack" with a full display of his snooker skills.

Judd Trump faced Belgium's Luca Brecel in a one-sided match, which he won by hitting a myriad of breaks (101, 118, 57 and 52) for a perfect 4-0 result.

Kyren Wilson and Mark Allen were the ones that closed the second day of the tournament (in a match refereed by the Romanian Alex Crisan), Kyren obtaining a much-wanted and fought-for victory of 4-2.

A top break of 77 was the one who helped Kyren cash the first two frames of the match, but Allen hit  back with a superb 130 to win his first one.

However, the Englishman didn't seem to mind and continued his good run with a break of 62, to which Allen responded with a 85 to go just one behind.

The 6th frame saw Wilson make a 66 break and Allen left with 2 snooker, which sadly enough he didn't manage to obtain.

Today order of play:

13:00 Ali Carter v Stephen Maguire
14:00 Liang Wenbo v Stuart Bingham
19:00 John Higgins v Ryan Day
20:00 Kyren Wilson v Judd Trump

*all hours are local time

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Romanian Snooker Masters (Day 1): Robertson & Selby face early exit

The first day of the Romanian Snooker Masters recorded some pretty huge shocks, as both Neil Robertson and Mark Selby faced an early first-round exit.

Spring has come to Bucharest, Romania and so did snooker, this magnificent combination kicking off this Wednesday at the Metropolitan Circus with the likes of Ali Carter, Mark Williams, Mark King and Stephen Maguire.

Interestingly enough the first two matches of the day ended on the same result, Carter whitewashing Willo, 4-0 thanks to breaks of 74, 133 and 71, while Maguire "burnt" King with the same result, supported by top breaks of 109, 61, 108 and 74.

The evening came and with it the first match that saw all its frames being played: Neil Robertson v. Stuart Bingham.

The 2015 world champion opened the scoreline with a top break of 91 to take the first two frames of the match, but Robertson fought back not only to draw level, but also to put his nose in front.

It was 3-2, but Bingham had other plans. Plans that made him hit a beautiful 137 break (the highest of the tournament so far) and win two consecutive frame to get his place booked in the quarter-finals.

A very different match followed next, as Mark Selby and Liang Wenbo took the stage in a pretty low-standard confrontation of cues.

The lads got tangled in a pretty scrappy, 43-minute opening frame which went Wenbo's way thanks to a top break of 48, to which the Chinese player added a 47 to go 2-0 up.

Selby pulled one back by using half a century break, but the next one was cashed by Wenbo who was now just one away from victory.

The fifth frame saw Selby barely managing to add it to his collection, everything ending with Wenbo's runs of 31 and 41, for a final result of 4-2.

Today's order of play:

13:00 Barry Hawkins v Ryan Day
14:00  John Higgins v Anthony McGill

19:00 Judd Trump v Luca Brecel
20:00 Mark Allen v Kyren Wilson

Photo credit: Romanian Snooker Masters

6 world champions part of Romanian Snooker Masters

The Romanian Snooker Masters event, due to take place in Bucharest this Spring between 14-18 of March will become the stage for no less than six world champions, as the likes of Mark Selby, Mark Williams, John Higgins, Stuart Bingham, Ali Carter and Neil Robertson will grace us with their presence (but also snooker skills) at the Metropolitan Circus Arena.

Unfortunately, the Romanian public's darling, Ronnie O'Sullivan is not part of the deal (a fact that saddens us truly), but we are sure that snooker is appreciated and loved beyond that.

On a more positive note though, the draw is ready, so here is the match schedule for Round One:

Mark Selby  – Liang Wenbo
Stuart Bingham – Neil Robertson
Mark Williams  – Ali Carter 
Shaun Murphy  – Stephen Maguire 
John Higgins – Anthony McGill 
Barry Hawkins  – Ryan Day 
Mark Allen  – Kyren Wilson
Judd Trump – Luca Brecel 

The first two rounds will be played on the "Best of 7" (Wednesday to Friday), the semi-finals will be played on Saturday on a "Best of 9" rule, while the Grand Final will take place on Sunday on a "Best of 19".

The tickets are already on sale on Entertix and MyTicket.ro