German Masters snooker: Judd Trump makes winning start as Stephen Hendry suffers early exit, Mark Williams wins.
Defending champion Judd Trump hit breaks of 100, 63 and 85 in a 5-1 win over Tian Pengfei in the first round of the German Masters, but Stephen Hendry was dumped out of the event with Gao Yang running out a 5-2 winner against the seven-times world champion in Cannock. Stream top snooker action live and on demand on discovery+, the Eurosport app and eurosport.comWorld number one Judd Trump made a winning start in his quest for a third straight German Masters title with a 5-1 win over Tian Pengfei in the first round.
The defending champion – who defeated Jack Lisowski 9-2 in last season's final and Neil Robertson 9-6 in 2020 respectively – made breaks of 100, 63 and 85 to secure a meeting in the last 64 with Aaron Hill or Anthony Hamilton in Cannock on Thursday.
But seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry is out of the tournament after losing 5-2 to Gao Yang with his opponent winning the final three frames.
Hendry won the opening frame with a 51, but world number 78 Gao contributed 58 and 86 on his way to a comfortable victory after the mid-session interval.
Barry Hawkins watched Matthew Selt compile 125 and 66 to lead 2-0, but the 2013 world finalist made 104 and 51 on his way to leading 4-3 before a concluding 69 denied Selt the chance of a decider after the former Indian Open champion ran in 68 in the penultimate frame.
The last 32 qualify for the final stages, with the Tempodrom in Berlin staging the tournament between 26-30 January 2022, which you can stream live and on demand on discovery+, the Eurosport app and eurosport.com.
In-form two-times German Masters winner Mark Williams booked his place in Berlin in some style with a 5-1 win over Chang Bingyu that included breaks of 128, 91 and 103 with his opponent contributing 111 and 56 in defeat.
World number five Kyren Wilson was forced to the last frame against Li Hang before emerging triumphant in another high-scoring encounter.