European Masters 2017: Ricky Walden aiming to bounce back


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England’s Ricky Walden will be hoping to bounce back from his defeat in European Masters Qualifying when he comes up against Jamie Barrett at the World Open Qualifying on Monday.

The world number 23 was expected to beat fellow countryman Alfie Burden on Friday but he suffered a shock defeat.

Walden, 101.00 to win the World Championship, stormed into a 2-0 lead before dropping a frame and then leading 3-1, but he then lost the next three frames to miss out on a place in the tournament.

The 34-year-old will get the chance to respond on Monday when he faces Jamie Barrett in Preston.

Barrett has endured a disappointing start to the season, with just one win from his first five matches, and has only qualified for the Riga Masters, and so Walden will go into the match as the favourite.

Elsewhere on Monday, Judd Trump returns to action as he faces Sam Graigie. The 27-year-old has lost just once this year, with Ronnie O’Sullivan getting the better of him at the Hong Kong Masters.

Trump, 7.00 to win the World Championship, has beaten Xu Si and Shaun Murphy after a quiet start to the year.

Graeme Dott is also in action on Monday as he takes on Hamza Akhbar, while Joe Perry must beat Ian Preece to qualify.

Peter Ebdon is up against Niu Zhuang, while Luca Brecel is in action early on against Scotland’s Ross Muir.

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