Monday afternoon was a session of heart stopping shocks. The world number three Jeffrey De Graaf dreams were crushed at the hands of fellow Dutchman and close friend, Richard Veentra. In one of the tightest matches seen in the three days of action, favourite De Graaf took an early one set lead. Veenstra’s terrific scoring kept him in contention at times, but it was 34 year olds finishing as it does so often at the top of the game, that won him the match.
John Walton rolled back the years with a 3-0 whitewash over Australian qualifier Rob Modra. Walton had previously taken two years out of Lakeside following a dreadful dip in form. He was the champion at Frimley Green 15 years ago, beating Ted Hankey in the final. The destruction of Modra will give him the confidence he can recapture the form of yesterday and obtain a second world title.
Martin Atkins produced the final shock of the day with an excellent win over 14th seed Pip Blackwell. A jam packed Lakeside club were treated to some spectacular finishing including a 123 to seal the second set. The Assassin never really had to get out of third gear as Pip Blackwell struggled to find his tempo. Former quarter finalist Atkins overcame the nerves early doors and with the wind in his sails will hope to progress past the final eight.