All the young pretenders are out aside from lyu Haotian who is sticking in there. His ranking is suprisingly high considering he hasn't done much this season. Xintong losing 4-1 to Hamilton is a stinger for him, he had chances in every frame, missed opportunity in one of the most open tournaments.
Thep was abysmal against dott, I watched some of that and it looks like nothing has changed.
Vafaei made a wonderful comeback against Higgins from 3-0 down only for Higgins to unsurprisingly knock in a century in the decider. Vafaei honestly for me has the makings of a truly great player, out of all the younger players, his scoring has improved immensely and he really has his sights set on being world champion one day, although whether he does is another matter.
Sijun had a rough time against Davis, scrappy game which would always favour mark.
Experience counts for so much in snooker these days. It will be a while before the old timers will go away. We all want to see the future stars of snooker but at the moment they are going to have to earn it the hard way.