Reanne Evans battled to a marathon 5-4 win over Jenson Kendrick to successfully negotiate BetVictor European Masters qualifying in Leicester and clinch her place in the final stages in Nuremberg.
It’s a first victory in a full length match for the 12-time Women’s World Champion, since regaining her professional status back in 2021. However, she was made to do it the hard way in a match which lasted over four hours.
The first two frames were shared, before Evans claimed the third and the fourth to head into the mid-session interval 3-1 ahead. Kendrick won the fifth, but it was Evans who then took a mammoth one hour and 13 minute frame to move one from victory at 4-2.
Kendrick kept his hopes alive, before the pair were pulled off with Evans leading 4-3 to allow the evening session games to begin. When they eventually returned it was Evans who got over the line to clinch her qualification.
James Cahill scored an emphatic 5-0 defeat of Thailand’s Women’s World Champion Baipat Siripaporn. Blackpool cueman Cahill made breaks of 59, 50 and 72 on his way to the whitewash victory and a place in Nuremberg.
Jack Lisowski made a 141 on his way to beating Sam Craigie 5-4, while Belgium’s Ben Mertens came from 4-3 down to beat Scottish Open champion Gary Wilson 5-4.
Alfie Burden, who recently regained his tour place through Q School, took the final two frames of his tie with Hayden Pinhey to emerge with a thrilling 5-4 victory.
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