John Higgins came out on top against Mark Williams in a clash between two of the game’s all-time greats at the Hanteng Autos World Open. However, it was the Welshman who stamped his authority in the early stages, taking the first frame with a counter-clearance 64 before moving 2-0 in front. From that point Higgins took control of proceedings. The Scot gained a foothold in the game with a contribution of 87 in the third and made a tournament high 144 break in the fifth. He claimed the remaining frames to run out a 5-2 winner.
“There was very little in the match, just a bit of luck and that was the reason I won,” said Higgins. “He’s one of the best players I have ever played and I have the utmost respect for him.”
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh continued his remarkable run, as he defeated 2016 World Championship semi-finalist Alan McManus. Having already accounted for World Champion Mark Selby, Un-Nooh wasted little time in his last 16 tie with McManus. The Thai took just under an hour to seal a 5-0 win and book a last eight clash with Anthony McGill.
McGill secured his passage with an emphatic 5-2 win over Matthew Selt. After the last event at the Indian Open, the Scot is enjoying the best form of his career and looked in confident mood against Selt. McGill clinched victory in style with a break of 115 in the final frame.
Ali Carter and Daniel Wells fought out a much tighter encounter in their last 16 tie. At 2-1 down Wells won three frames in a row, producing a break over fifty in each, to move to the verge of victory at 4-2. However, Carter dug deep and kept the game alive with a contribution of 130 in the seventh. He then won the final two frames to snatch a 5-4 victory and end a great run in Yushan for Wells. Next up for Carter is a quarter-final clash with John Higgins.
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