Jack Lisowski got his season off to a strong start, beating Mark Allen 4-3 in Preston to qualify for the Riga Masters.
Both players suffered agonising World Championship defeats at the end of the last campaign. Lisowski lost out 10-9 to Peter Ebdon at Ponds Forge and Allen made four centuries in a Crucible classic against John Higgins, before losing 13-9.
Allen was seemingly in control of the tie, having led 2-0 and 3-1, but the 25-year-old turned the match on it’s head to win three in a row and book his place in Latvia.
Jackson Page recorded a 4-1 win over James Silverwood to ensure his progress. The 16-year-old Welsh star compiled a break of 66 in the fourth frame to lead 3-1 and went on to win the next and complete the victory.
Michael White eased past Scotland’s Rhys Clark 4-1 and secured his place in Riga. The 2015 Indian Open Champion constructed a run of 70 on his way to the win.
Cao Yupeng whitewashed Ricky Walden 4-0 in a surprisingly one-sided encounter. Cao looked to have settled into his game the better in the season’s opening event. He made breaks of 83, 53 and 61 in the win.
Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher returned to the tour with a whitewash 4-0 win over Billy Joe Castle. He regained his tour card this year after victory at the European U21 Championship.
Luca Brecel produced a fine display to defeat 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy 4-2. The Belgian made breaks of 52, 63 and 81 in the win.
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