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Lisowski Blitz Overhauls Carter

Jack Lisowski admitted his three frame burst to beat Ali Carter 5-4 from 4-2 down was one of the “biggest buzzes” of his career, as he reached the semi-finals of the BetVictor Welsh Open.

The Gloucestershire cueman has struggled to produce his top form this season, having only made one other quarter-final prior to this week at the UK Championship. However, Lisowski summoned his dazzling best in crossing the line this afternoon.

Lisowski reached three of his six career ranking finals last season, but is yet to register a maiden piece of professional silverware. He will be hoping that all changes this weekend. Jackpot will be up against either Ricky Walden or Joe Perry in the last four.

This afternoon’s defeat extends 2009 Welsh Open winner Carter’s recent woes in the event. The Captain went on a fine run to the quarter-finals last year, but was forced to withdraw from a clash with Ronnie O’Sullivan after suffering migraines.

The opening stages of today’s encounter were hard fought, but the pair emerged having shared the first four to head into the mid-session locked level at 2-2.

When play resumed it was Carter who made the first big move, taking the fifth and sixth with breaks of 86 and 53 to move 4-2 ahead. However, from there Lisowski produced a devastating run for the line. After swiftly securing the seventh frame, he fired in contributions of 85 and 135 to make it three on the bounce and wrap up the win.

“It was probably one of my biggest buzzes since I’ve been a pro. Everything started going in, I can’t even remember the break at the end,” said 30-year-old Lisowski. “It was such a rush and to beat Ali, in a decider, is very satisfying. I know how hard it is.

“After the interval I was going backwards and he was the stronger player. I knew I had to change something. I felt like I was too close to the ball so I held the cue quarter of an inch further back. I’ve never tried that, but everything started going in. I now know that if you hold the cue further back you will be flying!”

Judd Trump continued his quest for a first ranking win of the season, by defeating Masters champion Neil Robertson 5-3 to book his place in the semi-finals.

The Ace in the Pack last lifted ranking silverware at the 2021 Gibraltar Open. However, he did become the Champion of Champions earlier this season.

A strong showing this week could strengthen 22-time ranking event winner Trump’s bid for a place at the upcoming Tour Championship. Only the top eight players on the one-year list will be in attendance in Llandudno. Trump is currently 16th in the live standings.

Bristolian Trump stormed to 4-1 advantage this afternoon, before Robertson clawed his way back into proceedings.  The Australian came from behind to win the sixth on the final black and then went on to move within a frame at 4-3.

However, Trump stamped out any hopes of a fightback by crossing the line by winning the eighth with breaks of 31 and 39. He extends his head-to-head lead over Robertson to 13-10.

Trump will now face either Iran’s Hossein Vafaei or China’s Zhang Anda for a place in the final.