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Lisowski Too Strong As White Loses Tour Card
Jack Lisowski has recorded a 10-7 defeat of Jimmy White at Betfred World Championship Qualifying, which sees the Whirlwind lose his tour card after 37 years as a professional.
Over the course of the legendary White’s career, he has amassed ten ranking titles and reached six Crucible finals. The World Championship, which hosted some of his most iconic highs and lows, could now prove to be the scene of the Whirlwind’s professional exit.
White had to progress to keep his chances of retaining his spot on the World Snooker Tour alive. The 54-year-old will now need to enter next month’s Q School if he is to regain a full tour card.
The 25-year-old found himself behind early on, as White claimed the first two frames of the session to lead 6-5. Lisowski restored parity, before a break of 51 helped him to regain the lead. White compiled runs of 68 and 54 take the 14th frame to make it 7-7.
From there it was Lisowski who coasted to the line, winning three frames in a row to secure the 10-7 win. Next up for the world number 55 is 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon who defeated Michael Wild 10-3.
Lisowski remarked: “It’s every man for himself, but it was cool to see him and he just has that class. I played Steve Davis before in the World Championship and lost 10-9, now I’ve played Jimmy. You can still see that quality and they put you bang under it.
“I can remember the first and only time I qualified for the Crucible. It was crazy. I’ve watched the snooker at the World Championship since I was five or six.
“There’s still a long way to go. Two more games and I have a tough draw. You need to block out your emotions and not think about where winning gets you, but that is easier said than done.”
Chinese 16-year-old Yan Bingtao staged a dramatic fightback to defeat Sam Craigie 10-8. Yan trailed 8-4, but reeled off six frames in a row to turn the match on it’s head. The 2015 World Cup winner showed patience beyond his years, in a match which featured several drawn out safety battles, including a 53 minute opening frame.
European Under 21 Champion Alexander Ursenbacher has reached the second round after recording a shock 10-6 defeat of world number 31 Robert Milkins. The potter from Switzerland got over the line in style, making consecutive breaks of 75 and 49 to wrap up the win.
Martin Gould eased to a 10-2 win over Thailand’s former World Championship semi-finalist James Wattana. Next up for Gould will be John Astley, who secured a hard fought 10-7 win over Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo.
Mark Davis made consecutive breaks of 115 and 110 on his way to a comprehensive 10-3 defeat of Mitchell Mann.