Four more days of qualifying action took place in Preston and the line-up for the World Open 2017 in Yushan is now known. Seven last 128 matches are held over to the venue: they involve Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo, China’s top players, Mark Selby, the World Champion and the four matches featuring a wildcard. Ali Carter, the Defending Champion, did not enter.
Going from best of 7 with no MSI, in the Indian Open and European Masters qualifiers, to best of 9, with an interval did make a huge difference in terms of results. All top players involved will be in Yushan, except for Judd Trump who played a real shocker. In fact out of 56 matches played, 45 were won by the top seed. Among those who caused an “upset”, three did actually qualify for all three events Indian Open, European Masters and World Open. They are Ken Doherty, Cao Yupeng and Alexander Ursenbacher. Well done to them. And well done as well to Jack Lisoswki, who also qualified for all three events: Jack had a very lean spell and needs results this season in order to avoid relegation.