Day 4 in Barnsley was even more eventful than the previous ones. We had some very surprising results indeed.
Yan Bingtao beat Liang Wenbo, the defending champion by 4-0. The match was actually very close judging by the frames scores but for Liang who yesterday hit a 147, not to win a single frame was a bit unexpected. Unless of course he celebrated the 147, and the £40000 coming with it a bit too much … (just joking here).
Mark Williams was outplayed by Jack Lisowski, who had 4 breaks over 50 in beating Mark by 4-2. Didn’t see that coming the way “Willo” was playing recently. Mark was full of praise for Jack afterwards.
Michael White beat Ben Wollaston by 4-0 with four breaks over 50. Again it’s more the manner than the result itself that’s surprising here!
James Wattana and Alexander Ursenbacker both progressed: those two are at opposite “ends” of their career. There is still some strenghts in the Thaiphoon!
Hossein Vafaei beat Stuart Bingham on the last black in a decider. Hossein had been 3-0 up only for Stuart to peg him back to 3-3. Hossein probably thought he had blown it and his roar of delight when potting the winning black told how much it mattered to him.
Xiao Guodong beat Mark Selby by 4-1, a comprehensive score. Selby’s form hasn’t really be there this season (yet), and they were on an outside table, but still a surprising scoreline.
Jack Lisowski, Hossein Vafaei, Alexander Ursenbacker and Michael White all confirmed their good form by progressing the QF. In the process Alexander beat Shaun Murphy very comprehensively, by 4-1. Jack beat his good mate Judd Trump, in a deciding frame. Jack in fact leads Judd in the head-to-head.
With Kyren Wilson and Anthony McGill also progressing, that’s 6 players born in the 90th in the QF. Good to see!
Interviews with Jack Lisowki, Hossein Vafaei, Michael White and more can be found on this youtube channel