World Open 2019 Qualifiers – Day 4

The last day of the World Open 2019 Qualifiers produced a few not-s–expected tresults.

There were five Chinese players involved, all very young except Xiao Guodong – who is only 30 himself actually, same as Judd Trump – and all but Yuan Sijun qualified. Yuan was beaten by Igor Figueiredo.

Harver Chandler had a very good win against Kurt Maflin. He needed it: his first season has been anything but a success. It went to a decider and Harvey held his nerves.

Ellliot Slessor beat Ryan Day by 5-4, from 4-2 down. He played very well in the last three frames, getting the better in the early safety exchanges, and scoring heavily once in.

James Cahill on the other hand was outplayed by Mark Allen who had five breaks over 50 in the match.

Ali Carter and David Gilbert both need all nine frames to get through, as did Fergal O’Brien. This means that Ronnie, should he beat Dominic Dale in his held-over match, will play Fergal next. I’m sure he’s thrilled!

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One thought on “World Open 2019 Qualifiers – Day 4

  1. I don’t think Ronnie will be worried about playing Fergal O’Brien! The match with Stefanow lasted 5 hours, which was very predictable.

    Yuan Sijun probably put himself under too much pressure. Yushan is very close to his hometown of Nanchang, and winning this qualifier would have meant playing in front of his family, potentially against Ronnie in the L16. We’ve seen before how the qualification system can be agonising for the overseas players.

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