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!