The 2021 Gibraltar Open – Day 5

There were a good few surprises yesterday as some of the big names went out and some young guns did well. Amongst other results…

  • Pang Junxu beat Anthony McGill by 4-2
  • Mark Allen needed all 7 frames to beat the 15 years old Iulian Boiko … and he fluked the last black. Iuilian was playing for a re-spotted black. The table seemed to roll-off badly actually.
  • Soheil Vahedi beat Mark Williams by 4-3
  • Zhao Jianbo beat Alan McManus by 4-1
  • Jimmy White beat Stuart Bingham by 4-2
  • Matthew Selt beat Kyren Wilson by 4-3
  • Chris Wakelin beat Mark Selby by 4-2 … sending WST “big bonus story” crashing
  • Lei Peifan and Jamie Clarke both won their match.

That extraordinary win by Jimmy White puts him in the list of 8 to be redeemed via the one year list, now on same points as Luo Honghao, and pushing Igor Figueiredo out of it.

It would be extraordinary if Jimmy managed to re-qualify for the main tour by right!

Here are WST reports:

About the matches

Whirlwind Downs The Ballrun

Jimmy White produced a sublime run of 74 in the decisive frame to beat Stuart Bingham 4-2 at the BetVictor Gibraltar Open and leave the 2015 World Champion’s Crucible qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

Bingham now has to win the WST Pro Series and hope other results go his way to stand a chance of staying in the top 16 of the world rankings and avoid joining six-time Crucible finalist White at World Championship qualifying in April.

Legendary cueman White is enjoying a welcome burst of form this week. The 58-year-old is now through to the last 32 for the first time this season, where he’ll face Chen Zifan. White had looked set for an early exit in round one when he trailed Joe O’Connor 3-0, but produced four consecutive breaks over 50 to win 4-3.

The Whirlwind will be hoping to carry his form into next month’s World Championship qualifying, as he aims to clinch a first trip to the Crucible since 2006.

They shared the first two frames this afternoon, before White claimed the third on the pink to lead 2-1. A break of 63 saw Bingham restore parity, but it was White who moved a frame from victory at 3-2. He then sealed the win with an impressive break of 74.

I know I’m playing really well. To finish off a match like that in one visit is what you need. I was obviously second favourite playing against Bingham,” said 10-time ranking event winner White.

“I have been putting in a lot of good practice. I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve had top players come and play me. My game is there, it is just producing it out there in the heat of battle. Sometimes it gets very difficult and I get frustrated. Luckily I’m through tonight and I can go again tomorrow.

“I’m trying to get confidence wherever I can. If I can go deep in this tournament then it is going to give me great confidence heading into the World Championship qualifiers.

Iranian Soheil Vahedi produced a shock 4-3 defeat of three-time World Champion Mark Williams to boost his tour survival hopes.

Former World Amateur champion Vahedi requires a strong end to the campaign to retain his professional status. He clinched victory today with a fine century run of 102 in the decider.

Former Masters champion Mark Allen edged out 15-year-old Ukrainian Iulian Boiko 4-3, while 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy beat Luca Brecel 4-1.

About the Bonus en- of-story

Selby Loss Hands Trump Series Bonus

Mark Selby exited the BetVictor Gibraltar Open 4-2 at the hands of Chris Wakelin in the last 32, meaning that world number one Judd Trump clinched the £150,000 series bonus.

Selby needed to reach the final to top the BetVictor European Series standings, but tonight’s loss sees the three-time World Champion come up short.

Trump scoops the lucrative payout, which is awarded to the player who accumulates the most prize money across the series, for the second consecutive season. The Ace in the Pack defended his BetVictor German Masters title in January to put himself in pole position coming into this week’s concluding event. He faces Robert Milkins tomorrow at 2pm with the knowledge that the prize is already sewn up.

Selby said: “It wasn’t to be. Even if it was, it wouldn’t make me any happier than I am at the moment. It wouldn’t make a difference to my life whether I won it or not. Obviously it is disappointing not to win it, but it isn’t the end of the world.

“Judd deserves it. He’s been incredible over the last two years. If you look at the amount of ranking tournaments he wins. That bonus prize is going to go to someone who is winning tournaments and he is winning quite a lot recently, so he deserves everything he gets.

One thought on “The 2021 Gibraltar Open – Day 5

  1. Yes the 1-year ranking list places have been changing places with every round. Normally it takes at least £30k to qualify, but this season will be much less, and it can be a bit of a lottery, determined by different prize amounts for different tournaments. No disrespect to Jimmy White, but he has benefited from two COVID withdrawals.

    At this stage of the season, several players are looking a bit ragged, possibly just gearing up for one final effort in the World Championship.

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