The third and this season’s last Q-School event started on Tuesday and round 1 is now completed.
Wins For Kenna And Knowles
Rebecca Kenna and Tony Knowles both scored impressive victories in round one of Q School event three in Sheffield.
This is the third and final event, with four semi-finalists to earn tour cards next Sunday, plus two more who finish highest on the Order of Merit.
Women’s world number four Kenna won a Q School match for the first time last week, before losing in the second round. She has another success under her belt this time, beating Philip O’Connor 4-0, setting up a tie with Ross Bulman on Thursday.
Veteran Knowles, who turns 66 this week, scored a 4-0 win over Garry Coulson with a top break of 39. He now meets Ryan Roberts.
Ross Muir top scored with 62 in a 4-1 defeat of Connor Benzey, while Sean O’Sullivan fired runs of 89, 52, 64 and 83 in a 4-0 defeat of Samuel Lee-Stevens.
Hong Kong’s Yu Kiu Chang came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to beat Harvey Chandler 4-3, taking the deciding frame by potting the final pink and black.
Top break of the day was a 119 from George Pragnell, who beat Stan Moody 4-2.
and although most of the second day was spent playing round one matches, WST report is all about the round 2 evening session, with the focus on Tony Knowles again.
Next to nothing about non British/Irish players, nothing at all about mainland Europeans … that’s very disappointing and once again shows that we are very far away from a “Global” sport.
So here goes…
France’s Niel Vincent and Belgium’s Daan Leyssen both won their first round matches, but Julien Leclercq was beaten by James Sylverwood in a deciding frame. Daan is through to round three as he was due to face Barry Pinches who has just regained his tour card last Monday. There were wins for Umut Dikme (Germany) and Maris Volajs (Latvia) as well.
The only Japanese in the draw, Keishin Kamihashi lost to Jenson Kendrick.
Young Chris Totten from Scotland apparently didn’t show up for his match.
I’m glad that Rebecca Kenna was able to win a second match. The women’s tour isn’t yet at the required level, we know that. On Yee Ng, who was offered a two years tour card is well aware of the challenge she faces. She has been speaking to WST:
Good luck On Yee!