2021 English Open Qualifiers – Day 2

This is WST report on Day 2 at the 2021 English Open Qualifiers:

Super Soheil Stuns Perry

Iran’s Soheil Vahedi scored one of his best career wins as he beat Joe Perry 4-2 to qualify for the final stages of the BetVictor English Open.

Former World Amateur Champion Vahedi dropped off the pro tour at the end of last season and is back among the amateur ranks, but will gain entry to main tour events this term having finished sixth on the Q School ranking list.

And the 32-year-old took advantage today with a fine display against world number 21 Perry. Breaks of 72 and 68 helped give Vahedi a 2-1 lead. Perry won frame four, only for his opponent to take the next two with 54 and 63. Vahedi goes through to the final stages of the world ranking event, which will run from November 1-7 in Milton Keynes.

China’s Cao Yupeng maintained his excellent start to the season as he thrashed Mitchell Mann 4-0. Breaks of 52, 60 and 125 helped Cao to an emphatic victory.

Ashley Carty scored a 4-2 win over Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown, while Chang Bingyu top scored with 111 in a 4-1 defeat of Dominic Dale.

Xu Si came from 2-1 down to beat Jamie Jones 4-2 with a top run of 67, while Gary Wilson rounded off a 4-2 win over Craig Steadman with a break of 101.

The action continues on Sunday with Liang Wenbo, Ricky Walden and Graeme Dott among the players on the baize.

I’m very happy for Soheil who had a miserable few months on the baize. Hopefully he can build on that win and get back on the main tour come May.

Soheil Vahedi
Soheil Vahedi has forged a unique path in his snooker career (Picture: Getty Images)

Three of the four Chinese players in action won their match, the exception being Bai Langning who had been called in “last minute” to replace Zhang Jiankang.

I will be supporting Michael Georgiou today … 😉





2 thoughts on “2021 English Open Qualifiers – Day 2

  1. I’m happy for Soheil Vahedi, especially because it appears he does not have to pack and be kicked out of the country despite not making it to the professional status.

    Yeah, it’d be good if Michael Georgiou managed to win today.

  2. Yes a great win for Soheil Vahedi. He scored well, which is vital at this level.

    A couple of times Jamie Jones tried to concede frames whilst his opponent was at the table, clearing the balls. I have to say I don’t like this new protocol. There are some situations where it is good, but it should definitely not become ‘de rigueur’. Possibly Jones was angry, with some justification, about an earlier incident involving a foul-and-a-miss replacement. WST really have to sort this out – it’s an embarrassment and a waste of time having the referee move balls around unaided.

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