Gilbert Tops Hill
David Gilbert scored his first win in a knock-out ranking event match this season as he thrashed Aaron Hill 4-0 to reach the final stages of the Cazoo British Open.
Gilbert suffered a surprise 5-1 reverse against Marco Fu in last month’s BetVictor European Masters qualifiers, but bounced back strongly with an impressive display against Hill, highlighted by breaks of 100 and 72. The world number 19 goes into the random draw for the last 64 of the tournament which runs from September 26 to October 2 in Milton Keynes.
Ryan Day top scored with 65 in a 4-1 win over Rebecca Kenna while Zhang Jiankang saw off Reanne Evans 4-0 with a top break of 70.
Zhou Yuelong beat Jenson Kendrick 4-1 with a top break of 80 and is one of 13 Chinese players to have won their qualifying match so far in Wigan.
Anthony Hamilton rounded off a 4-0 win over Jimmy White with a break of 100.
Gilbert played really well against Aaron Hill. He must have put some good work in over the last weeks.
Reanne Evans was really poor against Zhang Jiankang. Zhang himself looked vulnerable at the start of the match but grew in confidence as his opponent failed to convert her opportunities.
Rebecca Kenna was second best to Ryan Day, but took a lot of positives out of her match. Here is what she shared on Facebook:
I believe that Rebecca has a real chance to progress quite significantly on the main tour. She’s not a young girl, she’s grounded and contrary to Mink for instance she doesn’t have huge expectations weighting on her shoulders (other than her own of course).
The Andy Lee v Barry Pinches match was extremely hard fougth, quite tactical and very, very close. Not everyone’s cup of tea (or coffee in my case) but I enjoyed it.
Jimmy White should probably have won the second frame against Anthony Hamilton. He didn’t and after that the match had “game over” written all over it.
Now about the other and mainly bad news…
Phil Haigh on twitter yesterday posted that Ronnie was suffering from “tennis elbow”, which is indeed what Jason Francis hald told me earlier. It’s worrying news because he had it for some time and it’s not something that goes away easily. Despite its name, the condition is not necessarily caused bu playing with a racket … actually it’s caused by “repetitive mouvements” of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist and as you might guess, practising snooker is just that. Resting the arm is a big part of the treatment. Healing is not a fast process either.
Li Hang, Chang Bingyu and Lei Peifan have pulled out of next week’s BetVictor European Masters due to visa issues.
Their last-64 opponents – Zhao Xintong, Scott Donaldson and Marco Fu – will all receive a bye to the last 32 in Germany.
From what transpired on social media, Hossein Vafaei is in visa trouble as well. It seems to me that those visa problems are worse since Brexit.
Also, regarding visas, I hear that the two professional players from Pakistan – Aif and Iqbal – haven’t got their UK visas yet. They applied about 6 weeks ago,