2022 Northern Ireland Open Qualifiers – Day 2

Life came in the way of snooker yesterday in the form of floods caused by violent thunderstorms and heavy rains … yes, no kidding, you can get that on a Greek island in the middle of the summer.

Fllodsinthe way of snooker
What I woke up to…

It’s all getting back under control now… no worries guys!

But, of course, I didn’t watch a thing yesterday, so can’t comment on the matches.

Here is WST report:

Fan Ends Losing Streak

Fan Zhengyi scored a 4-0 victory over Ashley Hugill in the qualifying round of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open, ending a six-month streak without a win.

China’s Fan won the BetVictor European Masters in February this year with a shock 9-8 defeat of Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final, then lost his next five consecutive matches. So today’s result, highlighted by a break of 68 in the third frame, will come as a relief to the 21-year-old as he booked his place in the final stages in Belfast in October.

Si Jiahui, a quarter-finalist at last week’s BetVictor European Masters, scored a 4-3 success over Anton Kazakov. China’s Si knocked in breaks of 134, 66, 55 and 75.

Hossein Vafaei also top scored with 134 as he beat Mark Davis 4-0, while John Astley edged out Wu Yize 4-3. Andy Hicks top scored with 94 in a 4-1 win over Zhang Anda, while Craig Steadman came from 3-2 down to beat former World Champion Graeme Dott 4-3.

Runs of 52 and 95 helped Jordan Brown see off Andrew Pagett 4-0, and Dominic Dale beat Rebecca Kenna by the same scoreline.

I was very happy when I found out about Fan’s win. I didn’t expect it, and, of course didn’t expect that score. Maybe this has to do with Roger Leighton’s presence in Wigan. Roger is one of the best technical coaches in the world and usually forms a strong bond with his “students”.  Three of them were in action yesterday: Fan, Si and Wu.

Si also won with very high scoring but the score was still 4-3. This is surely an indication that Anton Kazakov is making progress and fast.

As for Rebecca Kenna, please, don’t be harsh on her. She’s not used to professional conditions, she has to work to earn a living, she’s a married woman. She will give it everything, and she will improve, but she has to balance many things.



2 thoughts on “2022 Northern Ireland Open Qualifiers – Day 2

  1. It was important for Fan to win a match, and the performance didn’t matter. Fortunately for him, Ash Hugill played probably his worst match since returning to the tour.

  2. She was the one I watched and OK, trying not to be too harsh, but she made elementary mistakes/misses. Also some bad choices IMO, though I should not say that, because what do I know and she is the one at the table, not me. Hope, she’lI improve. I also watched some of Kazakov who had my support and for a little while I even thought he might make it. 🙂

    Stay safe, so it’s either flood or drought,.nothing in the middle…

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