These are the results of the past week-end matches at the 2022 English Open Qualifiers (source: snooker.org)
On Saturday …
There was another disappointing result for On Yee. Mark Davis beating Xiao Guodong and Zhang Anda beating Stephen Maguire were minor surprises, although the score in the Zhang v Maguire match is unexpected. Mark Davis always was a good player and Zhang … is a mystery. The guy has never been in the top 64, but has qualified for the Crucible three times, the first one came in 2010. If anyone has a good explanation, they are welcome to comment. Fan Zhengyi played well in beating And Hicks. The Woollaston v Clarke match was a good one, and a close one. It was a harsh draw for both of them.
Andres Petrov scored his first win as a pro, beating rookie Victor Sarkis in a decider. It wasn’t a bad match. Both players have a lot to learn obviously but there was good stuff in there.
And then, Dechawat Poomjaeng celebrated his return to the professional ranks with a hard-fought win over Alexander Ursenbacher. Alex wasn’t happy. “Poomy” disappointed … he failed to applaud himself out there!
Dylan Emery was really impressive in beating the experienced Li Hang: he scored three high breaks (107, 100, 89). He’s by far the best UK youngster I have seen in years. Xu Si beating Zhou Yuelong was a minor surprise but not a good sign for Zhou. It won’t do his confidence any good. Pang Junxu played a solid match to get the better of Barry Pinches. Gary Wilson dominated Lyu Haotian; Lyu had a bit of an off-day and didn’t have the best of luck either. As much as I like Jimmy … I didn’t watch that one.
We are off to Bolton for the 2023 Champion of Champions
Some images taken at the venue and in the arena shared by Eugene James (fitter) during the rig.