Whirlwind Set For Berlin
Jimmy White continued his excellent recent form to earn a place in Berlin for the final stages of the BetVictor German Masters, beating Martin Gould 5-2 in the last round of qualifying.
The Whirlwind also qualified for the final stages of the recent UK Championship, coming through four rounds of qualifying. It was the first time since 2010 that White had reached the last 32 of the event. He was afforded a standing ovation when he walked out into the two-table setup in York, but was beaten 6-2 by Ryan Day.
White appeared to have maintained his momentum in the opening round this week, when he defeated Mark Joyce 5-2. The 60-year-old backed that up this afternoon with his 5-2 win over former German Masters winner Gould, making breaks of 63 and 68 during the tie.
Newly crowned UK Champion Mark Allen suffered a shock defeat at the hands of China’s Zhao Jianbo, who scored a 5-0 whitewash victory.
Northern Ireland’s Allen enjoyed a momentous victory at the weekend, beating Ding Junhui 10-7 in the title match to secure a maiden UK crown. However, breaks of 85, 58, 61 and 77 helped Zhao to beat Allen and take the place in Berlin.
World number four Neil Robertson secured his progression with a 5-2 win over Alexander Ursenbacher, while BetVictor European Masters champion Kyren Wilson beat David Lilley 5-0. Wilson knocked in breaks of 119 and 109 in the opening two frames, before strolling to the whitewash win.
Allen came later on twitter, saying that he had nothing left in the tank after his efforts at the UK Championship.
Of the six players who qualified for Berlin yesterday, two are not mentioned in this report, and both are Chinese. Surely an unfortunate random thing… Yan Bingtao beat David Grace by 5-2, and Peng Ysong came from 4-1 down to beat Ian Burns in the decider. It’s all the more bizarre because Peng, who hadn’t won a professional match before the UK Championship earlier this month, has now won 3 of the last 4, and is heading to Berlin, having beaten two very experienced players in Mark Selby (no less!) and Ian Burns. Surely this is one of the stories of the week and I’m sure that it it had been a UK youngster doing this it would have got the exposure it deserves.