Wakelin’s Remarkable Resurgence from the Edge

In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Chris Wakelin, known as the Shoot Out king, staged an impressive comeback from a 3-0 deficit to triumph over Andrew Pagett with a 4-3 victory during the qualifying round for the Cazoo British Open.

Wakelin’s prospects seemed dim as he faced a potential exclusion from Cheltenham after conceding the first three frames. The situation appeared even bleaker when he found himself trailing 52-23 in the fourth frame. However, he showed remarkable resilience, launching a counterattack to secure that frame with a flawless clearance of 40 points. Despite Andrew Pagett having opportunities in the final three frames, his inability to capitalize allowed Wakelin to secure a hard-fought victory. Wakelin’s highest break of 65 added to his triumph.

Meanwhile, in another intense match, Zhang Anda managed to secure a 2-1 lead against Graeme Dott with impressive breaks of 119 and 129. Yet, the 2006 World Champion, Dott, ultimately emerged victorious with a 4-3 win, sealing the deal with a skillful break of 71 in the deciding frame.

Baipat Siripaporn, the Women’s World Champion, faced a setback as she suffered a 4-1 defeat against Liu Hongyu.

The day witnessed Anthony Hamilton’s stellar performance, marked by an impressive score of 86, which contributed to his convincing 4-1 win over Aaron Hill. Notably, Wednesday’s action saw three players over 50 years of age securing victories: Andy Hicks secured a 4-1 win over Andrew Higginson, and Rod Lawler claimed a 4-2 victory against Sam Craigie.

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