Breaks and Triumphs: Highlights from the International Championship Qualifying Round

John Higgins (Picture: World Snooker)

John Higgins displayed exceptional skill, producing two centuries and three breaks exceeding 50 as he dominated Manasawin Phetmalaikul with a commanding 6-1 victory in the qualifying round for the International Championship.

The four-time Crucible champion, Higgins, can now anticipate a journey to Tianjin, China, in November for the prestigious £825,000 world ranking event. His impressive runs, including scores of 50, 51, 115, 137, and 57, propelled the Scot to a resounding triumph over Thailand’s Phetmalaikul.

In a tense Australian derby, Neil Robertson was deadlocked with Ryan Thomerson at 4-4, but he seized the last two frames, concluding with a remarkable break of 104.

Semi-finalist at the Crucible, Si Jiahui, secured a narrow victory over Julien Leclercq in a thrilling contest that ended 6-5. Leclercq, the Shoot Out runner-up, managed a break of 122 to level the score at 5-5, and even led 56-0 in the deciding frame. However, China’s Si showcased incredible resilience, executing a clearance of 68 to snatch the win.

Shaun Murphy showcased his prowess, achieving the highest score of 88 in a 6-1 triumph over Andres Petrov. On the other hand, Joe O’Connor exhibited stellar performance, compiling runs of 131, 81, and 90 in a convincing 6-1 defeat of Baipat Siripaporn.

Marco Fu achieved a notable 6-4 victory against Robert Milkins, delivering crucial breaks of 87 and 68 in the last two frames. Meanwhile, John Astley demonstrated nerve-wracking precision, potting the blue and pink balls in the deciding frame to secure a hard-fought 6-5 win against Jamie Clarke.

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