John Higgins Advances in BetVictor Scottish Open Quest, Gary Wilson and Stuart Bingham Shine in Quarterfinal Race

John Higgins secured a hard-fought 4-2 victory against Lyu Haotian to stay in the running for his first-ever BetVictor Scottish Open title at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh.

Despite reaching the Scottish Open finals in 2016 and 2021, Higgins faced defeats on both occasions by Marco Fu and Luca Brecel. Now, in the quarterfinals, he is set to take on Tom Ford, who earned his spot with a 4-2 win over Martin O’Donnell.

Higgins, a four-time World Champion, is eager to claim his first piece of ranking silverware since the 2021 Players Championship. Despite making finals at four ranking events and the Champion of Champions since then, he has yet to add to his impressive tally of 31 career ranking titles.

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In the recent match, Lyu took an early lead with a break of 89, but Higgins responded with two consecutive wins to take the lead. Despite Lyu leveling the score at 2-2 with a run of 91, Higgins’ fortunate pot of the last red in the fifth frame set him up for victory. With a break of 51 in the sixth, Higgins secured the win and advanced to the last eight.

Delighted with his performance, the 48-year-old Scot said, “I’m delighted with winning tonight. I didn’t play my best and neither did Lyu. It is nice to get through, and I will try to get ready for tomorrow now.”

Higgins is aware of the challenges ahead, stating, “I’ve lost a couple of Scottish Open finals so it would mean a great deal to win. I’m not counting my chickens at all. I’ve got a really tough game in the next round, so I’ll just get ready for that.”

In other matches, defending champion Gary Wilson secured a 4-1 win over Rory Thor, setting up a quarterfinal clash with Chris Wakelin. Noppon Saengkham and Sanderson Lam also advanced to the last eight, while Stuart Bingham’s impressive 4-0 victory over Zhang Anda positioned him to face Zhou Yuelong in a crucial match for Bingham’s top-32 standing in the one-year list and a spot at the World Grand Prix.

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