Si Jiahui’s Triumph in BetVictor Welsh Open and Snooker Highlights

In a captivating performance, Si Jiahui showcased his form by defeating Andrew Pagett 4-2 in the BetVictor Welsh Open, advancing to the last 32 and intensifying his pursuit of a spot in the upcoming Players Championship. Prior to this tournament, Si held the 18th position in the one-year rankings, just outside the crucial top 16 required for qualification in Telford for the Players Series. To secure a chance, he needs to reach the semi-finals this week. His aspirations received a boost with his recent victory and the defeat of the 16th-placed Chris Wakelin.

Si, a semi-finalist at the Crucible last year, emphasized his potential with a strong showing at the BetVictor German Masters. Notable breaks, including 64, 50, 52, 98, and 58, propelled him to victory against Pagett, setting up a third-round clash with Mark Allen or Ma Hailong.

Reflecting on his journey, Si expressed relief after reaching the final in Berlin and acknowledged the expectations following his Crucible semi-final run. He mentioned watching a video of the final, recognizing the gap between him and Judd Trump, and working on the practice table to bridge that difference. Si also shared his nervousness during finals and emphasized the need for more experience in such situations.

Mark Allen achieved a milestone, becoming the tenth player in snooker history to make 600 centuries during a 4-0 win over Ma Hailong. Meanwhile, Mark Williams, the last Welsh winner in 1999, secured a 4-3 victory over Sanderson Lam, setting up a last 32 encounter with Anthony McGill.

Neil Robertson faced a tough battle against Stuart Carrington, ultimately prevailing 4-3 after relinquishing a 3-1 lead. Robertson now faces Ricky Walden in the next round. Ding Junhui suffered a setback with a 4-2 loss to Robbie Williams, affecting his position in the race to qualify for the Riyadh Season World Masters of Snooker.

Defending champion Robert Milkins impressed with a 140 total clearance in a 4-1 win over Allan Taylor. Barry Hawkins and John Higgins also secured victories in their respective matches. Welsh teenager Liam Davies showcased promise with a 119 break in a 4-0 win over Alexander Ursenbacher but faced a 4-1 defeat to practice partner Duane Jones in the subsequent round.

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