Jack Lisowski has booked his spot in the quarter-finals at the Hong Rui Ma Yushan World Open after coming from 3-0 down to beat Kyren Wilson. The 27-year-old has enjoyed an incredible 12 months at the table, having recently made it through to his first ranking final at the Riga Masters, and his form has continued at the World Open. However, it wasn’t plain sailing for the Gloucestershire potter and he had to dig deep to progress into the last eight.
Lisowski, who can be backed at 51.00 to win the 2018 UK Championship, lost the opening three frames on Wednesday night and knew it was make or break when he returned for Thursday’s morning session. Up against it, Lisowski appeared to thrive under pressure and he fired in breaks of 73, 59, 56 and 75 as he battled his way back into the tie to level at 4-4.
The final frame was full of errors from both players and it came down to the last three colours, with Lisowski holding his nerve to wrap up a 5-4 triumph. The world number 24, who admitted he found it hard to switch off on Wednesday, will go up against Mark Williams in the next round on Friday.
Lisowski said: “I was struggling early on in the match, I didn’t sleep well last night. “I woke up in bad mood. I was hanging on and needed three frames to get going. If you try too hard at snooker it has an adverse effect and you get even worse. At 3-0 down I just thought that if I lost it would still be a good week. I tried to dig in.
“Mark Williams is one of the best players ever, it was cool to see him and John Higgins in the world final this year. It will be a good experience tomorrow to play him. It’s good for my game that I am putting myself in these positions and hopefully I can learn from it.”