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Ryan Day and Stephen Maguire safely through World Championship Qualifying openers

Jamie Shaw in Qualifiers 15 Apr 2018
Ryan Day plays up a shot (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Ryan Day and Stephen Maguire safely progressed to the second qualifying round of the World Championship following comfortable wins over Igor Figueiredo and Allan Taylor in Sheffield on Saturday.

Day, the highest ranked player in qualifying action who narrowly missed out on an automatic seeding, brushed aside Brazil's Figueiredo for the loss of just two frames.

Twice a ranking event winner this season, Day stormed to eight of the opening nine frames in the first session with high breaks of 100, 64, 66, 70, 90, 107 and 51.

Figueiredo stopped the rot by claiming frame ten after the restart, but only for Day to get back on track before sealing the deal in style with a classy 100 break.

Maguire, the world number 18, produced a dominant second session display to overcome Merseyside's Allan Taylor 10-5.

Maguire trailed 2-0 and was made to work hard for a slender 5-4 lead at the close of the first session but underlined his calibre when the duo resumed as he reeled off five of the next six frames for victory.

Elsewhere, 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon made light work of two-time Crucible semi-finalist James Wattana as he wrapped up a comfortable 10-4 triumph.

Ebdon produced breaks of 62, 66, 81, 63 and 87 in ending the hopes of the Thai veteran two years after defeating him 10-6 at the same stage of qualifying.

Michael White of Wales in action (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Paul Hunter Classic champion Michael White dug deep to edge out China's Niu Zhuang in a dramatic deciding frame as he averted a premature exit at the English Institute of Sport.

White led 5-4 following Friday's first session, and after trailing 6-5 and 9-8, held his nerve to secure a scrappy final two frames and set up a clash with John Astley.

Iran's Hossein Vafaei kept his hopes of a historic Crucible debut alive after a hard-fought 10-8 victory over Stoke's Jamie Cope, while 2016 debutant Mitchell Mann ousted former World Seniors Champion Peter Lines 10-5.

Lines' son Oliver enjoyed contrasting fortunes as he came from behind to defeat wildcard Harvey Chandler 10-6, while former UK Championship semi-finalist David Grace bolstered his hopes of tour survival with a crucial 10-6 win over Wang Yuchen.

Alan McManus, who enjoyed a resurgent run to the Semi-Finals as a qualifier two years ago, began bis latest qualification campaign superbly with a 10-2 rout of fellow Scotsman Rhys Clark.

Jack Lisowski, whose sole Crucible appearance to date came five years ago, brushed aside Christopher Keogan 10-5 with high breaks of 67, 87, 66, 74, 66 and 89.

Former Snooker World Cup winner Zhou Yuelong recorded a 10-1 demolition of Ian Preece with a high break of 126 in the opening frame, while three-time Crucible qualifier Robbie Williams edged out Wales' Jak Jones 10-8.

World Championship Qualifiers 2018 Results


Saturday April 15

Round One

Afternoon Session

Daniel Wells 10-6 Kurt Dunham
Tom Ford 10-2 Leo Fernandez
Liam Highfield 10-3 Chen Zhe
Sam Baird 10-5 Soheil Vahedi
Jimmy Robertson 10-2 Alex Borg
John J Astley 10-1 Marvin Lim
Michael White 10-9 Niu Zhuang
Noppon Saengkham 10-1 Chen Zifan
Hossein Vafaei 10-8 Jamie Cope
Hammad Miah 10-9 Jordan Brown

Evening Session
Ryan Day 10-2 Igor Figueiredo
Mitchell Mann 10-5 Peter Lines
Robbie Williams 10-8 Jak Jones
Peter Ebdon 10-4 James Wattana
Zhou Yuelong 10-1 Ian Preece
Yu De Lu 10-8 Sean O'Sullivan
Jack Lisowski 10-4 Christopher Keogan
David Grace 10-6 Wang Yuchen
Alan McManus 10-2 Rhys Clark
Oliver Lines 10-6 Harvey Chandler
Stephen Maguire 10-5 Allan Taylor


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