Jak Jones sends Ali Carter crashing out at The Crucible as Robertson and Brecel enjoy landmark wins
Jak Jones enjoyed a dream debut win over Ali Carter at the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, while Neil Robertson and Luca Brecel created a slice of personal history.
Jones, who had to win three qualifying matches to reach The Crucible for the first time, led Carter 5-4 following their first session on Saturday.
The Welshman began the second session in style by registering his first century break at the sport’s spiritual home, before Carter hit back immediately with a break of 91.
The pair exchanged the next two frames with breaks of 64 and 69, but it was the qualifier who assumed control from that point onwards, reeling off three without reply to seal a memorable victory.
The world number 52 will now face Neil Robertson in the Last 16 after the 2010 World Champion stormed to a 10-3 rout of teenage talent Wu Yize.
Robertson held a 6-3 lead following a high quality first session, and wasted no time in extending that advantage thanks to a break of 100.
The Australian then compiled only the fifth 146 break in the history of the tournament before adding a run of 58 to move within a frame of victory.
Remarkably, Robertson added a second 146 break in the space of three frames to close out the win in style, becoming the first player ever to craft two 146 breaks in a single match.
“It’s the best I have played here for sure,” Robertson told BBC Sport.
“What let me down last year is I was probably a bit too open and naïve. I made it very hard for him and didn’t give him any easy chances through a poor shot or reckless safety. This year the mindset is perfect.
“He earned all his chances and for a debut he made two tons and an 82 and he hardly did anything wrong.
“My preparation coming in has been the best it’s ever been. I’ve been practising multiple times every day because you have to be ready to play well in the morning, afternoon and evening. There is going to be no stone unturned this year.”
Elsewhere, Luca Brecel made it sixth time lucky in Sheffield as he edged out Ricky Walden in a last-frame decider to record his first win at the World Championship.
Brecel, who made his debut in 2012, took a commanding 6-3 lead in to the second session, but saw Walden seal the first two frames on Sunday to close the gap.
Successive breaks of 55 and 84 restored the Belgian’s three-frame buffer at 8-5, and after Walden had made a 69 break, Brecel clinched frame 15 to move within one of the winning line.
Walden, however, piled on the pressure with three consecutive frames, including a break of 91, to force the first decider of the tournament, but it was Brecel who held firm to produce a timely 84 break for a landmark triumph.
Earlier in the day, Stuart Bingham had pressed home a 6-3 advantage to wrap up a 10-4 rout of former semi-finalist David Gilbert.
Gilbert won the opening frame of the session, but 2015 World Champion Bingham replied with breaks of 54, 55, 59 and 98 to seal a comprehensive victory.
Ding Junhui established a slender 5-4 overnight lead against Hossein Vafaei with breaks of 56, 72, 134 and 68 to his name, while Jimmy Robertson leads three-time World Champion Mark Williams by the same scoreline despite high breaks of 69, 77 and 118 from the Welsh veteran.
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World Snooker Championship 2023 Day Two Results
*Indicates final session
Sunday April 16
Ding Junhui (5-4) Hossein Vafaei
Stuart Bingham 10-4 David Gilbert
Mark Williams (4-5) Jimmy Robertson
Neil Robertson 10-3 Wu Yize
Luca Brecel 10-9 Ricky Walden
Ali Carter 6-10 Jak Jones
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