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John Higgins Easily Qualifies for German Masters

The Scot raced through his second qualifying fixture to comfortably book his place at the venue stages.

John Higgins is through to the last 32 of the German Masters after a 5-0 victory over Ashley Hugill on Saturday in Milton Keynes.

The four-time world champion contributed breaks of 70 and 69 as he coasted to the whitewash scoreline.

World number six Higgins is the second-highest ranked qualifier in this season’s edition of the German Masters after reigning champion and top seed Judd Trump.

Fellow top 16 members Stuart Bingham and Jack Lisowski were among the others to advance from the final day of preliminaries for the popular ranking event.

The duo earned respective 5-2 triumphs at the Marshall Arena against Ricky Walden and Brandon Sargeant.

However, Mark Allen became the latest in a string of high-profile casualties when he suffered an unexpected reverse against Chinese rookie Pang Junxu.

Allen couldn’t repeat the form that brought him success in last week’s prestigious Champion of Champions, and his 20 year-old opponent capitalised with breaks of 121, 72, and 52.

Pang’s countrymen Zhou Yuelong and Yuan Sijun progress as well with wins over Peter Devlin and Jimmy Robertson respectively.

Elsewhere, 2016 runner-up Luca Brecel overcame Andrew Higginson and two-time ranking event winner Ryan Day beat Paul Davison.

Irish veteran Fergal O’Brien backed up his defeat of Mark Selby with a 5-1 victory over Simon Lichtenberg, ending the hopes of there being German interest in the tournament.

Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham ousted Ben Woollaston, while Anthony McGill and Michael Holt both bowed out after losing to Joe O’Connor and Stuart Carrington.

The German Masters takes place at the end of January and is scheduled to return to the imposing Tempodrom in Berlin.

Yet, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the calendar, it remains a possibility that the remainder of the tournament could be staged in the UK.

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