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Kyren Wilson and Xiao Guodong Continue Progress in Pro Series

The pair joins Ali Carter and Mark Williams in the third and final group stage of the competition.

Kyren Wilson and Xiao Guodong finished with identical records to top Group 2 of the WST Pro Series on Thursday in Milton Keynes.

With win-loss records of five and two, Wilson and Xiao also shared the same frame difference having won 12 and lost six frames throughout the day’s action.

Wilson’s 2-1 victory over Xiao in their round-robin encounter meant that the Kettering cueist finished above him in first place, but it didn’t really matter as both secured their spots in the final phase of the Pro Series.

England’s Ben Woollaston boasted similar stats but crucially lost two additional frames during the day’s play, meaning he placed in third.

Along with Woollaston, Stuart Carrington, Robert Milkins, Shaun Murphy, Zhao Xintong, and Lu Ning were all eliminated from the event.

WST Pro Series Draw: Stage Two

GROUP 1 (March 17th)GROUP 2 (March 18th)
Martin O’DonnellBen Woollaston
Sunny AkaniStuart Carrington
Lyu HaotianRobert Milkins
Louis HeathcoteShaun Murphy
James CahillZhao Xintong
Ben HancornLu Ning
GROUP 3 (March 19th)GROUP 4 (March 20th)
Jack LisowskiJudd Trump
Barry HawkinsMark Selby
Joe PerryStuart Bingham
Luca BrecelZhou Yuelong
Mark DavisRicky Walden
Sam CraigieRyan Day
Luo HonghaoDominic Dale
Fergal O’BrienOliver Lines

What is the WST Pro Series?

The format for the WST Pro Series is quite similar to that which was utilised for two out of the three editions of the Championship League that were staged during 2020.

There are 16 groups comprising eight players in each, with a round-robin phase determining the top two who will advance to the second group stage.

Eight groups in the first stage already took place in January, while the outcome from the remaining eight groups will be determined over the coming days.

The 32 players who progress to stage two will be split into four more groups of eight, with the top two again moving forward from each to contest the final group.

That remaining set of eight players will subsequently battle it out in the same fashion to become the overall champion.

There is a total tournament prize fund of £420,500, broken down in various ways throughout the three group stages.

The winner, however, stands to collect at least £30,000 in an event that incorporates a sprint best-of-three frames format throughout.

Live coverage will be available via an account with several online bookmakers, as well as around the world through the Matchroom.Live streaming service.

Click here to view the full draw (Times in CET)

Featured photo credit: WST

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