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Jack Lisowski – ‘to inspire players would be the dream’

Jack Lisowski produced a scintillating display to beat Shuan Murphy 6-1 and reach the semi-finals of the UK Championship on Friday.

The 31 year-old will feature in the last-four stage of a Triple Crown event for the first time in his career after a superb performance of scoring power.

After taking a dramatic opening frame on a respotted black, Lisowski reeled off the following four with contributions of 105, 127, 123, and 100.

Murphy stopped the rot with a ton of his own to avoid a whitewash, but his younger opponent duly sealed the triumph after a scrappier seventh frame.

“I think that’s how I’d always love to play snooker,” Jack Lisowski told the World Snooker Tour after completing the victory.

“Obviously it’s not possible, but everything was going in today. The white ball was going where I wanted it, the balls were going in the middle of the pockets.”

“I just kept my focus, and when it’s like that the game feels quite easy. I just tried to not think about the centuries and keep focussed.

“People who are watching, if they have kids who think they want to try and do that when they are older, to inspire players would be the dream.

“If some little kids pick up the cue and start playing because of watching that, then it’d be a great feeling.

“It’s easy to try and promote it, but at the end of the day good snooker speaks for itself, and that’s probably why everyone loves Ronnie so much – he produces the best snooker the most regularly.

“You can only talk so much, sometimes you’ve got to pot the balls as well.

“Shaun said some really nice things, he’s a great ambassador for snooker. He was very sporting when he called the foul on himself.

“Win or lose, he’s always very professional. He’s a lovely a guy and what he said to me at the end was really nice as well.

“I honestly couldn’t care less (who I play next), because I know what I’ve got to do. I’ve got to focus and bring my A-game out against whoever it is.

“I haven’t really got to worry about them. If I can play like that, then I’ve got a great chance of winning.”

Lisowski, who has been working with Peter Ebdon this year in attempt to bring his game to the next level, will challenge Mark Allen in the last four.

Northern Ireland Open champion Allen continued his rich vein of form from the 2022/23 campaign so far with a 6-4 defeat of Sam Craigie.

The first clash from Saturday’s semi-finals at the Barbican Centre in York will see Ding Junhui entertain Tom Ford.

The latter matched his previous best run at the UK Championship with a 6-3 victory against Joe Perry, while Ding thrashed world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-0.

Featured photo credit: WST

One Comment

  1. Best performance of the season so far from Lisowski last night. It’s also the best I’ve seen him play. A delight to watch in full flow.

    He’s the eighth player to compile four centuries in a row. Neil Robertson the only player to achieve the feat twice. The likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and Mark Selby have never achieved it.

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