Trump White
Main News, Ranking

Jimmy White sets up Judd Trump match

Jimmy White and Judd Trump will play each other in the third round of the WST Classic in Leicester.

The Englishmen emerged from their round of 64 ties on Sunday with respective victories against Joe Perry and Wu Yize.

White continued his resurgent campaign with a 4-3 defeat of Perry in which he compiled breaks of 132, two 63s, and a 51.

The ten-time ranking event winner, aged 60, is provisionally in the top 50 in the one-year rankings and among the top four players who will gain a fresh two-year tour card from the list as things stand.

Trump, who boasts five wins from five clashes with White, will also have eyes on the one-year list, albeit for different reasons entirely.

The Masters champion needs to reach the final of the WST Classic in order to give himself an opportunity to break into the top eight in the one-year standings in time to secure qualification for the upcoming Tour Championship in Hull.

Unexpected reverses for Neil Robertson, Mark Williams, and Jack Lisowski mean that all three are out of the running to feature at the Bonus Arena later in March, though.

Robertson, last year’s Tour Championship winner, was denied in a decider by Oliver Lines – a player battling for his own tour survival.

It was a similar outcome in an all-Welsh affair between Williams and Jackson Page, with the latter coming out on top against his mentor in the seventh frame.

Lisowski lost 4-2 to Si Jiahui, ensuring that his last hope of silverware this season will be the World Championship in Sheffield.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, meanwhile, is also out having withdrawn from his scheduled encounter with David Grace after suffering from an elbow injury.

Elsewhere, Gary Wilson and Zhou Yuelong each won to maintain their aspirations of receiving an invite to the lucrative Tour Champs.

Scottish Open champion Wilson beat Yuan Sijun while Northern Ireland Open finalist Zhou defeated Liam Highfield.

A semi-final appearance may prove to be enough for Wilson depending on other results, but Zhou requires what would be a maiden ranking title.

Among the others to advance to the last 32 were Hossein Vafaei, Lyu Haotian, Jamie Jones, and amateur Haydon Pinhey.

On Monday, the second round concludes with the likes of Mark Selby, Mark Allen, Shaun Murphy, and John Higgins back in action.

WST Classic draw (L64)

David Grace w/o Ronnie O’Sullivan
Hammad Miah 3-4 Jamie Jones
Gary Wilson 4-3 Yuan Sijun
Steven Hallworth 2-4 Cao Yupeng
Allan Taylor 0-4 Lukas Kleckers
Elliot Slessor 1-4 Haydon Pinhey
Liam Highfield 2-4 Zhou Yuelong
Jackson Page 4-3 Mark Williams

Judd Trump 4-1 Wu Yize
Joe Perry 3-4 Jimmy White
Jack Lisowski 2-4 Si Jiahui
Ben Mertens 0-4 Pang Junxu
Ben Woollaston 1-4 Hossein Vafaei
Scott Donaldson 4-0 Barry Hawkins
Lyu Haotian 4-1 Joe O’Connor
Oliver Lines 4-3 Neil Robertson

Mark Allen vs Mark Davis
Noppon Saengkham vs Fan Zhengyi
Stuart Bingham vs Matthew Stevens
Anthony McGill vs Martin Gould
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh vs Xu Si
Muhammad Asif vs Ali Carter
Anthony Hamilton vs Matthew Selt
James Cahill vs Shaun Murphy

Kyren Wilson vs Stuart Carrington
Chris Wakelin vs Tian Pengfei
John Higgins vs Mark Joyce
Andrew Pagett vs Jamie Clarke
Jak Jones vs David Gilbert
Robbie Williams vs Robert Milkins
Stephen Maguire vs Daniel Wells
Zhang Anda vs Mark Selby

Featured photo credit: WST

One Comment

  1. Jay Brannon

    The 132 was White’s fourth century of the season. The most he’s made since the 2014/15 campaign.

    Neil Robertson has appeared in three of the first four finals in the Tour Championship, including winning the last two. A big miss.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.