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Graeme Dott edges through in qualifiers

Graeme Dott fought back from behind to beat Zhang Anda 4-3 in the British Open qualifiers on Wednesday.

After taking the opening frame, Dott was consigned to his seat as his opponent reeled off a brilliant brace of century breaks.

But the 2006 world champion restored parity in the fourth frame and regained the lead in the next with a run of 83.

Zhang managed to force a deciding frame, but Dott sealed his place at the venue stages of next month’s British Open with a 71 contribution.

Chris Wakelin also advanced after a 4-3 thriller, but in significantly different circumstances.

The Snooker Shoot Out champion found himself 3-0 behind against Welshman Andrew Pagett.

Yet Wakelin clawed his way back into the contest and won the remaining four frames to stay alive in the competition.

Elsewhere, women’s world champion Baipat Siripaporn won her first frame as a professional player.

But despite losing the opening frame, Liu Hongyu prevailed from a scrappy affair to emerge as a 4-1 winner.

That was the same scoreline which Anthony Hamilton, Tian Pengfei, Yuan Sijun, and Andy Hicks registered against their respective opposition.

Rod Lawler was the last winner on day three at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, the veteran overcoming Sam Craigie 4-2.

On Thursday, the British Open qualifiers continue with Hossein Vafaei and last weekend’s US Women’s Open champion Mink Nutcharut among those featuring.

There is live coverage in the UK on WST’s Facebook channel, in Europe on discovery+, and in other territories outside China on Matchroom.Live.

The top 16 seeds in the random-draw British Open have their fixtures held over to the venue stages in September.

British Open qualifiers schedule

Monday, August 14th

Lukas Kleckers 1-4 Si Jiahui
Ma Hailong 4-2 Ian Burns

Manasawin Phetmalaikul 1-4 Ishpreet Singh
Stephen Hendry 2-4 Muhammad Asif

James Cahill 1-4 Tom Ford
Louis Heathcote 2-4 Ben Mertens

Alfie Burden 2-4 Ken Doherty
Fergal O’Brien 4-1 Andres Petrov

Tuesday, August 15th

Hammad Miah 4-3 Zhou Yuelong
Robbie Williams 4-0 Pang Junxu

Oliver Brown 4-3 Himanshu Jain
Xu Si 4-0 Ricky Walden

Dominic Dale 4-1 Mark Joyce
Liam Pullen 0-4 Oliver Lines

Jenson Kendrick 1-4 David Grace
Adam Duffy 1-4 Scott Donaldson

Wednesday, August 16th

Graeme Dott 4-3 Zhang Anda
Baipat Siripaporn 1-4 Liu Hongyu

Rory McLeod 1-4 Tian Pengfei
Dylan Emery 1-4 Yuan Sijun

Andrew Higginson 1-4 Andy Hicks
Chris Wakelin 4-3 Andrew Pagett

Rod Lawler 4-2 Sam Craigie
Anthony Hamilton 4-1 Aaron Hill

Thursday, August 17th

Mohamed Ibrahim 4-3 Mink Nutcharut
Liam Graham 4-3 Cao Yupeng

Elliot Slessor 2-4 He Guoqiang
Andy Lee 1-4 Hossein Vafaei

David Gilbert 4-1 Ryan Thomerson
Jackson Page 2-4 Ashley Carty

Stuart Carrington 3-4 Ross Muir
Ashley Hugill 4-2 Jak Jones

Friday, August 18th

David Lilley 1-4 Lyu Haotian
Thor Chuan Leong 4-1 Alexander Ursenbacher

Wu Yize 4-2 Martin Gould
Noppon Saengkham 4-1 Xing Zihao

Victor Sarkis 0-4 Matthew Stevens
Jordan Brown 3-4 Daniel Wells

Joe Perry 2-4 Sanderson Lam
Michael White 2-4 Zak Surety

Saturday, August 19th

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-0 Reanne Evans
Mark Davis 3-4 Fan Zhengyi

Xiao Guodong 4-2 Marco Fu
Jamie Jones 4-0 Mostafa Dorgham

Stuart Bingham 4-0 John Astley
Matthew Selt 4-0 Liam Highfield

Julien Leclercq 4-2 Dean Young
Stephen Maguire 4-0 Jimmy White

Held over fixtures
(to be played in Cheltenham)

Monday, September 25th

Ryan Day vs Sean O’Sullivan
Luca Brecel vs Ding Junhui
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Jimmy Robertson
Mark Allen vs Anthony McGill
Judd Trump vs Anton Kazakov
Mark Selby vs Ben Woollaston
Neil Robertson vs Jamie Clarke
Shaun Murphy vs Rebecca Kenna
Kyren Wilson vs Martin O’Donnell
Mark Williams vs Peng Yisong
John Higgins vs Long Zehuang
Ali Carter vs Allan Taylor
Robert Milkins vs Jiang Jun
Jack Lisowski vs Joe O’Connor
Gary Wilson vs Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Barry Hawkins vs Stan Moody

Featured photo credit: World Snooker Tour

One Comment

  1. Robert Turner

    What happened to Scott Donaldson after beating A Duffy

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