Jimmy White and Igor Figueiredo accomplished the quarter-final line-up on the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship following their victories on the Crucible Theatre on Friday evening.
Defending champion White stays on target for an unprecedented third consecutive World Seniors Championship title – and fourth general – following a 3-0 win over buddy Tony Knowles.
The Whirlwind claimed a scrappy opening body earlier than discovering his rhythm within the second, with a break of 72 to double his lead.
It seemed like two-time rating occasion winner and former world quantity two Knowles was going to get on the board on the finish of a protracted third body, however following an in-off, his opponent potted a protracted blue, a difficult pink into the center and the black throughout the highest cushion to seal development.
White is undefeated on the Crucible on this championship along with his profitable streak now stretched to 9 matches. He’ll face Darren Morgan on Saturday, in a rerun of the 2019 closing.
“It was a little bit of a battle there however I believe the joy will get to us previous boys after we come to the Crucible. Generally it’s laborious to cool down however I used to be happy to get a protracted blue in the long run and end it off” stated White to Rob Walker after the competition.
“We each missed just a few balls. I’ve recognized Tony for thus a few years; he’s an amazing participant and if he had bought going a bit bit within the first body after I missed so many then possibly it might be a special story however I’m happy to get via.”
Figueiredo made historical past along with his look by turning into the primary South American to play a aggressive match at snooker’s most iconic venue.
The Brazilian, who narrowly missed out on qualifying for the skilled occasion right here final month, eradicated 1991 World Champion John Parrott 3-0.
Figueiredo settled himself by taking the opening body, and after each gamers handed up good alternatives in body two, he potted a protracted purple and cleared up with a 39 clearance to maneuver 2-0 forward.
Parrott confirmed glimpses of the expertise that received him 9 world rating titles however he was unable to maintain possession of the desk and his opponent rounded off proceedings with a 41 clearance.
Figueiredo will meet Stephen Hendry within the quarter-finals. Patrick Wallace v Barry Pinches and David Lilley v Ken Doherty are the opposite best-of-seven frames matches on Saturday in Sheffield.