Igor Figueiredo and Patrick Wallace are each by means of to Finals Day on the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship after they received their quarter-final matches on the Crucible Theatre this afternoon.
In a conflict of present important tour gamers, Brazilian Figueiredo reproduced the spectacular kind that noticed him almost qualify for the world skilled championship right here final month, as he eradicated Stephen Hendry 4-1 with a string of breaks.
It was King of the Crucible Hendry who held the higher hand early on within the contest, after registering a run of 76 to assert the opening body.
Nonetheless, that was pretty much as good because it bought for the Scot because the South American levelled up with the assistance of 31 and 41 breaks, earlier than actually discovering his scoring groove and taking the lead with an effort of 100 – the third century of this 12 months’s competitors thus far.
Figueiredo broke down on a break of 30 in body 4, however his opponent didn’t capitalise and a returning contribution of 61 put him one away from victory at 3-1.
Together with his again in opposition to the wall, a decided Hendry seemed like decreasing his arrears within the fifth, however ran out of place on 62 and went in-off when making an attempt a difficult pink. A medical Figueiredo subsequently customary the right counter-attack, clearing as much as and together with the black for 68 to assert a 4-1 victory.
The 43-year-old is now only one match away from his second ultimate on the world seniors circuit having been runner-up to Ken Doherty within the 2018 UK Seniors Championship in Hull.
Twenty years on from shedding a tight quarter-final on the Crucible Theatre on the planet skilled championship, Wallace this time completed on the right aspect of a detailed final eight affair on the venue after ousting Barry Pinches 4-2.
The Northern Irishman took a protracted opening body on the pink, and was set fare to increase his lead in body two while on a break of 43, earlier than lacking and having to observe Pinches reply with a cultured 83 clearance which made it 1-1.
Wallace produced efforts of 55 and 59 to retake the lead with body three, though Norwich cueman Pinches squared it once more after a fragmented fourth body.
For the third time within the match Wallace went in entrance with assistance from a vital break of 31, earlier than getting over the road in a nervy sixth body.