World quantity 120 Ben Hancorn stunningly topped Group I, with World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan bowing out, on the WST Professional Sequence in Milton Keynes.
English Newbie Champion Hancorn, who gained his skilled standing initially of this season, misplaced his opening match 2-1 in opposition to Tom Ford. Nonetheless, from there the 38-year-old launched into a six-game profitable streak to safe his place within the subsequent section.
Hancorn scored a 2-1 victory in opposition to 37-time rating occasion winner O’Sullivan in his following sport and added additional wins over Jamie Wilson, David Lilley, Chen Zifan and Mark Joyce to seal a spot within the prime two heading into his closing match. Hancorn confronted Lyu Haotian, who was additionally assured of development, profitable 2-0 to safe prime spot.
It was an unfruitful day for Crucible king O’Sullivan, who didn’t string collectively the required outcomes, solely managing two wins from his seven matches. The Rocket did register an eventful win over Joyce. After falling a body behind as a consequence of arriving late, he fired in breaks of 98, 48 and 50 to win 2-1 in a match which lasted simply 13 minutes and 56 seconds.
Each Hancorn and Lyu will now be a part of Mark Williams, Ali Carter, Louis Heathcote, James Cahill and Sunny Akani in Group 1 of the second section on Wednesday.
Hancorn mentioned: “It didn’t go effectively in my first match, I misplaced 2-1 and I believed right here we go once more. Then I performed Ronnie and what can I say, I used to be so pleased with that match and the way I performed. The strain is unbelievable. I’ve by no means skilled something prefer it. Holding it collectively stood me in good stead for the remainder of the day. It’s superb what one match can do, it could actually flip any participant round.
“I began the season okay, I received a few matches. I believed that it will take a little bit of time to mattress in and get used to the state of affairs. Then I went on a run the place I used to be struggling to win frames, not to mention matches. The format of this occasion suited me, it’s fast and it is just better of three. Something can occur and I’m simply glad to return out on prime.”
Part one concludes on Tuesday from 10am with world primary Judd Trump among the many gamers in motion.
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