Gifted teenager Jackson Web page earned a brand new two-year tour card by beating Michael Georgiou 4-1 within the ultimate spherical of Q College occasion one in Sheffield.
Web page has reached the final 16 of three rating occasions
Welsh 19-year-old Web page turned professional in 2019 then suffered relegation on the finish of final season. The participant from Ebbw Vale, who’s mentored by three-time World Champion Mark Williams, now has one other likelihood to show his potential.
He’s certainly one of 4 winners from Q College occasion one who will obtain a card for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons to compete on snooker’s world circuit.
Web page wanted simply 73 minutes to finish the problem of Cypriot Georgiou. A break of 89 gave him the opening body, and he took the second by clearing from brown to black, earlier than making an 81 within the third for 3-0. Georgiou pulled one again however Web page made a 56 in body 5 as he secured the end result.
“I struggled by the early rounds however improved because the occasion went on and performed nicely immediately,” stated Web page. “My sport is bettering all the time. My security nonetheless must get higher and my break-building has at all times been my power. Over the past two years I’ve discovered what you should do to get to the highest. It’s all about consistency, I’ve to carry out regularly.”
All 4 gamers incomes tour playing cards from occasion one have been relegated on the finish of final season and have earned an instantaneous return.
China’s Yuan Sijun scored a 4-2 win over Mitchell Mann. Yuan went 3-0 up with a prime break of 46, then Mann battled his method again to 3-2 and led 49-0 in body six. However 21-year-old Yuan compiled runs of 42 and 23 to grab the body and clinch his card.
Yuan first turned professional in 2017 and confirmed his expertise with runs to the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix and semi-finals of the Gibraltar Open in 2019. On the time he was described by Stephen Hendry as “probably the greatest children I’ve seen for the reason that likes of Ding Junhui, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Williams or John Higgins turned professional.” A lack of kind over the previous two seasons noticed Yuan drop down the rankings however he now has a recent begin.
Peter Traces, who first turned professional again in 1991, prolonged his profession for 2 extra years with a 4-2 win over Ian Burns, highlighted by a break of 55. On the age of 51, Yorkshireman Traces would be the oldest professional participant apart from Nigel Bond who doesn’t have an invitational tour card.
“I got here right here with no expectations as a result of my confidence was low, however I’ve acquired my act collectively right here and I’m delighted to get by,” stated Traces. “I simply need to take pleasure in being on the circuit as a lot as I can, as a result of I’ve liked snooker since I began at 14. It’s nice to be with your pals on tour and do one thing that you simply love.
“I’d wish to say due to all of my family and friends as a result of it has been a troublesome time for me and (son) Oliver. A particular due to a participant referred to as Patrick Whelan who I practise with. He gave me a ticking off about my angle, I hadn’t realised till then how unhealthy my angle was. If he hadn’t pointed that out I wouldn’t have gotten by Q College, it actually helped me.”
The attracts at Q College have been seeded for the primary time this yr, with gamers who had simply been relegated seeded highest, adopted by those that carried out nicely in Q College final yr. Traces believes that innovation was a hit. “It has evened out the sections of the draw so the great gamers are unfold out,” he stated. “It made issues fairer, somewhat having numerous good gamers in a single part, so it labored nicely.”
Glasgow’s Fraser Patrick took the fourth and final tour card with a 4-1 victory over China’s Bai Langning, closing out the end result with a run of 95 in body 5. Patrick, age 35, first turned professional in 2007.
“Once I seemed on the names at first, I felt this could be the toughest ever yr at Q College,” stated Patrick, who has come by the qualifying occasion 3 times. “There have been so many good gamers. To get by on the first likelihood, I’m very relieved.
“I’ve hardly practised for the previous 16 months as a result of the snooker golf equipment have been shut. I’ve been turning as much as tournaments and getting pumped. If I can begin practising now and have extra video games with the likes of John Higgins, Stephen Maguire and Graeme Dott, that can assist me.”
Occasion two will get underway on Wednesday – for the match schedule click on right here