A complete of 128 gamers has lastly been whittled right down to the final eight.
The WST Professional Sequence will crown its inaugural winner on Sunday with eight gamers vying for the title within the closing group in Milton Keynes.
A really forgettable rating event that has taken three weeks to finish – unfold throughout two very long time slots on the calendar – could have its champion by the tip of the twenty first day’s play.
The competitors might have included the best-of-three frames format, however the final result could have been decided within the aftermath of a marathon race moderately than a dash.
Nonetheless, even supposing the shorter matches might have thrown up extra shocks, the ultimate group of the WST Professional Sequence boasts a fairly sturdy forged.
The remaining contenders have already received greater than £10,000 for reaching this stage – relying on the place they positioned of their respective teams from the opening two phases.
Extra prize cash will in fact be on supply on Sunday with the general champion set to obtain an additional £20,000.
World primary Judd Trump is bidding for a sixth rating title of this season, which might match the report he set in the course of the 2019/20 marketing campaign.
The Englishman, who received the Gibraltar Open earlier this month, received six out of his seven matches on Saturday to advance from Group 4 forward of Stuart Bingham.
The pair joins Ali Carter, Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson, Xiao Guodong, Sam Craigie, and Jack Lisowski within the closing eight of the competitors, which can even be performed underneath the round-robin guise.
Trump will clearly be the net betting favorite, but it surely’s troublesome to low cost anybody at this level, and for Lisowski, Xiao, and Craigie it’s a chance to land a maiden piece of rating silverware.
WST Professional Sequence Remaining Group
What’s the WST Professional Sequence?
The format for the WST Professional Sequence is kind of much like that which was utilised for 2 out of the three editions of the Championship League that had been staged throughout 2020.
There are 16 teams comprising eight gamers in every, with a round-robin part figuring out the highest two who will advance to the second group stage.
Eight teams within the first stage already befell in January, whereas the end result from the remaining eight teams shall be decided over the approaching days.
The 32 gamers who progress to stage two shall be cut up into 4 extra teams of eight, with the highest two once more shifting ahead from every to contest the ultimate group.
That remaining set of eight gamers will subsequently battle it out in the identical vogue within the closing Professional Sequence group to turn into the general champion.
There’s a complete event prize fund of £420,500, damaged down in varied methods all through the three group phases.
The winner, nonetheless, stands to gather not less than £30,000 in an occasion that comes with a dash best-of-three frames format all through.
Reside protection shall be accessible by way of an account with a number of on-line bookmakers, in addition to world wide by the Matchroom.Reside streaming service.
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