Jack Lisowski performed probably the greatest photographs of the event up to now at an important second as he beat Ali Carter 10-9 in an outstanding match within the opening spherical of the Betfred World Championship.
Lisowski has reached three rating finals this season however misplaced to Judd Trump all 3 times.
Within the first match of the occasion up to now to go to a nineteenth body, Lisowski potted a wonderful lengthy crimson early within the decider, judging place completely to complete on the black. That set him up for a break of 60 which proved sufficient to arrange an enchanting second spherical conflict with Neil Robertson.
It was a becoming conclusion to a top quality match, although Carter was aggravated to have missed vital possibilities from 8-6 forward.
Surprisingly it’s only the second match Lisowski has received on the Crucible – he reached the second spherical in 2018 then misplaced within the first spherical to Carter in 2019 and suffered a merciless 10-9 defeat towards Anthony McGill final 12 months. As we speak’s victory is a large increase to the 29-year-old’s self-belief.
Carter trailed 5-4 in a single day however received the primary two frames in the present day to take the lead. Lisowski made it 6-6 and would have taken body 13 if he had potted the ultimate brown to a baulk nook, however missed a difficult pot and Carter punished him.
After the interval, Carter’s run of 72 put him 8-6 up, and he was on the right track to win body 15 till he missed a crimson to a centre pocket on 52. Lisowski’s glorious 77 clearance turned the tide.
One other miss to centre, this time on the blue on 28, proved expensive once more for Carter within the sixteenth as Lisowski made 52 for 8-8. Body 17 got here all the way down to a security battle on the final crimson, and Carter, main 56-30, executed a intelligent cross-double to a baulk nook which set him as much as edge again in entrance at 9-8. Lisowski hit again with a run of 82 to arrange the decider.
First probability went to Carter however he potted only one crimson earlier than lacking a clumsy blue. Lisowski’s large crimson gave him his alternative and his run of 60 put him in management. Carter had one half-chance to counter however scored simply 7 earlier than failing on a troublesome pink, and the elbow-bump quickly adopted.