Jimmy White continued his excellent recent form to earn a place in Berlin for the final stages of the BetVictor German Masters, beating Martin Gould 5-2 in the last round of qualifying.
The Whirlwind also qualified for the final stages of the recent UK Championship, coming through four rounds of qualifying. It was the first time since 2010 that White had reached the last 32 of the event. He was afforded a standing ovation when he walked out into the two-table setup in York, but was beaten 6-2 by Ryan Day.
White appeared to have maintained his momentum in the opening round this week, when he defeated Mark Joyce 5-2. The 60-year-old backed that up this afternoon with his 5-2 win over former German Masters winner Gould, making breaks of 63 and 68 during the tie.
Newly crowned UK Champion Mark Allen suffered a shock defeat at the hands of China’s Zhao Jianbo, who scored a 5-0 whitewash victory.
Northern Ireland’s Allen enjoyed a momentous victory at the weekend, beating Ding Junhui 10-7 in the title match to secure a maiden UK crown. However, breaks of 85, 58, 61 and 77 helped Zhao to beat Allen and take the place in Berlin.
World number four Neil Robertson secured his progression with a 5-2 win over Alexander Ursenbacher, while BetVictor European Masters champion Kyren Wilson beat David Lilley 5-0. Wilson knocked in breaks of 119 and 109 in the opening two frames, before strolling to the whitewash win.
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