MARK Davis will have to qualify for next month’s World Championship after a superb comeback from man of the moment Jack Lisowski put him out of the China Open.
The Sussex potter will be the ‘unlucky’ 16th seed when World Snooker revise the provisional seedings list at the end of the month.
In normal circumstances the top 16 provisionally seeded players gain an automatic first round place at the Crucible . But this year is slightly different after defending world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan , who has had a five month break away from the sport, announced he would return to the baize for the famous Sheffield event.
Traditionally in the World Championship the defending champion is the top seeded player in the draw – meaning O’Sullivan was secure of a spot despite being outside the top 16. This meant only the top 15 players in the provisional rankings could secure a first round spot in this year’s event.
And Davis was the man to have fallen short after he squandered a 4-2 lead against the promising 21-year-old who continued his emergence after beating Judd Trump in the first round.
Just one frame away from getting a vital win, Davis was stopped in his tracks by the impressive youngster who rallied with breaks of 80, 70 and 81 to reel off the final frames and win 5-4.
Victory for Lisowski put him through to his first quarter-final of a major ranking event since becoming a professional as his promising talent lit up the competition once again.
The world number 42 will play Shaun Murphy for a place in the semi-finals after the former world champion beat Rory McLeod 5-3.
Mark Selby climbed his way back to number one in the provisional seedings with a 5-2 win over Ricky Walden. And the UK and Masters champion will next face Welshman Mark Williams who came back from 4-2 down to beat Ali Carter in their second round clash.
Neil Robertson showed a signal intent when he cruised to the last eight with an impressive 5-1 win over World Open champion Mark Allen.
The Australian will meet Marcus Campbell who followed up his first round win over Peter Ebdon by knocking out another former world champion in Graeme Dott winning a close match 5-4.
Elsewhere, last year’s China Open runner-up Stephen Maguire kept his hopes of going one further this year with a 5-1 win over Barry Hawkins. The Glaswegian will meet Stuart Bingham on Friday who battled to a 5-3 win over Robert Milkins.
China Open 2013 – Quarter-Finals line-up:
Marcus CAMPBELL vs Neil ROBERTSON
Stephen MAGUIRE vs Stuart BINGHAM
Jack LISOWSKI vs Shaun MURPHY
Mark WILLIAMS vs Mark SELBY