Jack Lisowski is in the form of his life and his superb start to the season has continued in this week’s World Open.
After reaching the final of the Riga Masters less than a fortnight ago, Lisowski has now assured his place in the Last 16 of the £150,000 jackpot ranking event after some dominant displays.
The latest of them wins was an impressive 5-1 win over Masters champion Mark Allen, which showed Lisowski certainly means business in Yushan.
Breaks of 67, 77 and 71 saw the Gloucestershire born star blitz the two-times World Open winner who, apart from making a break of 85 in frame two, could only score a total of 21 points for the remainder of the match.
This is possibly another encouraging sign to suggest that Lisowski – currently ranked 24 in the world – has the ability to break into the world’s top 16 for the first time sooner rather than later.
Another stern test awaits him on Thursday when he will play this year’s World Championship semi-finalist Kyren Wilson for a place in the quarter-finals.
Lisowski shone on a day when some big names did the opposite and were forced to pack their bags and return home.
One of those stars was defending champion Ding Junhui who can now fully concentrate on becoming a father for the first time after losing out 5-4 to Robert Milkins.
It was also a bad day for world number 5 Judd Trump who lost 5-3 to former China Open finalist Gary Wilson while Neil Robertson’s winning run, which included winning the Riga Masters, came to an end after he fell to a 5-3 loss to Ricky Walden..
World number one Mark Selby is still in the hunt, though, after beating Welshman Jamie Jones 5-2.
And world champion Mark Williams made breaks of 73, 60, 62 and 52 in a 5-2 win over Ben Woollaston and Marco Fu came through a thrilling encounter against Andrew Higginson winning 5-4.
World Open 2018 – Last 16 Draw
Robert Milkins vs Marco Fu
David Gilbert vs Ricky Walden
Barry Hawkins vs Matthew Selt
Fergal O’Brien vs Gary Wilson
Mark Selby vs Noppon Saengkham
Xiao Guodong vs Anthony Hamilton
Kyren Wilson vs Jack Lisowski
Joe Perry vs Mark Williams