Wednesday 21 February 2018

Lisowski stuns Selby

Jack Lisowski, pictured, sealed a last-16 clash with Tom Ford at the PTC Grand Finals
Jack Lisowski, pictured, sealed a last-16 clash with Tom Ford at the PTC Grand Finals

Jack Lisowski created a major upset as he defeated world number two Mark Selby 4-3 in the opening round of the PTC Grand Finals in Galway.

There was never more than a frame between Lisowski, ranked 42nd in the world, and Selby as the game went to a decider, the 21-year-old top-scoring with a 96 break in frame five.

That put him 3-2 ahead and, though Selby levelled with a 63 in the next, Lisowski came out on top in a scrappy final frame to seal a last-16 clash with Tom Ford.

Joe Swail hit back from 3-0 down to stun world number six Stephen Maguire by reeling off four frames in a row. Maguire looked set for a comfortable evening's work after rattling in breaks of 89, 56 and 52 to move within one frame of victory but Swail nicked the fourth.

The Scot had a golden opportunity to wrap up the match in the fifth frame but missed a regulation black off the last red and his 43-year-old opponent moved to within one behind.

A break of 69 levelled matters and the Northern Irishman sealed a shock victory after two visits to the table.

Swail will next face compatriot Mark Allen, who thrashed Mark Davis 4-0.

Allen looked in formidable form as he bids to win back-to-back events, having retained his Haikou World Open crown earlier this month.

Neil Robertson was given a scare before he saw off Jamie Burnett 4-2. The 2010 world champion trailed 2-0, but stormed back to take four consecutive frames - the last off a re-spotted black - to progress.

Barry Hawkins breezed past Li Hang 4-0, while Martin Gould crashed out after a 4-2 defeat to lower-ranked Ford.

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