Whirlwind lowers the ball run
Jimmy White scored a great run of 74 in the crucial frame to beat Stuart Bingham 4-2 at the BetVictor Gibraltar Open and to keep hopes for the 2015 Crucible qualifying hanging on a thread.
Bingham now has to win the WST Pro Series and hopes other results have his chance to stay in the top 16 of the world rankings and not make it to six-time Crucible finalist White in World Cup qualifiers in April.
Legendary Cueman White is enjoying a welcome jump in shape this week. The 58-year-old has now reached the last 32 for the first time this season, where he will face Chen Zifan. White had expected an early exit in the first round when he left Joe O'Connor 3-0 but took four breaks over 50 in a row to win 4-3.
Whirlwind hopes to carry its form into next month's World Cup qualifying as it aims for a first trip to the Crucible since 2006.
They shared the first two frames this afternoon before White won the third on the Pink for 2-1. After a break of 63, Bingham restored parity but it was White who moved a frame before the win in the 3-2 win. He then sealed the win with an impressive break of 74.
"I know I play really well. To end a match like this on one visit, that's what you need. I was obviously the second favorite against Bingham," said ten-time ranking event winner White.
“I've done a lot of good practice. I enjoyed it. I've had top players come to play me. My game is there, it only produces it in the heat of battle. Sometimes it gets very difficult and I get frustrated. Fortunately, I'm finished tonight and can go again tomorrow.
"I try to gain confidence wherever I can. If I can get deep into this tournament, it will give me great confidence to go into World Cup qualification."
The Iranian Soheil Vahedi scored a 4-3 defeat against three-time world champion Mark Williams to bolster his hopes for survival for the tour.
Former amateur world champion Vahedi needed a strong end to the campaign to maintain his professional status. He took victory today with a good run of the century of 102 in the playoff.
Former Masters Champion Mark Allen beat 15-year-old Ukrainian Iulian Boiko 4-3, while 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy defeated Luca Brecel 4-1.
Heil 𝑜𝒻 𝒫𝑒𝓇𝓈𝒾𝒶 Soheil Vahedi admits that he has adapted his game over the years.
A conscious approach did the trick today in kicking Mark Williams out of the @BetVictor Gibraltar Open in round two!
The 4: 3 victory was sealed with a century sealed #BVEuroSeries pic.twitter.com/Tz8ubfojhL
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