Davis – My finest comeback but
Mark Davis was able to make up a 7-2 deficit and scored a 10-8 win over Jamie Clarke in the final qualifying round of the Betfred World Cup. He booked a 12th trip to the Crucible.
Davis is one of eight players to make it to Judgment Day and to contribute their name to the final draw, which will take place on Thursday at 11 a.m. before the main event on Saturday.
Sussex & # 39; 48-year-old Davis made his first appearance at the Crucible in 1994 and is now returning to the Theater of Dreams after doing what he called the best fight of his 30-year career.
Welshman Clarke, who reached the last 16 in Sheffield last year, was looking for a return as he led 7-2. But Davis then staggered seven frames in a row with top breaks of 54, 60, 68, 70, 76, and 68. Clarke pulled one back to pursue 9-8 just so Davis could beat a seedy 18th frame for the win.
"I can't remember coming back from that deficit in my career, especially against such a good player," said former six-red world champion Davis. "I've played well lately, but I wasn't there in the first session today. I still had hope tonight because I know my game is there. I don't know how the last balls went in. It is crazy how you have to deal with things mentally.
"If someone had said in 1994 that I would still play 27 years later, I would not have believed it." My problem sometimes is that I don't like snooker enough. Matches can be like half a liter of blood. You never know when your last trip to the Crucible will be. I will go there and enjoy. It's a special place. "
Graeme Dott, the 2006 world champion, also hit back hard but was beaten 10-7 by China Tian Pengfei. Pauses of 82, 108, 110, 78, 67, and 114 gave Tian an 8-1 advantage. Dott fought back to 9-7 before Tian won the 17th frame.
Zhou Yuelong, the top ranked player in the qualifying rounds ranked 17th in the world, will not participate in the Crucible as he was beaten 10-7 Liam Highfield.
"I can't wait to get out of there," said Stoke's Highfield, whose only previous appearance at the Crucible was in 2018. "I've put a lot of hard work into it because if you prepare properly and mentally put yourself in a good place." then you have a much better chance. "Highfield, who has Crohn's disease, added," I've come through turmoil and now it's just a matter of extending my career and getting as high in the rankings as possible. "
Jamie Jones, who reached the quarter-finals at the Crucible on his debut in 2012 and last played there in 2018, returned with a 5-10 win over Li Hang. Welshman Jones was suspended from the Pro-Tour in October 2018 for violating the betting rules. He was absent from the circuit for two years before going through Q School in 2020 to regain his card.
The 33-year-old experienced a renaissance this season and in particular reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Open. And now he's back on the biggest snooker stage and meets Li with top runs of 103, 100, 60, 68 and 76.
"The people closest to me have never doubted me," said Jones. "I'm just very happy to be back at the Crucible. I'll do my best as I have time all season. I felt a bit shaky today at the end, the pockets seemed to be closing. I knew what the offer was Price was, but I tried to treat it like any other game. "
Matthew SeltScott Donaldson, who plays what he calls the best snooker of his career, hit 10-3. Breaks of 59, 110, 106, 77, 61 and 135 helped Indian Open Champion Selt make his third Crucible appearance book and the first since 2015.
"I knew how good my game was when I came here," said Selt. “I played well today and finished the game well. My game is the best ever. I can't be sharper. It doesn't decide whether I settle down or feel good because the last two times I've played at the Crucible I've started badly. But to play well and gain trust, I'm really looking forward to next week. I would love to draw John Higgins, it would be a dream for me to play my hero on the biggest stage. "
Kurt Maflin, a quarter-finalist at Crucible last year, secured his return with a 4-10 win over Robert Milkins, highlighted by breaks of 72, 53, 77, 64, 87 and 89.
Lyu Haotian won a Chinese derby against Chang Bingyu with a 10-6 result with top breaks of 50, 77, 100, 53, 131, 114 and 59. Lyu reached the second round in his only previous Crucible appearance in 2018.
In another purely Chinese encounter, he was a former English Open champion Liang Wenbo saw Lu Ning 10-7 with a top break of 130.
Judgment Day continues with eight more games on Wednesday. Click here to view the schedule and here to learn how to watch it live.