The third day of World Open qualifying takes place throughout the day at the Guild Hall in Preston on Sunday as yet another group of players look to make it into the final stages of the tournament in China next month.
It hasn’t been a week for the big names so far which might make those who are on show on Sunday a little nervous as they approach the match they need to win to make it through to the final stages.
Five matches are up in the morning session with two of them on the streamed tables. They are the ones that see Jack Lisowski taking on the Chinese player Zhang Jiankang while the other game is an all-Chinese tussle between Xiao Guodong and Zhang Yong. Zhou Yuelong is on one of the outside tables when he goes up against Adam Duffy while Gerard Greene meets Elliot Slessor. Martin O’Donnell faces Soheil Vahedi in the other match.
Judd Trump makes his first appearance of the season in the afternoon session. He takes on Kishan Hirani on one of the main tables while on the other Marco Fu meets Chris Totten. Elsewhere there is a good looking back between Jamie Jones and Sam Craigie while Robbie Williams faces Oliver Lines. The other match in the session sees Noppon Saengkham going up against Sean O’Sullivan.
The world number one Mark Selby is in action for the first time this season in the evening session. He will be on one of the streamed tables against Luke Simmonds while Anthony Hamilton faces Rhys Clark on the other one. Mark Joyce takes on Chen Feilong on one of the outside tables while Shootout champion Michael Georgiou faces Jordan Brown on another. Liam Highfield plays Jak Jones in the other match.
Two bets for me over the course of the day. The first of those is on Gerard Greene who takes on Elliot Slessor. Having backed Slessor to see off Marco Fu in the Riga Masters qualifying I watched that match and Slessor wasn’t at the races. It was a really poor performance from him and based on that I like Greene in this match. Greene is a solid player but he was scoring much better last season than he has done in a while and that is no bad combination. Even at 10/11 I think the Northern Irishman is decent value here.
I also like Sam Craigie in his match with Jamie Jones. Jones won his Riga Masters qualifying match 4-0 last week but he didn’t face anything in the German newcomer to the pro scene and so he’ll have his work cut out a lot more here. Craigie received a welcome walkover in the qualifying for Riga so he begins his season in this match and he does so knowing he has a 3-0 head to head advantage over his opponent. Craigie is one of the players I’m expecting to kick on this term and he can begin that here.
Back G.Greene to beat E.Slessor for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with Ladbrokes
VOID – Back S.Craigie to beat J.Jones for a 4/10 stake at 2.30 with Boylesports
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