The final day of the qualifying event for the World Open takes place at the Guild Hall in Preston on Monday as the players yet to compete for a place in the main draw in China next month get the chance to do so.
We’ve lost some big names already in this competition so those on show on Monday will be eager to avoid shock defeats and the like. Although it is the final day of action we still have players such as Stephen Maguire, Ken Doherty and Ryan Day on show. We have just two sessions of play to enjoy on Monday.
Michael White is the headline name in the morning session and as such he is going to be on one of the live streamed tables. He takes on Harvey Chandler while on the other streamed showing Joe Perry will meet Li Yuan. There are four matches on the outside tables with Ken Doherty playing Simon Lichtenberg, Alan McManus meets Paul Davison, Kurt Maflin goes up against Lu Ning and Alexander Ursenbacher faces Tian Pengfei.
Ryan Day and Stephen Maguire will be the men given the chance to play on the main tables with the Welshman facing Ross Muir and Maguire going up against Adam Stefanow. The other three matches in the qualifying event see Lyu Haotian playing Eden Sharav, Chris Wakelin meeting Craig Steadman and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh going up against Billy Joe Castle.
I’ll finish this qualifying tournament with the one bet which comes with Kurt Maflin as he takes on Lu Ning. Ning finally got back on the tour after three years away when he came through the second Q-School event back in May but his return was greeted with a defeat in Riga Masters qualifying to Joe Perry and I think Maflin could well have too much for him too. Maflin won his Riga qualifier and scored brilliantly in doing so which suggests he is finding the middle of the white after a poor campaign last term.
Maflin smacked in breaks of 133, 94, 88 and 72 in an impressive 4-2 win over Lyu Haotian in the qualifying for Riga and if he scores the same way in this one he will surely have too much for a Ning who really needs to prove himself back at this level having never really done so in the past.
WON – Back K.Maflin (-1.5 frames) to beat L.Ning for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with LeoVegas