Lisowski Feeling Blue?…
Qualifier Anthony McGill sunk a terrific long blue and then a pink in a decider to knock out top seed Jack Lisowski on Monday.
McGill, whose best run at the Crucible was in 2015 when he made his debut, clambered over the line in a gripping decider that went right down to the colours.
Lisowski gave away 16 points in fouls unnecessarily in the decider when McGill had put him in a relatively straightforward get out snooker.
The decider was poignant because the two-time ranking event winner was 9 – 6 up on Jack Lisowski but it was Lisowski who clawed his way back to 9 – 9 with a barrage of breaks.
McGill is the second qualifier to make it through to the second round at the Theatre of Dreams along with Norway’s Kurt Maflin.
He told WST after: “When I was standing behind the blue, it was horrible. I didn’t have a safety shot. I had to strike it nice and pure and hope it went in. I hit it sweet as a nut but then I wasn’t sure it it was going to drop, and when it did I was so happy.”
The Scot, ranked 39, added: “I enjoyed the battle. It’s good to be in that arena in a tight match, pitting your wits against one of the top 16. I felt Jack was always on top when we were on the blue, I was just trying not to leave him a pot. I love it here. I was just praying I didn’t lose in the qualifiers because I feel when I get to the Crucible I have a chance of playing well.”
WATCH THE BLUE BELOW HERE…