Three-time champion Mark Williams produced some of the best form of his career to compile six centuries and eight more 50-plus breaks to defeat protege Jackson Page at the Crucible, while Judd Trump beat Iranian qualifier Hossein Vafaei.
Last update: 04/22/22 1:48 p.m.
Mark Williams reached the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship, while Iranian qualifier Hossein Vafaei was knocked out by Judd Trump.
Williams won with a session to spare after claiming a dominating 13-3 victory over fellow Welshman and protege Jackson Page, while Trump vowed his best is yet to come despite cruising in the second round with a 10-4 win over Vafaei.
Three-time champion Williams produced some of the best form of his career to compile six centuries and eight more 50-plus breaks as he stale Friday night’s scheduled closing session.
Resuming with a 7-1 advantage overnight, Williams continued to show no mercy to 20-year-old Page, who trains at Williams’ club in Tredegar and whom he considers a close friend.
Williams was ruthless to book a last-eight encounter with either Mark Selby or Yan Bingtao.
The emphatic nature of Trump’s win belied an uneven performance from the 2019 champion, who arrived at the Crucible following a relatively low-key campaign that yielded a solitary ranked title.
But Trump, 32, said he was not concerned about his slow start to the tournament and believed he was capable of stepping up when he faced former semi-finalist Anthony McGill at the second round next week.
“I never play well in the first round here, but normally something clicks as the tournament goes on,” Trump said.
“There were too many easy mistakes and I don’t feel comfortable playing there. I just don’t feel like I’m going to clear myself every time – that mentality doesn’t is not there.
“But the games are so long here that everything can change. It gives me the chance to not play well one day, and the next game I will play my best. It’s difficult for me to play well every time. “
Previously, Thailand Noppon Saengkham picked up a 10-5 victory over 11th seed Luca Brecel to reach the second round at the Crucible for the second time.
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