Robertson Kicks Off Title Defence In Glasgow

Quartet Earn Tour Cards

Daniel Wells, Sydney Wilson, Rhys Clark and Eden Sharav were the four players to come through Q School event one and earn World Snooker Tour cards for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.

England’s Wilson and Scottish duo Clark and Sharav have won a place on the pro circuit for the first time, while Welshman Wells returns for his third spell.

Southend’s 25-year-old Wilson enjoyed a comfortable 4-1 win over China’s Chen Zhe in the final round in Burton on Tuesday morning. He lost the opening frame but then hit back to win four in a row with a top break of 49.

“I was very nervous,” admitted Wilson. “I played solid and concentrated throughout the tournament. Mentally I’ve been strong. There is huge pressure here, the format is cut-throat as your season is judged on two weeks. I feel as if I was meant to do it, and I’ve trusted myself that I would get there. My goal now will be on stay on the tour.”

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Clark, age 20 from Stonehouse near Larkhall, beat veteran Leo Fernandez 4-1. Breaks of 63 and 59 helped Clark build a 3-0 lead, and he sealed victory in frame five with a 31 clearance. The Scot has enjoyed some promising results as an amateur in recent years, including wins over Kurt Maflin and Pankaj Advani at last season’s Indian Open.

Wells was also a 4-1 winner, beating Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher, making a break of 63 in the third frame and a superb 120 in the last. Neath’s 26-year-old Wells, a classmate of Michael White during their school days, came within one frame of qualifying for the Crucible in 2009. He is back on the tour after a year’s absence and hopes to fulfil his potential this time.

Sharav, age 23, edged out Adam Duffy 4-3. He led 3-1 after breaks of 103 and 83, then Duffy recovered to 3-3, before Sharav, who qualified for the International Championship and Indian Open last season as an amateur, won the decider 73-20.

Rhys Clark

Rhys Clark

 

Daniel Wells

Daniel Wells

Sydney Wilson

Sydney Wilson