Mark Williams secured a 4-2 defeat of Neil Robertson to book his place in the quarter-finals of the 888sport European Masters.
The Welshman has been in fine form this season, reaching a semi-final at the Riga Masters and quarter-finals at the China Championship and the Yushan World Open. Robertson, who won the invitational Hong Kong Masters earlier this campaign, will be forced to wait in his quest for a first ranking title in over a year.
The opening portion of the match was hard fought with several tight frames. Both players were locked together at 2-2 when the 18-time ranking event winner Williams took control of the tie. Consecutive runs of 67 and 102 saw the Welshman burst to the finish line.
Stuart Bingham was too strong for local hero Luca Brecel, as he emerged a 4-2 victor to book his place in the last eight.
The 2015 World Champion burst out of the blocks with breaks of 69 and 93 to move 2-0 ahead. However, Brecel was not going to relinquish his place in the event quietly. The Belgian compiled runs of 93 and 72 to restore parity. Brecel’s resistance didn’t last as Bingham controlled the following two frames seal victory.
Mark Selby came through his third deciding frame of the week to battle past an impressive Jack Lisowski 4-3.
The World Champion was set on the back foot for the majority of the tie, as Lisowski adeptly made the most of any opportunities afforded to him. The 26-year-old moved two frames in front thanks to breaks of 57 and 127, before Selby cut his arrears in half with a break of 88 making it 2-1.
They continued to trade frames until Selby hit the front for the first time in final frame to win another nail biting tie. He faces Bingham tomorrow.
Selby said: “Stuart is a former World Champion. It is one of those matches which is a spin of a coin. We just have to go out there and play as well as we can and the best man will win.”
Defending Champion Judd Trump came through an entertaining clash with world number 19 David Gilbert thanks to a 4-2 victory.
The Ace in the Pack has struggled to find his best form so far this week, but looked far more fluent in this afternoon’s clash. Trump got himself over the line with a fine break of 75 in the sixth frame. The win sets up a repeat of the 2011 UK Championship final against Mark Allen.
Trump said: “From what I have seen so far Mark Allen has probably played the best of anyone in the tournament. He has sped up a bit and made a lot of big breaks and looks very good among the balls. He is probably favourite to lift the title. However, there are a lot of good players left in and hopefully I can raise my game tomorrow.”
Allen booked his passage to the last eight with a 4-2 defeat of Leicester’s Ben Woollaston. The Pistol fired in breaks of 110 and 56 on his way to the win.
Anthony McGill came through a late night battle with Mark Davis 4-3. It was after midnight when the Scot finally wrapped up the deciding frame. He faces Zhou Yuelong tomorrow who overcame Peter Lines 4-1. While Cao Yupeng edged out tour rookie Billy Joe Castle 4-3.