Kyren Wilson is the only top-16 ranked player left in the field at the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany as he won a trio of matches on Saturday to reach the last 16.
World number nine Wilson beat Chen Feilong 4-2, Jake Nicholson 4-0 and Liam Highfield 4-0, making a century and seven more breaks over 50 in his three matches. He needs four more wins on Sunday to capture the second ranking title of his career.
Wilson expressed his disappointment that more of snooker’s top stars had not made the trip to Fürth. “It’s a bit of a shame,” he said. “I understand why some players don’t want to come. We’re lucky to have a tour with a lot of events worth a lot of money. So this one is down the pecking order, but it’s a great event, always full with fantastic German fans. It’s fun to play here and sometimes it’s not all about the money.”
His next opponent is Hammad Miah, who beat Jordan Brown 4-2 in the last 32 with a top break of 92.
Jack Lisowski continued his fine start to the season with three wins; in the last 32 he came from 3-2 down to beat Lu Ning 4-3. Billy Castle also recovered a 3-2 deficit to edge out Andrew Higginson 4-3.
Daniel Wells took the last three frames to beat Joe O’Connor 4-3, firing runs of 87, 69 and 53, while veteran Peter Lines top scored with 102 in a 4-2 win over Noppon Saengkham.