World Snooker Championship 2023: John Higgins แชมป์โลก 4 สมัย ทุบ Kyren Wilson
|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 15 April-1 May|
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Four-time world champion John Higgins produced a vintage display to hammer Kyren Wilson 13-2 and secure a World Championship quarter-final berth.
The dominant Scot, 47, powered into an 8-0 lead in the morning session at the Crucible and returned to finish the job for the loss of just two frames.
“I’m over the moon,” said the world number 11, who faces either Mark Selby or Gary Wilson in the last eight.
“I never thought I could beat him with a session to spare.”
Higgins, whose last Crucible triumph came in 2011, began the match in fine style with breaks of 136 and 137, before runs of 57 and 77 established a 4-0 advantage.
Breaks of 134 and 80 helped make it 8-0 before a 128 put the 31-time ranking event winner 10-0 up and on course for a famous whitewash.
England’s Wilson stopped the rot with breaks of 78, 55 and 69, but Higgins finished the job with an 80 break to earn himself a place in a 17th Crucible quarter-final.
“I felt like I could play all day. You don’t always have that feeling here,” Higgins added. “It feels really good to play like that. I’ve felt like that’s been coming.
“It’s a bonus to win and get a day off. It’s really good to win easy early on and conserve energy.”
Wilson lit up this year’s tournament with a maximum 147 break in his comfortable 10-5 first-round win against Ryan Day, but that level of performance was nowhere to be seen against Higgins.
“It’s not like me to lose like that, but it got away from me,” the beaten finalist from 2020 said.
“I’m really disappointed. It’s not easy to lose with a session to spare.”
Meanwhile, China’s Si Jiahui – the world number 80 and lowest ranked player left in the tournament – requires just two frames for victory having established a commanding 11-5 lead over England’s Robert Milkins.
Si won four frames on the spin with a highest break of 71 to lead 10-3 before Milkins responded with breaks of 94 and 57 to reduce his arrears.
But his 20-year-old opponent won the final frame of session with a break of 67 to leave himself on the brink of a place in the last eight on his maiden Crucible appearance.
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