Fan Zhengyi scored a 4-0 victory over Ashley Hugill in the qualifying round of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open, ending a six-month streak without a win.
China’s Fan won the BetVictor European Masters in February this year with a shock 9-8 defeat of Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final, then lost his next five consecutive matches. So today’s result, highlighted by a break of 68 in the third frame, will come as a relief to the 21-year-old as he booked his place in the final stages in Belfast in October.
Si Jiahui, a quarter-finalist at last week’s BetVictor European Masters, scored a 4-3 success over Anton Kazakov. China’s Si knocked in breaks of 134, 66, 55 and 75.
Hossein Vafaei also top scored with 134 as he beat Mark Davis 4-0, while John Astley edged out Wu Yize 4-3.
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