John Higgins denies Jack Lisowski in classic World Snooker Championship quarter-final

April 27, 2022
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John Higgins will face Ronnie O’Sullivan in the semis (Picture: Getty Images)

John Higgins came through an epic World Snooker Championship quarter-final against Jack Lisowski, booking his place in the last four with an epic 13-12 victory.

The superb scrap pushed both men to the limit, with Lisowski going to his second straight 25-frame decider after his huge win over Neil Robertson in the last round.

It was the four-time world champion who held his nerve, though, swooping to pounce on a miss from Jackpot in the final frame and making 72 to secure a place in the semi.

The victory for the Wizard of Wishaw sets up a blockbuster clash with old foe Ronnie O’Sullivan in the semis, starting on Thursday.

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Jack Lisowski will be cursing a fluffed red in the decider (Picture: Getty Images)

Lisowksi took the first frame of the match with a cracking break of 98, but then quickly found himself 3-1 down.

For much of the match it was then a case of Higgins staying ahead but Lisowski keeping very much within touching distance, with the score winding its way past 5-3, 9-7 and 11-9 all in Higgins’ favour.

It was then that Jackpot won three frames on the spin for the first time in the game, though, remarkably taking the lead for the first time since the first frame of the contest to pile the pressure on the Scot.

So often he seems immune to such a feeling, though, and the Wizard of Wishaw stroked in a superb 105 to take the game to a deciding frame.

Lisowski was first in with a chance in the last frame before sending a red a long way wide on 18, allowing the Scot to step in.

As he has done so many times in his superb career, Higgins made the most of it, rolling in a break of 72 to book his meeting with the Rocket.

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