Julien Leclercq and Mark Davis staged major shocks at BetVictor German Masters qualifying, defeating three-time World Champion Mark Williams and 2019 Crucible king Judd Trump respectively.
Belgian 19-year-old Leclercq produced a fine performance to beat Williams 5-4 and score the biggest win of his fledgling career. He turned professional at the beginning of the season after winning the Q-Tour Playoff. Until now Leclercq’s biggest result dated back to 2021 World Championship qualifying, where he defeated Soheil Vahedi 6-5 in the opening round.
Leclercq held his nerve and composed a break of 61 to get himself over the line in the decider this morning. He now moves one win away from the final stages in Berlin. Next up he faces Louis Heathcote in the final round.
Former English Open finalist Davis also prevailed by a 5-4 scoreline, but he had to stave off a fightback from two-time German Masters winner Trump, who rallied from 4-2 down to force a decider.
Breaks of 85, 93, 69 and 55 helped former English Open runner-up Davis to secure his 4-2 lead. However, it was at that moment 23-time ranking event winner Trump showed his class to turn up the heat. He crafted runs of 127 and 56 to take the tie to a final frame.
Trump had the first chance, but it was Davis who made a break of 72 to win on the pink. He now faces Joe O’Connor for a place in Berlin.
Chris Wakelin earned his Berlin berth with a 5-3 defeat of Ben Woollaston in the final round, while Joe Perry beat Ryan Thomerson 5-1 to qualify.
Scotland’s four-time Crucible king John Higgins defeated Hong Kong’s Marco Fu 5-3 to make the final round. He now plays Daniel Wells in the final round, who beat Michael Judge 5-4.
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