Nine players won three matches out of three in the qualifying rounds for the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open, BetVictor English Open and BetVictor Scottish Open.
They will be looking forward to a trio of appearances at the BetVictor Home Nations series events over the coming weeks. The nine with a perfect record (world ranking in brackets) are:
David Gilbert (18)
Martin Gould (23)
Tom Ford (24)
Xiao Guodong (32)
Sunny Akani (56)
Chris Wakelin (61)
Oliver Lines (69)
Fergal O’Brien (77)
Xu Si (98)
A further ten players won two out of two matches, with their third held over to the main event:
Gary Wilson (28)
Hossein Vafaei (40)
Luca Brecel (44)
Martin O’Donnell (46)
Jimmy Robertson (48)
Ben Woollaston (52)
Mark King (59)
Steven Hallworth (70)
Allan Taylor (75)
Duane Jones (93)
Across the three events, 63% of matches were won by the higher ranked player. The BetVictor English Open will feature 47 of the world’s top 64 players, while the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open and BetVictor Scottish Open will include 46 apiece.
Highest break of the qualifiers was a 147 from Xiao Guodong in the third of his three wins. That was his first maximum break and the first by a Chinese player since Zhou Yuelong at last season’s Scottish Open.
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh’s 139 and Wakelin’s 137 were the highest breaks in the English and Northern Ireland rounds respectively.
There was notable success for amateur players as six overcame pros to qualify, including Cypriot Michael Georgiou and James Cahill, who won two matches each.
Tickets for all of these events are on sale now:
BetVictor Northern Ireland Open, October 9-17, Waterfront Hall, Belfast – click here for ticket info
BetVictor English Open, November 1-7, Marshall Arena, Stadium MK, Milton Keynes – click here for ticket info
BetVictor Scottish Open, December 6-12, Venue Cymru, Llandudno – click here for ticket info
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