Luca Briselle managed to start the quarter-finals of the Scottish Open with confidence. Belgian snooker promised in the shape of his life and ran smoothly through the 1/8 final on Thursday.
In the quarter-finals, where the “Top 9 Frames” were played, he faced Matthew Sylt, No. 29 in the world rankings. A worthwhile card on paper, but Sylt still knocked out Judd Trump in last week’s UK Championships. Brecel has been warned.
Our compatriot started his game well: a break of 92 gave him the first frame. Sylt broke away with a 77-breaker in the second frame and continued with Presell until 3-3.
In the important seventh frame, Prisciel missed his chances and it was Sylt who entered within one frame of the win. Prisil stood with his back against the wall, but then gave Selt pants in an almost identical frame of the same sheet.
Brecel now had momentum on his side and finished that in the crucial ninth frame. Our compatriot continues to storm the sky in snooker undisturbed and joins the semi-finals in Llandudno. In the world rankings, he actually climbed to number 17, another place below the top 16.
In the semi-finals he will meet Anthony McGill, ranked 15th in the world, whom he defeated in York last week. Snooker greats John Higgins and Ronnie O’Sullivan face each other in another semi-final.
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