Wuhan Open Snooker: John Higgins continues to blister to qualify; Jimmy White and Hossein Wafai make early exits

Four-time world champion John Higgins picked up where he left off at the European Masters with a 5-1 win over Dylan Emery to qualify for next month’s Wuhan Open.

Higgins reached the semi-finals in Nuremberg last month, losing 6-5 to Jude Trump, but scores of 61, 92, 115 and 57 helped the Welshman ease past the talented Emery. Morningside Arena in Leicester.

But six-time world finalist Jimmy White lost 5-1 to Liam Highfield and won the 59th in the final four frames to improve by breaks of 66 and 104.

Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s three-time ranking event winner Marco Fu eased past Iran’s world number 17 Hossein Vafey 5-4.

The pair traded frames with Wafe, who never took the lead in the match, making 52, 77, 53 and 66 and Fu with a 55 and a final 86 to win.

World number 20 Ricky Walton also exited after losing 5-3 to world number 112 Ian Burns.

Wuhan Open (October 9-15 live on Eurosport and Discovery+It will be the first ranking event held in mainland China since Trump won the World Open in November 2019.

China will also host the Shanghai Masters, the International Championships and the World Open this season.

Wuhan Open Qualification Latest Results

  • John Higgins 5-1 Dylan Emery
  • Liam Highfield 5-1 Jimmy White
  • Marco Foo 5-4 Hossein Vafei
  • Sam Craigie 5-1 Peng Yizong
  • Mark Davies 5-1 Liam Graham
  • Jordan Brown 5-1 Himanshu Jain
  • Michael White 5-3 Andrew Paget
  • Ian Burns 5-3 Ricky Walton
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