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Late-night triumphs, surprises at Scottish open: White and Selby advance amidst dramatic duels

Posted : 13 December 2023

In a thrilling late-night showdown at the Scottish Open in Edinburgh, Jimmy White showcased his enduring skill, securing a hard-fought 4-3 victory over former European Masters champion Jimmy Robertson.


Despite Robertson's impressive breaks of 55 and 78, White demonstrated his resilience, clinching the win on the final black. The six-time world finalist's stellar performance earned him a spot in the last 32, setting the stage for a potential clash with Jamie Jones or Dominic Dale in the quest for a last-16 berth on Thursday.


Mark Selby mirrored White's late-night drama, advancing to the third round with a narrow 4-3 triumph over two-time world finalist Matthew Stevens. Selby, a former Scottish Open winner, closed the match with a break of 64, adding to earlier runs of 115, 64, and 63. His next challenge awaits against Matthew Selt in an evening encounter on Wednesday. The four-time world champion's precision and strategic play proved pivotal in securing his progression in the tournament.


On a contrasting note, former British Open champion Ryan Day faced an early exit, losing 4-3 to world No. 81 Ashley Carty. Day's hopes of qualifying for the prestigious World Grand Prix were dashed as he needed a last-16 run to stay in contention but fell short, leaving him in 42nd place on the one-year list.


The Scottish Open continued to deliver surprises, with emerging talent like Scottish teenager Liam Graham rebounding from disappointment to secure a commendable 4-2 win over Ben Mertens, setting up a last-32 encounter with Sanderson Lam on Wednesday night.


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