CASEY Gallagher, Lisa Ashton, Wayne Warren and Adam Smith-Neale are all safely through to the next round of the Winmau Word Masters.
Gallagher kicked off the action with an outstanding performance against 2017 Winmau World Master Lorraine Winstanley, beating the number one seed in straight sets. She will face Anastasia Dobromyslova, who beat England’s Sue Gulliver 4-1 in the second ladies match of the day.
Wednesday’s World Professional qualifier, Mikuru Suzuki fought valiantly against the experienced Deta Hedman, but was pipped at the post in an exciting last leg decider. Hedman will face ‘The Lancashire Rose’, Lisa Ashton; Ashton had a storming match against Australia’s Corrine Hammond, winning 4-1 with a 92.04 average.
First through to the last 8 of the Men’s Winmau World Masters was number one seed, Glen Durrant. Duzza made short work of despatching Gary Stone, winning in straight sets with a 97.18 average. Belgium’s Mario Vandenbogaerde, despite having a more superior average, fell victim to Gary Robson, who won 3 sets to 1. Scott Mitchell quickly found himself two sets down to Holland’s Willem Mandigers, but came back to win 3-2 and secure himself a last 8 clash with David Copley. Copley beat Durham’s ‘Rock Steady’ Eddie Mordica 3-1.
Jim Williams was in top form as he knocked out Richard Veenstra 3-1, whilst Surrey’s Dave Parletti went down to Scott Waites by the same scoreline in the sixth men’s match of the session. Michael Unterbuchner, despite registering a 101 average, lost in straight sets to Welsh International Wayne Warren. Warren will face Adam Smith-Neale, who found himself in a tough battle against the 2017 runner-up Mark McGeeney. Smith-Neale registered a 90.92 average, and took the final last 8 spot with a 3-2 win over the number two seed.