Robbie Williams produced a shocker for me yesterday by winning against Poomjaeng, a match in which Robbie seemed to be in the tracker position after he lost first half 1-3, but ended winning a tight 18th frame to close the match 10-8. Two years ago he made his Crucible debut in 2013 by a dramatic 10-9 defeat of Fergal O’Brien which went down to a re-spotted black in the deciding frame. It’s obvious familiar with the tension surrounding this final qualifying round and he clearly will take the chances offered by the opponent.
Holt on the other side progressed to final day with clear wins, 10-3 against Sydney Wilson in first round and 10-2 versus Saengkham yesterday. Maybe he expects to close the season in the same manner he started it, but a minor ranking as an Asian tour can’t be compared with the tensions and the players ambitions from Crucible theatre. Although Holt is familiar with walking to the Crucible as a qualifier, he had no chance against the top 16 players, 4-10 to Allen in 2014, 1-10 to Walden a year before.
Prediction: Holt to advance.
Betting perspectives: none
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