• China Open

Sizzling Lisowski stuns Trump in China

ESPN staff
March 26, 2013
John Higgins is on his way home from China © Getty Images

Jack Lisowski's talent came to the surface as he produced a sizzling display to topple world No. 1 Judd Trump at the China Open.

Lisowski's talent is not in doubt, but he has often failed to deliver in match situations. But it all clicked in Beijing as he proved too strong for his good friend.

The 21-year-old set the tone early with a sizzling break to move ahead, but Trump levelled with a 58.

It was all Lisowski in the third as he knocked in a supreme 131. The first scrappy frame of the match came in the fourth, with Trump edging it after putting his opponent in trouble with a clever snooker.

Trump took the fifth to edge ahead for the first time in the match despite being put off by the flash of a spectator's camera phone. Lisowski regrouped to level and then knocked in an 80 to move within one frame of victory.

It was all about nerve in the eighth frame and Lisowski kept things together by taking it with a single visit, a superb 94, to book his place in the second round.

There was a shock earlier on Tuesday as Robert Milkins won a deciding frame to beat John Higgins 5-4.

Higgins started confidently and eased into a two-frame lead, but Milking took a strappy third to get on the board. Higgins led 3-1 at the interval but Milkins won the first two frames upon the resumption to draw level.

Four-time world champion Higgins looked the more fluent in the balls and he highlighted that with a 116 to move 4-3 ahead. But Milkins proved his fighting skills as he won the final two frames of the match to claim victory despite failing to make any break of note.

During the eighth frame, Milkins threw his cue on to the floor and he said: "It was just pure frustration. I've been playing so badly it's unbelievable, I don't feel like a professional at the moment. Sometimes we let our emotions out. Maybe I shouldn't have done it so I apologise to John but it hurts me when I play like that."

Marcus Campbell was another player to win the final two frames as he claimed a 5-3 win over former world champion and defending champion Peter Ebdon.

Shaun Murphy was not at his sizzling best, but he still had too much class for Andrew Higginson, winning, 5-3, while Rory McLeod eased to a 5-2 win over Matthew Stevens.

Ali Carter claimed a 5-2 win over Zhao Xintong and Dechawat Poomjaeng was a 5-2 winner over Zhu Yinghui.

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