Jack Lisowski cruised into the Northern Ireland Open semi-finals with a commanding 5-1 win over Ricky Walden.
It was a clinical performance from Lisowski, who enjoyed a 98% pot success rate and was playing with supreme confidence in Belfast.
It was a case of what might have been for Walden, as he worked his way into some promising openings, but saw his mistakes ruthlessly punished.
The contest enthralled from the start, as Lisowski snatched the opening frame from Walden’s grasp with a timely break of 42, potting the final three colours after Walden missed a costly red.
Walden responded in stunning fashion though, with his 354th career century and his ninth of the season with a sensational break of 132.
Walden agonisingly missed a red along the top cushion to ultimately steer frame three in Lisowski’s favour, and he built up a lead of 50 points with only 35 left on the table.
Once he potted a long red himself, Lisowski restored his advantage.
Walden missed a red to the bottom pocket, which had he potted it, would have left Lisowski needing snookers to tun the frame around.
However, Lisowski would make him rue that miss, clearing up the table for a 128 clearance for his 17th century of the season to go 3-1 up.
Walden then missed a routine pink to the middle pocket in frame five, as Lisowski stepped up and took it after potting the brown and clearing the table in a break of 81, moving one frame away from the last four.
A much cagier fifth frame saw Lisowski’s safety game to the fore, as he set a trap for Walden and subsequently left himself with a nicely spread pack of reds.
He progressed through those with aplomb and finished with a clearance of 73 to wrap up a comprehensive win.
An appearance in the last four awaits, where he will meet either Chris Wakelin or Yuan Sijun in pursuit of a first career ranking title.
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