Oliver Szolnoki came from 5-1 down to defeat Shane van Boening 11-5 in the last 16 of the World Pool Championship at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.
The 24-year-old Hungarian, who had practiced with Van Boening prior to travelling to the event, will now face Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz in this eveningâ€™s quarter-finals after the Spaniard beat Naoyuki Oi 11-7.
â€śI started very shaky and made many mistakes,â€ť said Szolnoki. â€śI settled down a little bit but he couldnâ€™t find his break and broke dry many times. I figured out a break that worked so could make break and runs and dominate the racks by playing safety and getting shots from him. I didnâ€™t give him many chances.
â€śI was really happy to play a straight shot on the 9 at the end because I was really nervous, but I left one which I knew I could not miss.â€ť
Sanchez-Ruiz held a 4-0 lead before Oi got on the board in the sessionâ€™s opening TV match, but the Spaniard then extended his lead to 6-1. The Japanese star took the next two to turn up the head on his opponent, who had been fluid in the first half of the match. The pressure of Oiâ€™s fightback showed but ultimately it was Sanchez-Ruiz who progressed with an 11-7 win.
Skyler Woodward defeated Roberto Gomez 11-7, pulling away in the later stages after a tight match had been locked at 7-7. The American will now face Albin Ouschan in the quarter-finals after the Austrian came through a tough quarter-final clash against Mieszko Fortunski 11-8.
Max Lechner will meet David Alcaide in the quarter-finals. Two-time World Pool Masters winner Alcaide beat Americaâ€™s Jeremy Sossei 11-4 while Lechner came past Dutchman Marc Bijsterbosch with an 11-6 win.
The fourth quarter-final will see Polandâ€™s Tomasz Kaplan face Omar Al Shaheen of Kuwait. Kaplan staved off a Dimitri Jungo fightback to beat the Swiss player 11-9, while Al Shaheen had been locked at 8-8 in a tight encounter with Nikos Ekonomopoulos before pulling clear for an 11-8 victory.
The quarter-finals take place from 6pm this evening, before finals day on Thursday sees both semi-finals and the final in a one-table setup with fans back to enjoy the action.
The full draw and brackets for the knockout stages can be found at matchroompool.com, along with live scoring throughout the event.
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