World Snooker Champonship: John Higgins beats Jack Lisowski

John Higgins celebrates after beating Jack Lisowski
John Higgins celebrates after beating Jack Lisowski

Four-time winner John Higgins breezed into the World Championship quarter-finals with a session to spare by seeing off Jack Lisowski in a dominant 13-1 victory at the Crucible.

Higgins, who lost to world number one Mark Selby in the final last year, held an 8-0 overnight lead and Lisowski had to wait until the 11th frame to get on the board, courtesy of a 81 break.

However, Higgins stamped his authority in the next with a century before rattling in a tournament-high 146 clearance in the 13th frame en route to victory.

Higgins told worldsnooker.com: "I don’t think I’ve ever won 13-1. It is probably one of my best results. Jack dismantled me 6-2 at the China Open so I was really up for the game. Next season will be big for him, he’ll be competing and winning in big events.

"It was a bit disappointing I didn’t get the position on the black for a 147. There were people in the crowd saying to try and double the black, but I went for the 146 to try and take the high break prize. £10,000 is a lot of money and if I manage to win it it’ll be great. I know there could still be a 147, so I’m not counting my chickens yet!

"I know you try and stay professional and be ruthless, but I feel for him a little as well. A couple of years ago I played Stephen Hendry and lost heavily, it’s the worst feeling in the world. It’s very tough venue when you’re struggling, the harder you try the worst it gets."

The other matches played during Sunday will be completed on Monday.

Ding Junhui is on the verge of victory as he leads Anthony McGill 12-4, Mark Williams holds a 10-6 advantage over Rob Milkins and Judd Trump is level at 8-8 against Ricky Walden.

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