Jak Jones, a Welsh snooker player, has secured his place in the quarterfinals of the Cazoo World Championship with a remarkable 13-7 victory against the sixth-ranked player in the world, Neil Robertson. Ranked 52, Jones is currently experiencing the most successful period of his career, and as he continues his first venture at The Crucible, he has vanquished one of the sport’s elite competitors.
Jones worked his way through the qualification process to get to the tournament’s final rounds, putting Barry Hawkins behind him with a captivating 10-8 result in the Judgment Day battle. He followed that up by routing two-time World Championship runner-up Ali Carter 10-6 in the first round, eventually culminating in his confrontation with Robertson.
Jones’ triumphant performance will bring in a whopping £50,000 in winnings – an increase of almost four times his previous highest career payout of £13,500. Speaking from what people anticipate, he will challenge Mark Allen, who has been the player of the year, in the quarterfinals.
Despite claiming 23 ranking titles in his career, Robertson has had difficulty replicating his championship performance from 2010 at The Crucible. His attempts to come from behind were thwarted by Jones, who had taken a commanding 10-6 lead before the last session.
Jones outdid his adversary, making a 138 total clearance to win the match – the highest of the competition. Speaking after the tournament, “It’s unbelievable how I felt so calm from the start. I didn’t know how I was about to feel while out there. I enjoyed every bit of it”. He added, “Mark is an exceptional player of the season. He played so well.”
On Tuesday at 9 am, Jones and Allen will lock horns in the quarterfinals, creating much anticipation among snooker aficionados everywhere. From the look of things, this tournament is foreseen to be one of the most exemplary contests between two great game players.