Si Jiahui maintained his impressive form in the World Championship semi-final, as he completely dominated Luca Brecel and extended his lead to 11-5. The Chinese qualifier established control with a stunning 122 break and four frames from the first five.
Si, a 20-year-old, shocked by his own victory at his debut tournament, displayed remarkable maturity that was not befitting of his age, concluding his round with 55 and 71 runs and resulting in an uproar of admiration as he exited the hall. Meanwhile, Brecel was unable to gain momentum and was only able to compile a single 50-point break during the round.
Si put on an exemplary display in the session, exhibiting great poise and punishing any missteps by his opponent. Boasting a stellar pot success rate of 94%, it’s no wonder why Si cannot be discounted and has the potential to surpass Stephen Hendry’s record for the youngest champion in 1990. Should Si triumph in the tournament, he will skyrocket from 80th to fifth in the world rankings.
Belgian Brecel was widely expected to succeed in the quarter-finals after beating Ronnie O’Sullivan, a seven-time champion. Now he faces an uphill battle to finish the best-of-33 encounter by the end of today’s session. It was a frustrating session for Luca Brecel, who was told to calm down by the referee for swiping the white off the table with his cue when conceding the opening frame.
In addition to Si’s impressive display, his composure under pressure and his ability to capitalize on Brecel’s mistakes made for a captivating match. This made the audience to be on the edge of their seats throughout the session. It is a good sign that he can become a major player in the snooker sport in the future.
Overall, it was an impressive display from Si Jiahui, and snooker fans will be eagerly anticipating the continuation of this enthralling clash.