Snooker

Davis books Shanghai Masters spot

Steve Davis roared into the main Shanghai Masters draw with a 5-0 demolition job on Andrew Higginson in the final round of qualifying in Sheffield.

 
Davis books Shanghai spot - SnookerImago
 

The 54-year-old former world champion rolled back the years at the World Snooker Academy to book his place on the plane to China for September's tournament proper.

Fellow veteran Jimmy White fell at the final qualifying hurdle though, dropping to a 5-1 defeat to Jamie Jones, while former world number two Ken Doherty also dropped out of contention with a 5-4 loss to Marcus Campbell.

But Dominic Dale thrashed Anthony McGill 5-0 to secure his place in Shaghai, while Ryan Day, Peter Ebdon and Mark Davis were also winners on the final day of qualifying.

The 16 winners in Sheffield will be joined by the world's top 16 players - a list headed by Mark Selby and Judd Trump - in China.

The Shanghai Masters, a major ranking event, runs from September 17 to 23.

Round four results:

Jamie Cope 5-4 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon

Tom Ford 5-1 Nigel Bond

Mark King 5-3 Aditya Mehta

Dominic Dale 5-0 Anthony McGill

Jamie Jones 5-1 Jimmy White

Ryan Day 5-4 Jamie Burnett

Michael Holt 3-5 Robert Milkins

Peter Ebdon 5-4 David Grace

Mark Davis 5-0 David Gilbert

Andrew Higginson 0-5 Steve Davis

Joe Perry 5-4 Barry Pinches

Fergal O'Brien 5-0 Rod Lawler

Marcus Campbell 5-4 Ken Doherty

Anthony Hamilton 3-5 Jimmy Robertson

Marco Fu 5-4 Mark Joyce

Barry Hawkins 5-4 Dave Harold

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