World Snooker Championship 2024: Neil Robertson loses to Jamie Jones; Jackson Page and Ryan Day advance


Jones held a 5-4 advantage after the first session before Robertson, 24th in the world rankings, won four frames in a row to put himself within two frames of qualification.

But Jones battled back to qualify for the World Championship for a fifth time.

“I don’t know what it is about this tournament, it just brings the best out of me,” said the world number 41. “My style is to never give up and I knew I was up against it when it was 8-5 but I thought if I could hit him early I would have a chance.

“I love the way the top players play. In practice I play like a top player, I just don’t produce it enough in other competitions. Neil had buried me every time I had played him so I haven’t got good memories of playing him.”

Elsewhere, England’s 2019 semi-finalist David Gilbert defeated China’s Xiao Guodong 10-6 and China’s Si Jiahui, who reached the last four in 2023, fought back from 4-0 down to beat compatriot Wu Yize 10-4.

Joe O’Connor qualified for the first time and will be the only debutant at this year’s competition after he won 10-8 in an all-English clash with Matthew Selt in a match that finished at 23:30 BST.

Iran’s Hossein Vafaei, the world number 19, made a bad start as he lost the opening three frames against 18-year-old Jiang Jun from China but recovered to win 10-5 and reach the Crucible for a third successive year.

China’s Pang Junxu, beaten by seven-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round in 2023, secured his Crucible return thanks to a 10-8 triumph over compatriot Cao Yupeng.

Despite losing, Saengkham could still earn the £15,000 high break prize, which also covers the main event, after he made a maximum 147 break in his third qualifying round win over Andy Hicks.

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