Jack Lisowski defeated Jimmy White - World Championship Qualifying
Jack Lisowski has recorded a 10-7 defeat of Jimmy White at Betfred World Championship Qualifying, which sees the Whirlwind lose his tour card after 37 years as a professional.
Over the course of the legendary White's career, he has amassed ten ranking titles and reached six Crucible finals. The World Championship, which hosted some of his most iconic highs and lows, could now prove to be the scene of the Whirlwind's professional exit.
White had to progress to keep his chances of retaining his spot on the World Snooker Tour alive. The 54-year-old will now need to enter next month's Q School if he is to regain a full tour card.
Meanwhile victory for Lisowski sees him remain in the hunt for a first trip to the Crucible since 2013. Lisowski held a 5-4 advantage following a free-flowing opening session at Ponds Forge this morning. However, this evening proved to be a far nervier affair.
The 25-year-old found himself behind early on, as White claimed the first two frames of the session to lead 6-5. Lisowski restored parity, before a break of 51 helped him to regain the lead. White compiled runs of 68 and 54 take the 14th frame to make it 7-7. However, from there it was Lisowski who coasted to the line, winning three frames in a row to secure the 10-7 win. Next up for the world number 55 is 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon who defeated Michael Wild 10-3.
Lisowski remarked: ''It's every man for himself, but it was cool to see him and he just has that class. I played Steve Davis before in the World Championship and lost 10-9, now I've played Jimmy. You can still see that quality and they put you bang under it.''
''I can remember the first and only time I qualified for the Crucible. It was crazy. I've watched the snooker at the World Championship since I was five or six.''
''There's still a long way to go. Two more games and I have a tough draw. You need to block out your emotions and not think about where winning gets you, but that is easier said than done.''