Thursday, 4 August 2011

Lethal Lisowski leads the way to Shanghai

Jack Lisowski has been far and away the stand-out player in the qualifiers this week.

Three wins for the loss of just a single frame, he's rubbished the old line that it's a tough old graft in the qualifiers. Instead, he's made it look effortlessly easy with wins against David Grace, Mike Dunn and Marco Fu.

After winning the Rookie of the Year accolade at the end of season World Snooker awards, it was always going to be difficult for him to follow up his maiden season success. Some of his biggest fans have predicted he'll break into the top 32 of the rankings, some even the 16.

While at first these bold claims may have sounded knee-jerk, it's difficult to argue with it right now.

We all know how difficult life is in the qualifiers, but Jack is living proof that the cream of the crop always rises to the top.

Just like his housemate Judd Trump, Lisowski has a style of play all fans love. He goes for his shots and doesn't change for anyone.

And the way he's taken the professional circuit by storm, why the hell should he?

Last season he famously advanced to the venue of the German Masters, where he narrowly lost in the first round 5-4 to John Higgins. He gave the Scot a real run for his money and showed then that he's capable of producing in front of the television cameras too.

In Shanghai, he'll have to win in the wildcard round before facing Jamie Cope, a player he's well capable of beating.

It's exciting times in the Lisowski camp and he appears to be loving it. Well played Jack, taking the second season by storm just like his first!

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