Lisowski suffers semifinal loss at World Cup
JACK Lisowski’s hopes of snooker World Cup glory ended in a semi-final defeat against the China B side of Liang Wenbo and Zhou Yuelong in Wuxi.
Churchdown’s Lisowski and Kyren Wilson found themselves 2-0 down after the opening singles frames before England then won the first doubles frame.
A break of 84 from Wilson restored parity at 2-2 before Zhou composed a break of 69 against Lisowski to move China B one from victory, before England claimed the last doubles frame to force a decider at 3-3.
Both teams had to nominate their player to take on the final frame and Liang who was pitted against Wilson. The Chinese star fired in a superb break of 71 to secure the tie and ensure progression to the final.
England, having won all five of their round-robin group games, had reached the semi-finals with an exciting 4-3 win over Thailand as Lisowski got the better of the decider against Thepchaiya Un-nooh, winning it 78-14 with a top break of 48.
Two snooker experts have backed Lisowski to end his wait for a ranking tournament victory this season.
The 28-year-old reached two finals last season in the Riga Masters and China Open, but former world number three player and TV pundit Neal Foulds, along with national newspaper journalist Hector Nunns both expect Lisowski to end his duck.
Foulds said: “He will surely win something soon. He is by far the most gifted player on the tour who is yet to have won anything.”
Nunns added: “The main contenders should be David Gilbert, Lisowski, and the Chinese youngsters but “I’ll go with Lisowski – his time is coming.”