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Jimmy White assured of reaching the primary stage of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield after run to final 16 of WST Basic; White, 60, beats Judd Trump throughout event in Leicester; six-time World Championship runner-up has not reached Crucible since 2006

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Jimmy White says he’s ‘enjoying too effectively’ to not attain the primary spherical of the World Snooker Championship for the primary time since 2006

Jimmy White believes he’s “enjoying too effectively” to not qualify for the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield later this spring.

White, 60, has not reached the primary draw at The Crucible since 2006 however his 2022/2023 season has included quite a lot of promising outcomes, together with making the televised stage of the UK Championship in York.

The six-time Phrase Championship runner-up turned the primary participant aged 60 or over to achieve the final 16 of a rating occasion since Eddie Charlton in 1992 throughout his run on the German Masters final month.

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White made the identical stage on the WST Basic in Leicester this week, beating former world champion Judd Trump on Tuesday morning earlier than being knocked out by Pang Junxu within the afternoon.

The Londoner advised wst.television: “I’m enjoying okay, I simply ran out of steam. I will take a few days off now and get again to follow on Friday. I will be attending to the Crucible, I’m enjoying too effectively.”

Talking after beating Trump, White stated: “I used to be actually nervous, nevertheless it’s alright to be nervous as a result of it means you are alive at my age.

“If you happen to’re not a fan of Judd Trump you are not a fan of snooker. The final 5 instances we have performed he is overwhelmed me, so this can be a large win for me.”

The World Snooker Championship qualifiers begin on April 3 with the first-round correct below manner on April 15.

O’Sullivan: Snooker ‘the worst it has ever been’

Ronnie O’Sullivan withdrew from the WST Basic because of an elbow harm

Ronnie O’Sullivan, who received a record-equalling seventh world title in 2022, lately advised The Solar that snooker is in a “unhealthy place” and referred to as for the injection of larger prize cash within the sport and a few recent concepts.

The 47-year-old, who withdrew from the WST Basic forward of his second-round match because of an elbow harm, stated: “[Snooker] might be within the worst place it has ever been.

“The picture of the game, it is a bit like a pub sport now. It is in a nasty place. It is in hassle. I’ve carried the game just about for the final 20-30 years. It isn’t one participant. It is the game.”

World Snooker has responded to O’Sullivan’s feedback, insisting there’s a vibrant future for the game.

A spokesperson stated: “Final week we held a constructive assembly with the gamers, sadly Ronnie selected to not attend, the place we set out our imaginative and prescient for the way forward for snooker and addressed points that are essential to the gamers.

Seven-time world champion O’Sullivan believes snooker is in a ‘unhealthy place’

“The outcomes have been constructive, and gamers have been inspired by the progressive technique set out by WST [World Snooker Tour].

“WST is working diligently throughout most of the areas Ronnie has raised and is attaining appreciable success in consequence.

“We’re working with the main companies in sports activities, whose purchasers embrace the Premier League, FIFA, Ryder Cup and The Masters.

“Our long-term technique is predicated upon best-in-class evaluation and pushed by information. We might all the time welcome Ronnie to share his concepts and focus on our plans and technique instantly with WST.”

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