World Championship 2019: Ali Carter beats Jack Lisowski 10-6 in first round

Ali Carter and Jack Lisowski
Jack Lisowski (right) joined Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Allen and Luca Brecel as seeded players to exit in the first round
Betfred World Snooker Championship
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 20 April-6 May
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Ali Carter's four-frame burst saw Jack Lisowski become the fourth seed to lose in the World Championship first round.

The two-time Crucible runner-up led 5-4 overnight and raced 9-4 ahead before seeing out a 10-6 victory.

"I just used my experience, stuck to my task and I'm delighted to get through," said the 39-year-old.

World number eight Kyren Wilson was the last man to make round two, but was not at his fluent best despite completing a 10-4 win over Scott Donaldson

Wilson led the Scottish qualifier and Crucible debutant Scott Donaldson 6-2 overnight and the pair shared four scrappy games to make it 8-4.

However, the Kettering man hit three half-century breaks in the final two frames to tee up a second-round meeting with Barry Hawkins.

Earlier, Carter punished Lisowski's errors to take the second session's opening four frames and warded off a brief fightback which saw the Cheltenham man knock in the match's highest break of 124.

Essex potter Carter had to come through three qualifying matches to reach the Crucible after dropping out of the world's top 16 this season.

But he produced five breaks of more than 50 to beat world number 11 Lisowski and set up a second-round meeting with China's Zhou Yuelong on Sunday.

The 2008 and 2012 runner-up - who lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan in both finals - is hoping the bottom half of the draw could open up after The Rocket's shock loss to amateur James Cahill.

"I have played really well here in the past. I played really well here last year but I ran into someone that played a little bit better in Mark Williams," added Carter.

"That seems to have happened to me on more than one occasion. Sometimes the draw opens up for people, maybe it hasn't opened up for me yet but there's always time."

'We've been through the same thing'

Carter's battles with illness have been well-publicised. He overcame testicular cancer in 2013 and lung cancer the following year - but his "good friend" Lisowski has also suffered from the disease.

The 27-year-old battled Hodgkin's lymphoma as a teenager and Carter said the pair had bonded over their experiences.

"I remember talking to him when I was undergoing chemotherapy about the side-effects and how bad it was," added Carter.

"It was nice to talk to someone on a level where he had been through the same thing.

"It was a horrible match because he's a really good friend of mine and he's in our management team.

"Jack is such a great young player. He's got a lot of special moments to come here, there's no doubt about that. I've never seen a talent like him, apart from Ronnie O'Sullivan."

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