Jimmy White beat Ken Doherty 5-1 and, in the end, played very well to do so.
The highlight was an 82 break in the third frame but what impressed me most was Jimmy's keenness and competitive spirit.
It was clear that qualifying for the final stages of a second successive ranking tournament meant a lot to him.
“It’s so difficult here but I knew I had a slight edge because I’d won matches and Ken was coming in cold,” White said.
“I’m just building on confidence. I’ve come through well after some tough games and played well today.
“I’ve been working really hard and know my game is there. It’s all about the mental side and I’ve got some confidence now which makes all the difference.”