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Welsh Open final suspended as players taken off the table after fan falls ill | Other | Sport

The Welsh Open final was temporarily suspended after a fan fell ill. Gary Wilson and Martin O’Donnell were taken away from the table at Venue Cymru while the spectator received urgent medical attention.

Wilson had taken the first frame and was cruising in the second when it became apparent that there was an incident inside the venue. An update from the World Snooker Tour just prior to 2pm read: “The two players have been taken off the table after a spectator has been taken ill.”

Play was halted for a little under a quarter of an hour while medics treated the individual. It was later revealed that the woman was able to walk out of the venue unaided, with the WST wishing her a full recovery.

A tweet 2:10pm read: “Play will now resume. The lady who [was taken] ill in the crowd was able to walk out of the arena safely, and will hopefully be OK. Credit to the brilliant work of security here at the venue.”

The finalists returned to the table to play out the remainder of the match.

Wilson had entered the all-English final in excellent form. He became only the 13th player to score a fifth maximum break of his career during his semi-final victory over five-time Welsh Open champion John Higgins.

« I am delighted. I didn’t do a lot wrong and played very well in patches,” Wilson said after the semi-final.

« The 147 was early in the match, I wasn’t even thinking about it at the start, I was just looking to build a lead.

« It probably wasn’t until 40 or 50 where I thought ‘the balls are on here’ and you can hear the crowd egging you on. I should have had one in the frame before, I had a chance at it. »

Meanwhile, O’Donnell reached the final by defeating Elliot Slessor in the final frame. The world No. 76 stunned reigning world champion Luca Brecel in the quarter-final.

« I was just enjoying it and I thought of all the hours you put in at the club, everything you do, » O’Donnell said. « I was like ‘come on, let’s see what you’re made of here, let’s see if you stand up to the task’.

« That is all I was concentrating on really. Weirdly enough it was probably the most composed I’ve felt in a match at five each. »

Cet article est apparu en premier en ANGLAIS sur https://www.express.co.uk/sport/othersport/1868021/Welsh-Open-final-suspended-fan-falls-ill


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