World Pool Championship: Fedor Gorst survives scare as Jayson Shaw and Alex Kazakis both win
Defending champion Fedor Gorst survives major test to come through his opening match at the World Pool Championship, while women's world champion Kelly Fisher is beaten by Greek star Alex Kazakis and April Larson gives Chris Melling a scare
Last Updated: 07/06/21 4:58pm
Fedor Gorst survived a huge scare in the opening match of his World Pool Championship defence as he fought back to defeat Estonia's Mark Magi in Milton Keynes.
Russian star Gorst fought back from 5-1 and 6-2 down to defeat Magi 9-7 at Marshall Arena.
He'll face Mark Gray for a place in the last 64.
The performance of a #MosconiCup MVP 👏— Matchroom Pool (@MatchroomPool) June 6, 2021
Jayson Shaw wins 8 racks on the bounce to come back from 6-0 down to defeat Moritz Neuhausen 💥
A sublime showing of grit and character. Still plenty of opportunity for Neuhausen to make the last 64!#WorldPoolChampionship pic.twitter.com/UEdYJY10FZ
Jayson Shaw found himself 6-0 down against World Under-17 champion Moritz Neuhausen of Germany, but the former US Open champion and current Mosconi Cup MVP, being watched by European captain Alex Lely, began a confident fightback, winning eight racks without reply.
The German youngster cut the deficit to 8-7 with Shaw on the hill but the Scot wrapped up the match 9-7.
There were also opening session wins for Championship League Pool winner Albin Ouschan, who beat Fabio Petroni 9-5, and Finland's Mika Immonen who beat Kristina Tkach 9-4 having been 3-1 down early on.
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Alex Kazakis, who was recently crowned World Pool Masters champion, was up against his mixed-doubles partner Kelly Fisher, the women's world champion, and the Greek star was a 9-1 winner.
American female April Larson gave Chris Melling a scare before the Brit closed out a 9-7 victory, while Darren Appleton booked his place in the last 64 with a 9-2 success over Germany's Christof Reintjes, who was on the winning side when the pair were on opposing teams in the World Cup of Pool final last month.
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