Snooker great Ronnie O'Sullivan and inaugural WST Pro Series next for Havant's Jamie Wilson after Gibraltar Open exit

Jamie Wilson's focus will now turn to a meeting with snooker great Ronnie O'Sullivan and the inaugural WST Pro Series event after his Gibraltar Open exit.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 9:42 pm
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 10:15 pm
Jamie Wilson. Picture: Ellen Demarré

The teenage prospect, 17, was beaten 4-1 by Chinese world number 37 Xiao Guodong as he went out in the second round in Milton Keynes this evening.

But he's sure to be straight back on the practice table in preparation for a massive day of action and one of the sport’s greatest challenges on Monday, March 15.

Wilson starts a run of SEVEN matches in one day at the brand new Pro Series tournament with a battle against world number one Ronnie O'Sullivan.

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The Rocket - a six-time Crucible king and current world champion - is one of eight players in Group I – along with the Havant-based potter – at the ranking event which has been added to the main tour calendar for the first time this season.

Along with a best-of-three frame battle with O'Sullivan to start off a run of seven matches in less than 24 hours, Wilson can also look forward to meetings with Mark Joyce, Ben Hancorn, Lu Haotian, David Lilley, Tom Ford and Chen Zifan over a quickfire round-robin format.

Unfortunately, the teenager was unable to extend his run past round two at the Gibraltar Open ahead of the Pro Series event.

Wilson - a whitewash 4-0 winner over amateur Hammim Hussain earlier in the week - went down to Chinese player Guodong but did pocket £3,000 for his opening round victory.

He picked up a solitary frame against the top-50 performer before succumbing to a 4-1 defeat.

But having won through rounds in each of his past two ranking events, the teenager is picking up results to go with the promise he is showing in his fledgling career.