For the first time since capturing the Dubai Classic title in October last year, Alan McManus is back in the semi-finals of a ranking competition, the Skoda Grand Prix in Sunderland.
For the third match in a row he dropped only one frame, with Northern Ireland's Joe Swail his latest victim. "I didn't feel I was capable of competing for trophies until recently," McManus said after his 5-1 win. "It remains to be seen whether I can win a tournament again, but it makes a big difference to feel I am in with a chance."
Swail, appearing in his second successive ranking quarter-final, showed his ability with an excellent 104 to open his account in the final frame before the mid-session interval. However, McManus took over after the break. He was poised to overtake Jimmy White's 105 as the highest televised break, but missed the final blue after reaching 98.Reuse content