Lisowski condemns concentration after Masters defeat

Lisowski was playing in just his second Masters tournament
Lisowski was playing in just his second Masters tournament

Jack Lisowski believes that he ‘lost the plot’ in his first-round Masters defeat after Kyren Wilson won six frames on the bounce to triumph 6-2.

Lisowski had started in inspired form, building assured breaks and enjoying a perfect long pot percentage in the opening frames as he built up a 2-0 lead.

But the 2018 Masters finalist switched on the class from then on in, and after levelling things following a crucial missed pink by Lisowski in the fourth, it was to be one way traffic.

“I made a really good start and then in the fourth frame we both had quite a few chances,” he said.

“I think that spurred him on, after the interval he was a much stronger player. I don’t really know what happened in those four frames after the interval, I never really felt in the game.

“I was missing a few weird shots. I missed a ball at 4-2, the balls were everywhere. My safety wasn’t very good, my potting wasn’t very good after the interval, so it was a shame, because I started really well.

“It was the one that got away, that fourth frame, but it was pretty poor mentally to lose the plot after that - it was a big frame I guess.

“I wasn’t really getting into any of the frames - apart from the seventh when I missed that red - I just had bits and pieces to go at. I think I wasn’t getting him in any trouble with my safety.”

Lisowski looked a beaten man after the interval, with Wilson dominating table time, despite the Cheltenham native making a number of starts.

Breaks of 68, 67 and 70 for Wilson proved the telling contributions, and his 28-year-old opponent had no answer for a combination of scoring and tricky safety play.

Lisowski’s afternoon was summed up in the seventh when he called himself on a push shot, handing Wilson the initiative at an inopportune time and leaving him to curse his luck.

“I’ve been ill for like five days, put a new tip on four days ago and my touch just wasn’t there today,” he continued.

“You saw it with that double-hit, push shot and that was because I couldn’t get my tip out of the way in time, it was a bit fatter, and I just didn’t have time to knock it in.

“My preparation hasn’t been great for this tournament and it’s caught up with me in the end.”

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