John Higgins has taken a commanding 8-0 lead over Kyren Wilson in their second round clash at the Cazoo World Championship in Sheffield. Higgins, a four-time World Champion from Scotland, put on a vintage display in the opening session to secure a clean sweep of the frames. He needs just five more frames for victory.
Higgins has had a difficult season by his high standards, but showed signs of recovering his form with a run to the quarter-finals of the recent WST Classic. He then looked sharp in his first-round match, where he beat David Grace 10-3.
Wilson, who made snooker history in the first round by firing in the 13th maximum break to be made at the Crucible, will have been left shellshocked by the Higgins onslaught.
Higgins started strongly, with consecutive total clearances of 136 and 137 in the first two frames. He then took a 4-0 lead at the mid-session interval with breaks of 57 and 77, while Wilson was restricted to just 70 points in the first four frames.
Although Wilson had chances to reduce the deficit when play resumed, he fell further behind at 5-0. Higgins then took the sixth frame by clearing the colours after Wilson went in off on the final red.
Higgins closed out the session ruthlessly, firing in breaks of 134 and 80 to end 8-0 ahead. They will return this evening at 7 pm for the second of three scheduled sessions. The last time Higgins compiled a first session whitewash at the Crucible was against Jack Lisowski in 2018. He went on to win the match 13-1 and was the eventual runner-up to Mark Williams.