Liam Pitchford bought off to a successful begin on the WTT Contender Almaty with a four-game victory over Lilian Bardet of France.
Pitchford led by a lot of the first sport, however needed to save a sport level earlier than taking it 12-10 towards an opponent ranked No 101 on the earth.
When Bardet hit again to take the second, it seemed nicely poised, however Pitchford stepped on the fuel within the third sport, taking a 6-1 lead and seeing it out on a second sport level. He was by no means behind within the fourth and pulled away with 4 successive factors from 7-7 to finish the victory.
He’ll face third seed Darko Jorgic (WR 11) of Slovenia within the final 16. The match is at 2.20pm UK time on Friday on Desk 2 – watch on the WTT YouTube channel.
Spherical of 32
Liam Pitchford bt Lilian Bardet (FRA) 3-1 (12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7)