23 January, 2017
World number 1 Brett was pushed all the way in his opener against Ireland’s Andy Kyle, who qualified for the event courtesy of winning the WIBC World Singles title and then coming through the overseas qualifier at the Potters venue, winning his section and then accounting for Hong Kong’s Vivien Yip who won the other playdown.
Kyle led 4-1 in the opening set but scored on only one more end, with Brett scoring back to back doubles on the last two ends to win 10-5. Brett said “I thought I played OK in the first set but scratched about a bit in the second and gave him one of two chances.
In a reversal of fortunes in the second Kyle trailed 4-2 but then reeled off a treble and three successive singles to move 8-4 ahead, however once again Brett wrapped up doubles on the last two ends to square at 8-8 where a one and half sets to a half saw him through. “I pulled out some big shots and that saw me through. I’ve found a way to win rather than find a way to lose. There’s always pressure at the end of every set and us ranked players find that easier to adapt to because we experience it frequently. Qualifiers don’t get as many opportunities as we do so it tends to be a nervous time for them”.