Horsburgh top of the pots

Lynette Horsburgh - on cue

Lynette Horsburgh - on cue

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Lynette Horsburgh remains on cue to become 8-Ball pool queen for a second time after an encouraging start to her Hotel Collection World 8-Ball Championships campaign at Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel.

The 40-year-old Blackpool cue queen is seeded two for the ladies singles and overcame a testing opening hurdle to reach the last 16 of the £40,000 event.

Experienced Irish potter, Kim O’Brien, opposed Horsburgh in her first match at the Imperial Hotel, duly won the lag to start the contest and then secured two of the first three frames.

Horsburgh, champion in 2008, hit back to lead 3-2 but O’Brien, already with an earlier match under her belt, squared the contest at 3-3. However, the home favourite wouldn’t be denied and reeled off three successive frames to complete a 6-3 victory.

Horsburgh, a BBC internet journalist, returns to action on Thursday with a step into the unknown.

Australian Theresa Whitten stands between the former Scottish international and a place in Friday’s quarter-finals.