With a 6-2 victory against the Chinese Xu Si, Luca Brecel has qualified for the second round of the UK Championship snooker tournament (1.2 million euros), which takes place in York, England.
Brecel (WS-40) took a 5-1 lead with breaks of 63, 86 and 94. Si (WS-89) was able to win frame six, but in a thrilling seventh frame, Brecel pocketed the ultimate black ball for a second-round spot. In it, Brecel takes on the Englishman Tom Ford (WS-20), who gave the Welshman Andrew Paggett 6-1 in the first round.
After the elimination of Shaun Murphy (WS-6), the 2008 UK Championship champion, who also expressed his displeasure after the match that a number of amateurs were allowed to participate in the tournament, the reigning and three-time champion Neil Robertson (WS-6 -4) pack the bags. The Australian lost 6-2 to 32-year-old amateur John Astley. (Belgian)