The second most anticipated tournament on the snooker calendar, the UK Championship, got underway last night at the Barbican centre, York.
Kyren Wilson fans will be feeling a deep sense of disappointment as he was knocked out in the very first round to Mitchell Mann 6-3. Not the easiest of draws for last week’s Northern Ireland Open semi finalist, but most would have expected Wilson to come through this match.
Kyren Wilson never got going, and in almost every frame, finding himself bogged down in a scrappy battle. Mitchell Mann on the other hand appeared to relish these situations and as a result, was able to take control of the match.
Ding Junhui found himself in deep trouble yesterday against Brazillian, Igor Figueiredo. At the end of the match, Ding looked out as the socre was 5-5 and 61 points down. Fortunately for Ding, a beautiful chance presented and Ding was able to clear the table with a break of 74 to progress to the second round. Lucky man!!
No surprises with Judd Trump as he won 6-2 over James Wattana. Trump had two 90 breaks and a 109. The Bristol lad seems to be in decent form so far but he is yet to be tested.
Ryan Day was dominant over Jimmy White and won 6-2. Jimmy White played quite well at times but was unable to maintain consistency throughout the match.
Marco Fu and last week’s Northern Ireland Open finalist, Barry Hawkins breezed through into the second round.
There was hardly any surprises seen on the opening day of the UK Championship but there is still a long way to go.
Big names in the world of snooker playing today which include Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Allen, Shaun Murphy and new ranking title winner, Mark King.
Can Mark King make another good run at the UK Championship?