The UK Championship is the second biggest ranking event on the snooker calendar and part of the ‘triple crown’, with the World Championships and the Masters.
Last year Neil Robertson won this prestigious event in York with some good performances leading up to the final.
In the final last year, Robertson made a 147 break on his way to victory over Chinese sensation, Liang Wenbo.
Last night though, in Robertson’s first round match at this year’s UK Championship, the Aussie suffered a shock defeat to amateur snooker player, Peter Lines, by 6-3.
It was a poor performance from Neil Robertson, who decided not to play in the Northern Ireland Open last week in order to prepare for the defense of his UK snooker title. His scoring was nowhere near where it should’ve been for a top player in the world. Peter Lines played a great tactical match that Robertson struggled to cope with.
After the match Robertson said; ” He didn’t make a whole load of big breaks but he didn’t have to because his safety was that good.
” It was a tough match. He is still a great player and he showed that. He was not going to be scared. He played a brilliant match.
In a post match interview with the victor, Peter Lines, he said; “most pleasing of his career”.
“In my heart I wasn’t expecting to win but I played well and am really pleased with how i held myself together because Neil is a fantastic player”.
Peter Lines fell off the pro tour and started working at the Northern Snooker Centre. He continues to enter the big events such as the UK Championship as he feels he can still go far in big events.
Peter Lines will now join his son ‘Oliver’ (also a pro) in the last 64 this snooker competition.