Amateur Travis holds nerve to knock out Fu in big shock

AMATEUR snooker player Mitchell Travis caused the biggest shock of the UK Championship so far and got the biggest win of his life after he held his nerve to defeat Marco Fu.

Fu, who earlier this season won the Australian Open and was a finalist in the International Championship, had to pack his bags early in York after crashing to a surprising 6-5 defeat.

Things looked plain sailing for the Hong Kong star when he took a 2-0 lead but Travis fought back to win three of the next four frames.

Fu then led on two more occasions only for Travis to peg him back to force the match into a decider.

In a close-fought final frame, Travis managed to scrape his way to a memorable win after fluking a snooker and potting the final yellow, green and brown to get over the winning line.

After the game Travis spoke of his delight on reaching the second round of the UK Championship.

“I haven’t got words for that yet, it’s the biggest win of my life,” he said.

“Before the match I knew I had nothing to lose. I came here as a rank outsider and thought as long as I don’t make myself look like a muppet, I’ll enjoy it.  I was 2-0 down and went to the toilet and just had a word with myself to just play my natural game and not to put pressure on myself and luckily I came through.

“The venue was absolutely marvellous and it was a dream come true to play here, I’ll never forget it. My dad Gary and my granddad Terry were both in the crowd watching and they’ve both taught me how to play since I was three years old. This result goes to them.”

Day four of the UK Championship also saw wins for four-times world champion John Higgins who defeated Alex Borg and former Masters winner Matthew Stevens who beat Ryan Clark 6-4.

Saturday sees four of the top stars begin their bid to win the UK Championship. Reigning world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan kicks off against Scottish amateur Rhys Clark and defending champion Mark Selby takes on Shane Castle.

Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson also being their bid for UK Championship glory up against Anthony Parsons and Dylan Mitchell respectively.

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