Graeme Dott produced one of his best displays in years as he won six frames in a row to end Judd Trump’s hopes of lifting the UK Championship trophy this week.
The 2006 world champion stormed back from 2-0 down to record a huge win as Trump’s struggles on the table continued.
Before the match Trump, who won the UK Championship in 2011, said he would be surprised if he did well this week saying the standard of his game was not where he wanted it to be.
And Dott took full advantage playing some great attacking snooker and punishing loose mistakes made by the world number two whose wait for a second UK Championship title goes on.
The Bristol man’s early exit means all three of the world’s top tanked stars – Mark Selby, Trump and Ding Junhui have all all crashed out of the second biggest ranking tournament in the snooker calendar as the event approaches the last 16 stage.
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And that was not the only surprise on what was an action packed afternoon at York’s Barbican Theatre.
Northern Ireland Open winner Mark Williams suffered defeat despite at one stage leading fellow Welshman Ryan Day 4-1.
Day, who is also battling to secure a place in next month’s Masters, played impressive snooker in the second half of the match and dominated the deciding frame to earn a valuable 6-5 win.
Also out is world number 7 Marco Fu who lost 6-4 to China’s Lyu Haotian who continued his fine form. 19-year-old Haotian, who made the semi-finals in the recent Northern Ireland Open, made breaks of 121, 85, 85 and 80 in the final frame to record another impressive win.
And world number 16 Liang Wenbo also was left packing his bags home after he lost a thrilling encounter against Stephen Maguire.
Maguire, who won the UK Championship in 2004, levelled with Wenbo on four occasions after the China star took a one frame lead only for Maguire to win frame nine which put him in the lead for the first time.
It was Wenbo’s turn to level the scores in frame ten to force a decider but Maguire dominated to reach the last 16 stage.
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