Thursday, 10 November 2011

UK Champonship Qualifiers Day 4 - Hendry and Davis Qualified for York

Final round of UK Championship Qualifiers here we are! The matches today will determine who will book their places in York.

Good news for the fans are both legends Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry qualified for York. Davis was a comfortable winner 6-2 over Andrew Higginson with 63 and 52 to set up a meeting against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round in York. This clash will certainly catch the eyebrows of every snooker fan. Davis said: "You can't ask for more than a match against Ronnie at the UK. It's what we play for. Plus it gives me a day when I don't have to sit next to John Parrott!''

Davis added: "When I first dropped into the qualifiers, I just got stuck in and didn't say 'I'm not supposed to be here' - and I think Stephen (Hendry) will be the same. He's got nothing to worry about as long as he's optimistic and get's his attitude right. He's bound to win some and lose some." Davis is right but Hendry came through from his pressure. Hendry was 2-0 up on Gerard Greene before Greene levels 2-2. Somewhat Hendry struggled but had his head back to win 6-2.

Hendry made his tenth 147 in his last meeting against Maguire 
"Playing in the qualifiers is a different kind of pressure for me, but my position in the rankings is self-inflicted and that's why I'm here. I'm not used to it and I want to get back into the top 16 as soon as possible. I just tried to concentrate on the match today and put in as much effort as I could." Hendry will face his fellow Scottish Stephen Maguire in the first round which he expected to be a tough one - Their last meeting was Welsh Open in February which Hendry made his tenth 147 but losing 2-4.  

Marco Fu won a thriller against Anthony Hamilton which he described it as one of the most thrilling and big victories in his career. Fu lost his first three frames but he managed to recover to lead 4-3. Hamilton took the next two frames to lead 5-4 but Fu did not give up to force a decider. In the final frame, Hamilton leads Fu 55-5 with a foul but Fu cleared to win on the final black with 54. The Hong Kong man clenched for his win. Fu will play Bingham at the venue.

19-year-old young Chinese Li Yan qualified for UK by winning four matches in a row, including an impressive 6-2 win over Fergal O'Brien in the final round. This will be his first time to qualify for a ranking event, in his first professional season on the circuit. Li is going to play Shaun Murphy, winner of the event back in 2008. Peter Lines cameback to beat Ken Doherty 6-5 from 3-5 down.

Results of final round of UK Championship Qualifers, Wednesday November 9


51 Barry Hawkins 2-6 Rory McLeod (Winner to play John Higgins at the venue)
52 Stephen Hendry 6-2 Gerard Greene (Winner to play Stephen Maguire at the venue)
53 Andrew Higginson 2-6 Steve Davis (Winner to play Ronnie O'Sullivan at the venue)
54 Dominic Dale 6-2 Nigel Bond (Winner to play Judd Trump at the venue)
55 Mark Davis 6-2 Michael White (Winner to play Ding Junhui  at the venue)
56 Marcus Campbell 6-3 Ben Woollaston (Winner to play Matthew Stevens at the venue)
57 Mark King 4-6 Matthew Selt (Winner to play Graeme Dott at the venue)
58 Tom Ford 6-0 Xiao Guodong (Winner to play Neil Robertson at the venue)


59 Jamie Cope 3-6 Joe Jogia (Winner to play Mark Williams at the venue)
60 Ricky Walden 6-2 Jamie Jones (Winner to play Stephen Lee at the venue)
61 Ken Doherty 5-6 Peter Lines (Winner to play Martin Gould at the venue)
62 Fergal O'Brien 2-6 Li Yan (Winner to play Shaun Murphy at the venue)
63 Peter Ebdon 3-6 Robert Milkins (Winner to play Ali Carter at the venue)
64 Joe Perry 4-6 Adrian Gunnell (Winner to play Mark Allen at the venue)
65 Marco Fu 6-5 Anthony Hamilton (Winner to play Stuart Bingham at the venue)
66 Ryan Day 6-0 Jamie Burnett (Winner to play Mark Selby at the venue)


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