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Sunday, 30 November 2014

UK Championship Round Two Headlines

Round Two of this years Coral UK Championship has now been completed leaving us with just 32 players left in the hunt to be crowned the champion next Sunday night.

Here in headline form are the main stories from the last two days.
  • Our world champion Mark Selby,was a surprise loser,going down 6-4 to Irelands David Morris.Selby perhaps could be forgiven for been a little off his game here having so recently becoming a father for the first time,but credit to Morris who produced two 70 plus breaks to put it to bed from 4-4.
  • Defending Champion Neil Robertson had to dig deep into his reserves to fight his way past the young rising star Kyren Wilson,coming from 5-4 down to eventually win 6-5
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan felt sufficient improvement in his ankle  to allow him continue in the tournament and although he was not at his best by any means,he still beat Peter Lines 6-3.If things continue to improve for him during the week he will still be the man they all have to beat here this week.
  • Ding Junhui broke the hearts of the Jimmy White supporters,beating the Whirlwind 6-2 in a match that was much closer than that scoreline suggests,indeed Ding only potted 8 more ball than Jimmy in the entire match
  • The comeback of the season award could well be going to Nigel Bond after the 49 year old produced an unbelievable performance to fight back from 5-0 to beat Barry Hawkins 6-5.
  • Judd Trump & Mark Allen both put in impressive performances to beat Luca Brecel & Aditya Mehta 6-0 & 6-1 respectively
  • Mark Williams was in equally  devastating form as he eased to a 6-0 win over Jimmy Robertson.
  • His old adversary John Higgins also recorded a much needed confidence boosting 6-4 win over  Jamie Cope.
  • Shaun Murphy is also through with a 6-3 win over Robin Hull
  • And he is joined in round 3 by fellow former world champions Peter Ebdon (who beat Kurt Maflin 6-1) Graeme Dott (6-3 Anthony Hamilton) & Ken Doherty (6-4 Michael White)
Add to these wins for,among,others Stuart Bingham,Joe Perry,Mark Davis and we could be in for quite a week.The last 32 gets under way Monday at 1pm GMT with all matches now been played in the main arena.

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