http://www.thetricolour.com/

UK Championship 2019: Ding Junhui, Stephen Maguire and Marco Fu go through

UK Championship 2019: Ding Junhui, Stephen Maguire and Marco Fu go through

Former champion Ding Junhui won five frames in a row as he recovered from a slow start to beat Welshman Duane Jones 6-2 in the UK Championship first round.

China's Ding, 32, has slipped to 16 in the world and has not won a ranking event in more than two years.

But he looked increasingly confident as breaks of 73, 103, 77 and 92 saw him recover from 2-1 down to progress.

There were also wins in York for 2004 champion Stephen Maguire, Marco Fu and ex-world champion Graeme Dott.

All three saw off English opposition. World number 14 Maguire edged out Billy Castle 6-4, Hong Kong's Fu, the 2008 finalist, beat Craig Steadman 6-3 and Maguire's fellow Scot Dott thrashed Barry Pinches 6-1.

The afternoon play sees Leicester's Mark Selby begin his quest for a third UK title, while Kyren Wilson and Welshman Mark Williams, a two-time winner, are also in action.

World number one Judd Trump plays Morocco's Amine Amiri in the opening round on Thursday at 14:30 GMT, and seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is in action against Ross Bulman later that evening.

BBC television coverage of the tournament begins on Saturday from 13:15 GMT on BBC One.

Sign up to My Sport to follow snooker news on the BBC app.

Also in Snooker

Stuart Bingham: Masters champion 'will always have haters' despite victory

Stuart Bingham: Masters champion 'will always have haters' despite victory

Media playback

Masters 2020: Stuart Bingham fights back to beat Ali Carter and win title

Media playback

Masters final 2020: Stuart Bingham leads Ali Carter after first session

Media playback
Masters 2020: Ali Carter will face Stuart Bingham in final

Masters 2020: Ali Carter will face Stuart Bingham in final

Ali Carter made the most of his fortunate entrance into the Masters by reaching Sunday's final where he will face fellow Englishman Stuart Bingham.Carter only secured his spot in the
Carter beats Murphy to reach Masters final

Carter beats Murphy to reach Masters final

Ali Carter made the most of his fortunate entrance into the Masters by beating Shaun Murphy 6-3 to reach Sunday's final at Alexandra Palace.Englishman Carter only secured his spot in

Bingham produces stunning comeback to reach Masters semis

Media playback
Gilbert makes 144 break in beating Maguire to reach Masters semi-final

Gilbert makes 144 break in beating Maguire to reach Masters semi-final

Debutant David Gilbert made a tournament-high 144 break in a dominant 6-2 victory over Stephen Maguire to reach the Masters semi-finals.World number 11 Gilbert is in line for a bonus
Masters 2020: Ali Carter to meet Shaun Murphy in the semi-final

Masters 2020: Ali Carter to meet Shaun Murphy in the semi-final

Ali Carter scrapped to a late-night 6-3 win over two-time champion John Higgins to reach the semi-finals of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.Carter, 17th in the world rankings, is only
Reply
Your Comment

loginsignup