Wednesday 18 September 2019

John Higgins books his place in UK Championship second round

John Higgins is through to the second round of the UK Championship
John Higgins is through to the second round of the UK Championship

John Higgins eased into the UK Championship second round with a 6-1 victory over Leo Fernandez, after a crowd member being treated for a seizure delayed play.

Spectators and both players initially thought the audience member had fallen asleep, before realising the situation was not so light-hearted.

A World Snooker spokesman confirmed a member of the crowd had suffered a seizure, but received treatment and made a full recovery.

The audience member was also thought to be planning to return for the evening session, by which time Higgins had long since toasted his first-round victory.

"At first I thought it was me on a plane, I can snore like that when I'm on a plane," said Higgins.

"I hope he's okay, I heard he had a bit of a seizure or something.

"I heard he was in a bit of a bad way and that it wasn't just snoring, so I hope he's okay."

Higgins hit a top break of 129 in a routine victory that tees up a clash with the winner of Tian Pengfei and Ian Burns in York.

"I've got a bit of confidence behind me from winning a couple of early-season tournaments, so I'd love to do well here," said Higgins.

"I've not really done well here at all, so I would love to have a good run."

Mark Davis eased past Rhys Clark 6-1, with Jamie Jones seeing off Ian Glover 6-4.

Stuart Carrington edged out Liam Highfield 6-4 while Martin Gould accounted for Allan Taylor 6-2 and David Grace eased past Andrew Higginson 6-1.

Ken Doherty blitzed Tony Drago 6-0, before admitting he hopes he can harness the enjoyment factor of playing in York.

"It's nice to play well and get in a bit of form," said Doherty.

"There's life in the old dog yet but finding that consistent form is the problem.

"I like it up here in York, it's a great venue and a great city.

"It was nice to play well, win and be in the hat for the weekend."

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