Wednesday 12 December 2018

Heartbreak for Ken Doherty as Ronnie O'Sullivan prevails in final frame thriller at UK Championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan (right) after beating Ken Doherty, during day six of the Betway UK Championship at The York Barbican. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 2, 2018. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Ronnie O'Sullivan (right) after beating Ken Doherty, during day six of the Betway UK Championship at The York Barbican. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 2, 2018. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Tournament favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan survived an unexpected scare before continuing the defence of his UK Championship title in York.

O'Sullivan was 3-0 and 4-1 down to Ken Doherty in their second-round clash at the Barbican, before recovering to win 6-5 in an 11th-frame decider.

While Doherty is a former world champion, he is on the Tour courtesy of a two-year invitation from World Snooker, so a win over O'Sullivan - who remains the game's best player - would have been a huge shock.

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