Friday 14 December 2018

Ireland's Leo Fernandez stuns world number three Ding Junhui with amazing comeback at UK Championship

Leo Fernandez beats Ding Junhui on day one of the 2017 Betway UK Champions at the York Barbican, York. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 28, 2017. Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Leo Fernandez beats Ding Junhui on day one of the 2017 Betway UK Champions at the York Barbican, York. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 28, 2017. Richard Sellers/PA Wire

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Ding Junhui suffered a stunning upset at the hands of 41-year-old Irishman Leo Fernandez in the first round of the UK Championship in York.

The world number three and twice former winner of the title lost five frames in a row as Fernandez clawed back from 5-1 down for a famous 6-5 win.

Fernandez, the world number 130, had not won a match in four tournaments since returning from a 15-month ban after admitting playing a foul shot to facilitate a betting sting in a World Championship qualifier last year.

But he potted the pink and black to edge a tight decider and stun Ding, who first won the title when he beat Steve Davis at the age of just 18 in 2005.

Marco Fu avoided a similar fate as he beat veteran Nigel Bond 6-2, while Mark King was a quick 6-0 winner over Boonyarit Keattikun of Thailand.

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