Brecel shocks Walden in York
Belgian teenager Luca Brecel claimed the biggest scalp of his blossoming career on Monday night as he beat Ricky Walden at the UK Championship.
Belgian teenager Luca Brecel claimed the biggest scalp of his blossoming career in York tonight as he knocked Ricky Walden out of the first round of the williamhill.com UK Championship.
The 17-year-old secured his first major win on the professional tour 20 minutes before midnight, taking a final-frame decider to emerge a 6-5 winner and indicate that his world ranking of 74 will not be so low for long.
And, despite Walden not being the grandest name out there, beating anyone in and around the upper echelons of the game, as the Chester man is, counts as a real step up for Brecel.
Those watching may not have seen a classic - the snooker was attritional and the highest break was 79 - but Brecel did what he had to, showing admirable steel to see it out, winning two frames in a row having been 2-0, 4-2 and 5-4 down.
This is unbelievable, Brecel, who tipped himself to reach the quarter-finals before the tournament, reflected afterwards.
"It was very tough. Ricky is a great player. It wasn't the best game but I won so I am very pleased.
"This is very big for me and I still can't believe it. Hopefully I can now go to the quarter-finals."
Earlier in the night, a "shocking" Mark Williams became the fourth member of the world's top 10 to go home early.
The two-time winner looked horribly out of sorts against the granite-like Mark King and duly lost 6-3, joining holder and world number one Judd Trump, the well-fancied Mark Allen and former champion Ding Junhui on the list of