Ryan seizes the Day to reach last eight
RYAN Day claims he seized the moment during his UK Snooker Championship fourth round comeback against Li Hang.
The Bridgend potter was staring down the barrel after the Chinese cueman blazed into a 4-2 lead.
But the 37-year-old thundered back and rattled off a remarkable break of 138 in the final frame to clinch a superb 6-5 victory.
It’s the first time Day has ever made the quarter-finals of the Betway UK Championship and the Welshman was proud of his own steely determination.
He said: “It’s a tremendous feeling. I had to dig in and work hard. My game wasn’t quite there but I’m happy with the way I stuck in.
“I made a great break in the last frame. It was a bit of a sickener not to do it in the frame before but overall I’m happy in the win. I had a bit of steeliness, I gave every shot 100 per cent. It wasn’t eas,y but I seized the moment.
“It was a blow going 4-2 down, but I knew he needed two more frames. I don’t know if he thought he had broken my will but I wasn’t prepared to give up.”
Upsets have been the order of the day on the baize in York, as all of the top four seeds have crashed out.
And Day believes there’s no fear factor amongst the lower ranked players when it comes to facing the world’s best.
He said: “There’s not as much fear amongst the lower ranked players because we have so many tournaments. I think that’s why we see so many seeds getting knocked out.
“These guys get to play against the top names far more frequently and when they come up against them they don’t fear them anymore.”
Day’s first ranking title of his career came at the Riga Masters at the start of the season and is hoping he can double his silverware haul at the UK Championship.
He said: “It has been a good season but Riga was a long time ago. I’ve had two months of cue issues since.”
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