Ryan seizes the Day to reach last eight

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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.”

Watch LIVE cov­er­age of the UK Cham­pi­onship on Eu­rosport and Eu­rosport Player with Colin Mur­ray and anal­y­sis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds

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