Doherty runs O’Sullivan close in York
Tournament favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan survived an unexpected scare before continuing the defence of his UK Championship title in York yesterday.
O’Sullivan was 3-0 and 4-1 down to Ireland’s 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 would have been a huge shock.
Ding Junhui beat Matthew Selt 6-5 and Joe Perry beat Michael Holt 6-1, but Peter Ebdon lost 6-4 to David Gilbert and a frustrated John Higgins suffered a 6-5 loss to Alan McManus.