The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

McGill’s high five se­cures Ding meet­ing

Scot goes nap to com­plete come­back against Welsh pot­ter Day

- BY CHAR­LIE BEN­NETT

Anthony McGill says he was forced to dig deep af­ter fight­ing back from 8-5 down to see off Ryan Day 10-8 in the world snooker cham­pi­onships first round yes­ter­day.

The Glas­gow pot­ter strug­gled for much of the con­test but won five frames in a row in a match low on qual­ity but high in drama.

De­spite be­ing the seeded player in this con­test, McGill was widely con­sid­ered the un­der­dog against Day – who has claimed two rank­ing ti­tles this sea­son.

How­ever, he now goes onto face Chi­nese pot­ter Ding Jun­hui with a spring in his step and smile on his face which was lack­ing for much of this match.

“To play well when it mat­ters is great. I love it here.

“It is a world cham­pi­onship, it is worth try­ing in. If you are not at 100% then you have given up,” he said.

“From the po­si­tion I was in at 8-5, I needed to win

“To play well when it mat­ters is great – I love it here”

5-0 or 5-1. I did not think I could do that with the way I was play­ing but I did play a bit bet­ter.

“That is what hap­pened last year. I played Stephen Maguire and I was 7-2 down overnight. I came back and I never set­tled – I knew I was go­ing to get beat ba­si­cally.

“But this year I had a bit more fight about me and it shows what can hap­pen.”

Things don’t get eas­ier for McGill, with a tough bat­tle against world num­ber three Ding, a for­mer fi­nal­ist at the Cru­cible Theatre.

“He is crush­ing guys like that and it shows you the chal­lenge I am in for,” he added.

“I should be go­ing home but I will be try­ing my ab­so­lute best. Ding is one of the best break builders there has ever been in the game.

“I am in for tough fight but at least I am still fight­ing.” l Watch the snooker world cham­pi­onship live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player with Colin Murray and anal­y­sis from Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

 ??  ?? MARCH­ING ON: Anthony McGill is into the sec­ond round in Sh­effield
MARCH­ING ON: Anthony McGill is into the sec­ond round in Sh­effield

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