Ding out to pot title hat-trick

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DING Junhui is hoping to make it a hat-trick of titles at this year’s williamhill.com UK Championship in York.

Sheffield-based Chinese cueman Ding, a UK winner in 2005 and 2009, returns one of his favourite stamping grounds when this year’s £625,000 tournament kicks off today at the Barbican Centre.

And the world No 10 knows he’ll have to be firing if he’s going to see off Welshman Ryan Day in their first-round best-of-11 frame clash.

“He’s (Ryan) a good player, but I like playing in York,” Ding told The Star.

“I’ve got lots of fond memories of winning my titles here. Hopefully I can do well this year.”

The event runs from today until next Sunday.