Ding slams ‘too short’ format

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SHEFFIELD-based Ding Junhui crashed out of the williamhill.com UK Championship in York yesterday.

And following his 6-2 quarter-final defeat to Aussie ace Neil Robertson, he branded the tournament “boring”.

The two-time UK winner has been unhappy with the change of format at snooker’s second biggest tournament with matches up to the quarters reduced to best-of-11 frames instead of 17.

Ding revealed: “The matches are too short, I didn’t have any interest at all in coming to play at this tournament.

“I prefer the longer matches because they give you a chance to come back in, but you can’t do that very well in the shorter matches.”