Snooker: Last frame decider is nightmare for Walker

Sheffield's Joel Walker
Sheffield's Joel Walker
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Talented potter Joel Walker has expressed his disappointment at failing to qualify for next year’s Haikou World Open.

The Sheffield cueman, one of the most improved players on the tour this season, slipped to an agonising 5-4 defeat against Tom Ford on Saturday at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Walker, recently beaten in a deciding frame by Alan McManus in the first round of the UK Championship, tweeted: “Great match but came out of it on the wrong side.

“Last three matches I have lost all in the decider.”

Although he missed out on qualifying for the Open, the 19-year-old will compete in the German Masters in January after his comprehensive victory over world number 13 Robert Milkins last week.

Fellow Sheffielder’s Adam Duffy and Mitchell Travis fared no better in the Open.

Duffy was beaten comfortably five frames to two by Anthony McGill while up-and-coming amateur player Travis lost by the same scoreline to Pankaj Advani.

Indian potter Advani practices at the Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield.

Ding Junhui, who is also based at the Star Snooker Academy, eased through with a 5-0 victory over Christopher Keogan.

World champion Neil Robertson needed the minimum number of frames to beat Alexander Ursenbache as did Nigel Bond over Lee Page, Dominic Dale against Cao Xin Long and Gerard Greene in his match with Zhang Anda.