Adam Duffy caused one of the biggest shocks in snooker history by beating Ding Junhui in the UK Snooker championship and the Sheffield potter admits he is yet to come to terms with his success.
Duffy, who is an amateur after falling off the main tour last year, produced the performance of his career to beat Ding 6-2 in the UK Championship first round in York.
A 94 break from the 26-year-old in the opening frame set the tone and he never looked back as he held off the two-time UK champion’s attempted comebacks.
But Duffy claims he entered the match full of confidence despite the long odds against him.
“I’m still in shock myself. I knew how well I was playing going into the game, so I was confident and I pulled it out of the bag,” he said.
“I’ve been working really hard and putting loads of hours in – I know how good I am when I put the work in.
“I thought he was going to come back at me. He’s a class player and it could easily have been 2-2 at the interval.
“Instead it was 3-1 but I still had to dig in and hope he missed a few, which he did.
“I was gutted to miss out on qualifying for the World Championship by losing 10-8 last year but took positives from that and learned to dig in. I’m buzzing right now.”
The defeat for Ding, who is based in Sheffield, continues his sub-par season but Duffy will now face wily veteran Joe Swail in round two at the weekend. Swail beat another Sheffield potter, Joel Walker, 6-0 with breaks of 68, 79 and 98 doing the damage.
And 21-year-old Walker admits there were no positives for him to take from the game.
“It was terrible by me out there. There was no reason for it being so bad – my safety was good and I created chances but I just couldn’t take them,” said Walker.
Another Sheffield star to leave York with nothing but regrets was Ian Glover – who lost 6-4 to Welshmen Jamie Jones, continuing his poor season.
“I’m playing terribly at the moment, I’m just trying to make the most of the game,” said Glover. “With how bad I’m playing I’m just trying to compete the best I can but I’m really struggling. My safety really let me down. I’m going to hit the practice tables and sort my head out.
“Jamie is a great player, he’s top 32 and to get where he’s got like the quarter-finals at the Crucible you’ve got to be a great player.”
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