Young Sensation Liam Pullen Makes Mark at BetVictor English Open

In his debut on the tour, the young and promising player Liam Pullen achieved a significant milestone by winning his first knockout ranking event match. He secured a convincing 4-0 victory over Ahmed Aly Elsayed, propelling himself into the final stages of the BetVictor English Open.

Hailing from Yorkshire and just 18 years old, Pullen had initially qualified for the tour through the Q Tour. Despite experiencing narrow 5-4 defeats to Oliver Brown and Jamie Jones in recent weeks, the former English under-18 champion demonstrated his potential. Now, with a well-deserved victory under his belt, he eagerly anticipates his upcoming journey to Brentwood for the season’s inaugural BetVictor Home Nations event next month. Pullen’s performance was marked by impressive breaks of 70, 90, 55, and 74.

Meanwhile, the six-time ranking event champion Stephen Maguire faced multiple setbacks against Daniel Wells but ultimately clawed back to secure a thrilling 4-3 victory. His remarkable breaks of 130, 65, and 131 were instrumental in winning a fiercely competitive match.

In contrast, snooker veterans Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty suffered crushing 4-0 defeats. Hendry competed against Fergal O’Brien in a match where the combined age of the two players reached 105. O’Brien emerged victorious with a high break of 69, while Doherty was whitewashed by Jackson Page, who showcased his prowess with breaks of 58 and 56.

In another closely contested match, Scott Donaldson narrowly triumphed over Long Zehuang with a decisive break of 55 in the final frame. David Lilley secured a 4-1 victory against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, and David Gilbert exhibited his skill with breaks of 103, 93, and 105 during a 4-1 defeat of Dean Young. Allan Taylor staged a remarkable comeback by coming from 52-0 down in the decider to win 4-3 against Jak Jones, sealing the victory with a break of 65.

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