Upsets and Thrilling Victories: Cazoo British Open Snooker Highlights

In a surprising upset at the Cazoo British Open in Cheltenham, Hammad Miah, ranked 113th in the world, pulled off the shock of the season so far by defeating Judd Trump, a 23-time ranking event winner, with a score of 4-3.

The electrifying match reached a nail-biting conclusion with the final black, and Miah’s triumph now sets him up to face China’s Ma Heilong in the last 32. For the 2019 World Champion Trump, this defeat extends his drought in ranking events, with his last victory in the 2022 Turkish Masters over a year ago.

The afternoon session showcased exceptional snooker in the first four frames. Miah displayed his skill with breaks of 126 and 101, while Trump responded with runs of 125 and 124, leaving the match tied at 2-2. Trump managed to take a 3-2 lead, but Miah fought back, winning a tense sixth frame to force a decider.

The final frame hung in the balance until a loose safety play by Trump provided Miah an opportunity for a long-range black, which he successfully potted to secure one of the most significant victories in his career.

This victory represents a peak for Miah since his dramatic return to the tour two years ago, a journey that saw him stranded in Uzbekistan due to pandemic travel restrictions. Narrowly making it back to compete in Q School, he reclaimed his professional status and now finds himself in the last 32 of a major event after defeating one of snooker’s modern greats.

Reflecting on his journey, Miah shared, “In the city, there were 300 Russian Billiards clubs and only one snooker table. After visiting many clubs, I finally found someone from Tatarstan who introduced me to a club where I rediscovered my passion for snooker. I want to enjoy playing and view it as my escape and not just work.”

In another intense match, Jack Lisowski faced Shaun Murphy, which also went down to the wire. Lisowski secured a 4-3 victory, potting the final black in a crucial moment. Competing on home turf in Cheltenham, Lisowski is aiming for his first monumental ranking title. Despite trailing 62-0 in the decider, he made an impressive comeback with a break of 63, sealing the victory. Next, he awaits the winner between Matthew Selt and Zak Surety.

Si Jiahui stunned the snooker world with a 4-1 victory over the 2010 World Champion Neil Robertson. Si, known for his impressive run to the semi-finals in last season’s World Championship, showcased exceptional snooker skills once again, firing in breaks of 66 and 107 on his way to victory. He is now set to face either Mark Selby or Tian Pengfei in the next round.

In other matches, Welsh three-time World Champion Mark Williams fought hard for a 4-2 win against former UK Champion Stephen Maguire, and recent European Masters winner Barry Hawkins beat Robert Milkins 4-1.

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