Nutcharut Shines in UK Championship Qualifiers, Jimmy White Faces Setback

In a noteworthy triumph on Saturday, Mink Nutcharut, the former women’s world champion and current US Women’s Open champion, secured a significant victory in the UK Championship qualifiers by defeating Adam Duffy 6-3. Holding a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval, Nutcharut showcased her skill with a break of 60. Although Duffy, a former world number 56, narrowed the gap to one frame after the break, he couldn’t restore parity.

Nutcharut, a 24-year-old from Thailand, clinched three of the remaining four frames, including a dramatic final black, propelling her into the second qualifying round. This triumph marks her first win of the 2023/24 campaign and only her second since turning professional at the beginning of the last season.

Her next challenge in round two will be against Michael White, and she needs three more victories to advance to the venue stages in York next week.

Meanwhile, on the opening morning of the UK Championship qualifiers in Leicester, there was disappointment for Jimmy White enthusiasts. The 1992 UK champion faced a 6-2 defeat against tour rookie Xing Zihao, experiencing a stark contrast to his impressive run last year.

In another match, former finalist Marco Fu from Hong Kong demonstrated resilience by overcoming a 4-2 deficit to triumph 6-5 against Michael Holt. Fu’s hopes remain alive as the UK Championship qualifiers continue for six days at the Morningside Arena in Leicester. A total of 16 players will qualify for the main event, joining the top 16 seeds already guaranteed spots in York.

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