Young Snooker Sensation Shaun Liu Makes History at BetVictor Shoot Out in Swansea

Shaun Liu (Picture Credit: World Snooker)

In a historic achievement, the teenage prodigy Shaun Liu emerged as the youngest winner ever in a televised ranking event match, triumphing over Ishpreet Singh Chadha in the initial round of the BetVictor Shoot Out in Swansea.

Hailing from Hong Kong and celebrating his 13th birthday in July, Liu surpassed the previous record set by Vladislav Gradinari, who secured a victory at the age of 14 in the same tournament last season. Liu, granted a wild card spot in the four-day Swansea event after clinching the English Under-14 Championship earlier this year, showcased his prowess with a poised performance.

Despite trailing 36-0 in the ten-minute contest, Liu showcased his potential with an impressive break of 44, proving to be the decisive contribution. Singh Chadha had an opportunity for a comeback late in the frame but ran out of time, trailing 52-57.

Raised in Hong Kong but currently residing in Sheffield and honing his skills at the Ding Junhui academy, Liu, possibly destined for snooker stardom, expressed his surprise at the win, stating, “I didn’t expect to win, I just wanted to enjoy it.” Liu, named after Shaun Murphy by his parents, expressed gratitude to them for their support.

Defending champion Chris Wakelin narrowly avoided a first-round exit, triumphing over Pang Junxu in a dramatic finish. Four other amateurs, including Oliver Sykes, Liam Davies, Alfie Davies, and Iulian Boiko, secured victories during the opening session at Swansea Arena. The clock resets for the next round at 7 pm on Wednesday night.

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