Amateur Sensation Iulian Boiko Shines in BetVictor Shoot Out as Top Players Vie for Victory

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Iulian Boiko, among the fastest contenders remaining in the BetVictor Shoot Out, secured a spot in the last 16 by eliminating Anthony Hamilton and is optimistic about his chances as he enters the final evening of the world ranking event in Swansea.

The Ukrainian prodigy, Boiko, considered the country’s best player at just 18 years old, turned professional at the age of 14 in 2020. However, he dropped off the tour in 2022 and is now participating as an amateur. His dynamic playing style aligns perfectly with this event, making him a genuine contender for the £50,000 top prize.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere; it’s fantastic, and the crowd is lively,” expressed Boiko, who narrowly defeated Hamilton 31-26 in a closely contested match. “Every day, the energy becomes more electric. With my natural rhythm and style, I rarely even think about the clock; I just play my game. My safety has also been effective and won me a few matches.”

Boiko, who has never been four frames away from winning a ranking event, is eagerly anticipating the upcoming evening, stating, “I felt in good shape coming into this event, and hopefully, some exciting results are waiting.”

In the next round, Boiko will face Shoot Out specialist Dominic Dale, the 2014 event winner who advanced by defeating Zhou Yuelong with a break of 61.

Among the remaining competitors, two other amateurs continue to make their mark. Welsh 17-year-old Liam Davies, overcoming a deficit against Dylan Emery, demonstrated composure with a late break of 28. Steven Hallworth ousted Alexander Ursenbacher.

Meanwhile, seasoned players like Mark Allen, Kyren Wilson, and Ali Carter are vying to become the first top-16 ranked player to win the event, each securing wins on Saturday afternoon. World number four Allen staged a comeback from 36-0 down to defeat Sanderson Lam with a break of 47. Wilson showcased brilliance with a superb 101 to beat David Lilley, while Carter successfully saw off Dean Young.

Other notable outcomes include Graeme Dott losing to Jimmy Robertson after a missed blue, and Si Jiahui eliminating Ryan Day. Hammad Miah concluded the run of tour rookie Stan Moody.

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