Bingham 0-1 Zhao (7-128)
This match has been going for 25 minutes and Zhao contributes 128 to go with 112 in the first frame. What can you say about this start? Bingham missed a pot in the first frame and played a slightly loose safety in the second. His opponent pierces his mind with two blistering centuries. Vital that Bingham does not fall three behind.
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Bingham 0-1 Zhao (0-57)
Bingham is short with a safety attempt to the baulk cushion and Zhao punishes him with a long trademark red. This spells danger for Bingham with Zhao picking balls off for fun. Again, he rapidly crosses the 50-mark with little sweat. This has the smell of a 2-0 lead for Zhao.
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A few results for you from this morning. A big victory for 2006 world champion Graeme Dott as he defeats fellow Scot Anthony McGill 4-1. Dott with breaks of 54, 86 and 110 to maintain his early charge after a similar result against Luca Brecel on Monday.
Bingham 0-1 Zhao (0-8)
Young Chinese player first to the punch in the second frame as he bangs home a red to middle bag, but just a safety to follow. He is looking very sharp.
Bingham 0-0 Zhao (8-112)
112 from the UK champion. Was never out of position in that break. Makes it look ridiculously easy and Bingham has to suck that one up. What has ‘Ball-run’ got in response?
Bingham 0-0 Zhao (8-97)
Well, this is immaculate from Zhao. 18 seconds a shot and he is already up to 70. Bingham misses an easy red and it is going to cost him the frame. It is the school of hard knocks. Can’t afford to miss easy balls at this level. Could be a century to get the day off and running. Magical cue ball control.
Bingham 0-0 Zhao (18-8)
We are off and running at the Marshall Arena for today’s action with Bingham first in, but he misses a red trying to remain on the black. Zhao responds by tickling a lovely pot into a centre pocket. Important to make a fast start in the race to four frames with a place in last 32 up for grabs.
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Ursenbacher reveals sad secret behind weight loss
Alexander Ursenbacher has admitted the death of his pet cat prompted him to unintentionally shed weight ahead of his shock 4-1 win over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the British Open first round.
The Swiss world No. 63 enjoyed a third victory against the seven-time world champion in four career meetings on Monday evening with O’Sullivan remarkably off the boil and contributing a highest break of only 45 in the five frames.
Ursenbacher did not have to perform at peak levels to progress with timely runs of 69 and 51 enough to seal his progress after previously defeating the world No. 1 at the 2019 Welsh Open and 2020 UK Championship.
“I have lost weight recently. My cat died in April and that helped because I was so upset I couldn’t eat anything. Then after that I didn’t put it back on,” he told reporters after securing a last-64 meeting with Joe O’Connor in Milton Keynes.
The former English Open semi-finalist said he was thrilled to claim the win with his mum in attendance for the first time at a professional event.
“I didn’t think my mum was ever going to come over and watch me because of her work schedule,” he commented.
“It surprised me when I saw her this morning, I was so happy and I thought there was no way I was going to give in tonight. I was really nervous all day, I was anxious and couldn’t eat.
“She’s the best mum you could wish for but that put pressure on me because I wanted to make her proud.”
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