Highly-rated teenager Stan Moody scored his first win as a professional with a fine 4-2 victory over Zhou Yuelong to qualify for the final stages of the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open.
Yorkshire’s Moody, who turned 17 last month, qualified for the tour by winning the WSF Junior Championship earlier this year. He has had a series of narrow defeats so far this season but bounced back today by beating world number 22 Zhou. From 2-1 down, Moody took the last three frames with a top break of 108 and he goes through to Belfast to face Rod Lawler.
Stuart Bingham, sporting a new pair of glasses, edged out Ashley Hugill 4-3 with a top break of 117. Estonia’s top player Andres Petrov made a superb 112 in the deciding frame to beat in-form Sanderson Lam 4-3. Stephen Maguire was another 4-3 winner as he recovered a 3-1 deficit to beat Fergal O’Brien, firing runs of 126 and 100.
BetVictor English Open runner-up Zhang Anda top-scored with 100 in a 4-1 defeat of Si Jiahui, while Michael White came from 2-0 down to beat Mink Nutcharut 4-2.