Pre-tournament favourite Judd Trump was knocked out of the Betway UK Championship on Tuesday night after squandering a 4-1 lead against Liang Wenbo.
Trump lost five frames in a row to suffer a 6-4 defeat against practice partner Liang, who goes through to a last 16 meeting with Tom Ford.
Breaks of 112, 75 and 67 helped Bristol’s Trump build a 4-1 advantage, but he made a series of unforced errors in the second half of the match as China’s Liang won the last five frames with top runs of 54 and 62.
“He didn’t give me a chance in the first few frames, but after that I played my game,” said world number 29 Liang, who is seeking his first full ranking title. “In the last frame my head was gone and if it had gone 5-5 I think I would have lost. To beat Judd gives me a lot of confidence for the next match.”
On a dramatic night at the Barbican, Neil Robertson scored a 6-2 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who missed the last black when set for a 147 in the sixth frame. Australia’s Robertson then made a 145, the highest break of the tournament so far, to go 5-2 ahead, and clinched victory on the last black in frame eight. He now meets Stephen Maguire.
Un-Nooh, who was unaware that a maximum break would have earned him £44,000, said: “I’m so disappointed. It’s a nightmare. There was a lot of pressure on the black because I had never made a 147 in a tournament before.”
Robertson, the 2013 UK Champion, said: “I’m gutted for him. The money would have meant a lot to him, it would have covered his expenses for the next two years. In terms of raw talent he’s as good as anyone on the circuit. I enjoy watching him and he reminds me of Tony Drago because he can pot anything or miss anything.
“I haven’t set the world alight in my three matches so far but hopefully I’m building as the tournament goes on.”
Hong Kong’s Marco Fu set up a match with Shaun Murphy by beating David Gilbert 6-3 with a top break of 90.
Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng made a remarkable recovery from 5-0 down to beat Mark Joyce 6-5. The smiling Thai made a top break of 68 as he won six frames on the spin to earn a meeting with Mark Selby.