Luca Brecel will be youngest ever at World Championship after qualifying win over King

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Monday, 16 April 2012 14:49


Youngest qualifier: Luca Brecel is heading to the Crucible

Hendry, who was also 17 but almost two months older when he first qualified in 1986, also went through with a 10-6 win against China's Yu Delu.

Luca Brecel believes he is destined to win the world title in his career, and he will go to the Crucible with a fearless attitude, ready to take on anyone, even reigning champion John Higgins.

He said: 'I feel absolutely fantastic. I didn't expect this to happen this week.

"I didn't think about becoming the youngest ever at all, although I knew about the record. I believe I can be a future world champion.

'Everybody is following me in Belgium and it's just going to go crazy there now.'

The youngster made a nine-minute 147 break aged just 12, and has been waiting for his big chance.

'I went to the Crucible last year to watch some matches so I'll know what to expect,' he said. 'I haven't thought about who I want to play next.'

Asked if he would gladly take on Higgins, he said: 'I wouldn't be afraid.'

Luca Brecel is the fifth 17-year-old in history to reach the Crucible, after Hendry, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and Liu Chuang.


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