UK Snooker Championship 2012: Luca Brecel Lost to Murphy in Quarter-Finals E-mail
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Friday, 07 December 2012 03:32

Luca Brecel with Murphy

Luca Brecel failed to convert two match-winning chances before losing 6-5 to Shaun Murphy in the UK Championship quarter-finals.

Competing in the last eight of a ranking event for the first time, Brecel led 5-4 but missed a pink that should have seen him go on to victory.

Murphy will play Ali Carter, who beat Stuart Bingham 6-4, in the semis.

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Shaun Murphy

Mark Davis beat Matthew Stevens 6-4 while Mark Selby came back from 4-0 to defeat Neil Robertson 6-4.

Brecel, who won four qualifying matches to reach the televised stages, was the only player from outside the world's top 16 in the quarter-finals.

The world number 74 made a confident start with breaks of 39 and 41 to take the opener, but Murphy edged a tight second frame before a fluent 122 put the Englishman 2-1 up.

Brecel levelled it at the interval and there was never more than a frame in it, Murphy nudging ahead again before breaks of 46 and 31 from Brecel made it 3-3.

He was on course to take the next with a break of 48 to the colours before going out of position on the last red and missing a difficult blue.

But Murphy missed a green to let him back in and Brecel, who earlier this year became the youngest to play at the World Championship at the Crucible, went ahead for the first time since the opening frame at 4-3.


The world number four drew level with a run of 79, but Brecel stayed composed, rattling in a 64 - his highest break of the match - to move within one frame of victory.

A nervy 10th frame came down to the final two balls and Brecel had a chance to wrap up victory, but missed the pink to allow Murphy to take it to a decider.

Brecel led 30-12 in the final frame but Murphy made 42 before getting a kick on the the final red. The 17-year-old cleared to the blue but left himself a difficult long pink, rattling the jaws to let a relieved Murphy in.

"The kid didn't seem to feel any pressure until the end," Murphy told BBC Sport. "I thought I was out two or three times to be honest. Maybe I have played my get-out-of-jail card.

"I have been in his position. He might look as if he wasn't nervous, but I am sure he was feeling it inside. But what a great week he has had."



Luca Brecel wins Rookie of the Year Award E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 08:51


Snooker world was shocked when they saw a mere amateur making his way into the opening round of the 2012 World Snooker Championship after earning four wins in the qualifying session.

This young Belgian potter, the 17-year-old Luca Brecel, broke the record of the former seven-time World Snooker Championship winner, Stephen Hendry and became the youngest potter to appear in a World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.Luca Brecel wins Rookie of the Year Award Snooker

Due to his superb performance in the 2012 World Snooker Championship, Brecel has been selected as the Rookie of the Year by the snooker governing body, World Snooker. Brecel has been quite impressive at the baize during the Championship.

Despite the fact that he lost in his first round match against Stephen Maguire, the youngster did show his talent which really hit the hearts of many top guns of snooker and they really wished him luck for his future. Brecel showed great determination in the final stages of the 2011-12 Snooker Season, which has put him in the emerging snooker talents of the present.

The youngster started his Championship campaign from the first round of the qualifying session after beating the Englishman Ian McCulloch by 10-2. In his journey to reach the opening round of the mega event, the young cueman had to take care of Barry Pinches, Michael Holt and Mark King. The Belgian talent will now be aiming to perform better in the coming snooker season.

Meanwhile, the four-time World Snooker Champion from England, Ronnie O’Sullivan won the World Snooker Player of the Year Award and the Snooker Writers Player of the Year Award after his outstanding cue performance in the recently finished snooker season.

O’Sullivan clinched two Players Tour Championship (PTC) events and three Premier League Snooker (PLS) events. Besides, the Essex Exocet claimed the 2012 German Masters snooker tournament victory despite his illness.

However, he also had to miss the 2012 Haikou World Open snooker event and the PTC Grand Finals due to the glandular fever but the Rocket proved his class in the 2012 World Snooker Championship and after four years of dormancy, the Wordsley potter was able to clinch his fourth World Snooker Championship title, which brought him on top of the game once again.


Luca Brecel lost to Stephen Maguire in snooker world champion E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 05:26


Stephen Maguire is convinced Belgian prodigy Luca Brecel is a world champion in the making.

Luca Brecel vs Stephen Maguire

Glaswegian Maguire secured his World Championship last-16 place yesterday with a battling 10-5 victory over teenage sensation Brecel.

But the Scot, gunning to win his first Crucible crown in Sheffield, insists the 17-year-old youngster is capable of winning the game’s grandest event in the future.

Maguire said: “Luca’s a potting machine. He’s one of the fastest players I’ve seen – and he’s fearless.

“Right now he has the potential to win the World Championship one day. There won’t be a 17-year-old in the world right now who can play like him.

“He’s the youngest ever to play at The Crucible and he’s a nice kid, he’s got everything going for him.

“Good luck to him, I just hope I don’t draw him in the World Championship next year.”

Maguire led 6-3 overnight and was always favourite to progress but the former Crucible semi-finalist knew he still had to finish the job with his opponent snapping at his coat-tails.

And although Brecel reduced his arrears to 6-4 with a brilliant break of 86 in the first frame of the concluding session, it was Maguire who made his experience count to progress.

Breaks of 101 and 94 took the former UK champion within one frame of victory and, after Brecel got another frame on the board, the world No.7 made sure of his place in the next round.

Upbeat after a promising Crucible debut, Luca Brecel said: “I didn’t play my best but I can’t wait until next year.”


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