Mitchell Travis
Mitchell Travis registered a seismic shock at the williamhill.com UK Championship by beating world number six Marco Fu 6-5.

 

By Mark Rawlinson

 

Sheffield's 21-year-old Travis is one of seven amateurs handed entry into this event thanks to their performances in Q School last May, as seven professionals did not enter the tournament. And he grabbed his opportunity with both hands to score one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament.

 

Hong Kong's Fu has been in the form of his life this season, winning the Australian Goldfields Open and reaching the final of the International Championship. And he led 2-0, 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 during the match, his top break 65, but could not shake off gritty Travis. The Yorkshire cueman won the tenth frame then made a 43 early in the decider. Fu got back into the frame and trailed 37-49 on the colours. But Travis fluked a snooker then potted yellow, green and brown for victory.

 

A delighted Travis said: "I haven't got words for that yet, it's the biggest win of my life. Before the match I knew I had nothing to lose. I came here as a rank outsider and thought as long as I don't make myself look like a muppet, I'll enjoy it.  I was 2-0 down and went to the toilet and just had a word with myself to just play my natural game and not to put pressure on myself and luckily I came through.

 

"The venue was absolutely marvellous and it was a dream come true to play here, I'll never forget it. My dad Gary and my granddad Terry were both in the crowd watching and they've both taught me how to play since I was three years old. This result goes to them."

 

He'll play Kurt Maflin in the next round on Monday after the Norwegian defeated Liam Highfield 6-4, with top breaks of 80, 83 and 72.

 

Robert Milkins continued his pursuit of a place at the Masters with a 6-3 win over German Patrick Einsle. Milkins, who is currently ranked at number 14 in the world, needs a good run this week to guarantee his spot at Alexandra Palace.

 

Mark Davis also secured his place in the second round with a 6-2 win over Finland's Robin Hull. Davis, who reached the semi-finals last year, hit top breaks of 80, 81 and 75.

 

Chester's Ricky Walden will meet Peter Lines in the last 64, after whitewashing Cao Xin Long 6-0.