Snooker: Giant-killing Duffy set for Swail showdown

Adam Duffy
Adam Duffy

Amateur cueman Adam Duffy is relishing the prospect of facing Joe Swail in the second round of the UK Championship after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history.

The 26-year-old potter, seeded 121 for the event, caused a major shock by beating Sheffield-based Ding Junhui 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Duffy raced into a 3-0 lead at the York Barbican before Ding, a two-time winner, reeled off two frames in a row. But Duffy held his nerve to win the next three and clinch a famous win.

World No 9 Ding, who has won 11 ranking titles and is China’s No 1 snooker star, struggled to hit top form and criticised the playing conditions after his exit.

But it was a sweet victory for Duffy, who was a professional on tour between 2011 and 2014. He lost his tour card last year and has been working for his father’s construction firm.

“Playing Joe Swail will be tough, but I am looking forward to it,” said Duffy. “In the last couple of years I have not been putting in the hours I should have done and have been punished.

“But I have been working really hard and been putting in loads of hours. If I do that I know how good I am.”

He admitted he was “buzzing” after beating Ding but added: “But I knew how well I was playing and was confident, and I pulled it out.”

Duffy takes on Swail, who comprehensively defeated fellow Sheffielder Joel Walker in his opener, on Saturday night. Swail compiled breaks of 68, 79 and 98 in a 6-0 triumph over Walker.