Sam Walker gave world No 28 Masataka Morizono a fright as he enjoyed some eye-catching results at the Korean Open.
The 20-year-old Worksop player, currently ranked 204 in the world, led his illustrious Japanese opponent 2-1 in the Men’s Singles last 32 tie before Morizono upped his game to win 4-2 (9-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3, 11-1, 11-4).
Walker had earned his crack at Morizono by defeating world No 129 Abdel-Kader Salifou 4-2 (11-3, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-5) in the previous round in Incheon.
In the U21 Singles, Walker made it through two preliminary rounds before being defeated 3-1 (9-11, 11-9, 11-13, 10-12) by world No 79 Woojin Jang of Korea in the last 16.
He and partner Omer Avi-Tal of Panama were beaten in the first preliminary round of the Men’s Doubles by a pair from the host country.