Snooker Shoot Out: Michael Holt impresses on short notice while Reanne Evans makes history
Holt, the 2020 champion who made a tournament-best break of 116 in his first-round victory over Lei Peifan, beat Robbie McGuigan 37-13 in the one-frame event despite owning up to his lack of match preparation.
"Life's got in the way a little bit," Nottingham-based Holt told Eurosport. "I've been playing the least amount of snooker I've ever played in my life. "I had a few hours when I got the call-up, but you just try your best." As well as winning the BetVictor Snooker Shoot Out three years ago, Holt finished runner-up in 2019 and has now won the most matches in the history of the tournament. He said: "If you embrace the atmosphere and tournament you can enjoy it whatever happens. "You've got to enjoy the chaos basically, and fortunately I have done in the past." Reanne Evans had become the first woman to win a match in the event by beating Stuart Bingham in the opening round on Thursday. But Evans was instantly on the backfoot as Gary Wilson fluked a red to set up a 44 break, and the 'Tyneside Terror' wrapped up a comfortable 83-4 victory. Moldovan Vladislav Gradinari, just 14, reached the last 32 with a 42-20 success over Victor Sarkis. Another 14-year-old Riley Powell lost 38-2 to his fellow Welshman Daniel Wells. Three-time world champion Mark Williams edged out Dean Young 45-41, while former Shoot Out winners Dominic Dale, Martin Gould and Michael White all progressed. There were also victories for Belgium's Julien Leclercq - who rattled in a 93 break - Ali Carter, Fergal O'Brien, Tom Ford, Liam Highfield, Dylan Emery and Jack Lisowski. But Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, the 2019 champion, lost to fellow Thai Dechawat Poomjaeng 40-62, while Ben Mertens suffered defeat in the final seconds as Fan Zhengyi sank a decisive green.
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