Indian Open: Zhou’s ‘maximum’ goes in vain

Zhou Yuelong produced snooker’s maximum, the 147 and a tournament record, but it went in vain as he lost 3-4 to Lyu Haotian in a first round battle between two Chinese 21-year-olds at the 2019 Indian Open held in Kochi.

Zhou Yuelong

Zhou Yuelong in action at the 2019 Indian Open world-ranking snooker tournament in Kochi on Thursday.   -  Special Arrangement

The Chinese were in a mood for big breaks at the Indian Open world-ranking snooker tournament at the Grand Hyatt here on Thursday.

England’s seasoned Mark Davis started the fireworks early in the evening with a 140 in his 4-0 first round victory over compatriot Paul S. Davison and later Zhou Yuelong produced snooker’s maximum, the 147 and a tournament record, but it went in vain as he lost 3-4 to Lyu Haotian in a first round battle between two Chinese 21-year-olds.

Zhou is no stranger to big breaks. At the event’s last edition, in Visakhapatnam in 2017, the Chinese had the tournament’s highest break of 141.

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Another Chinese, Zhao Xintong, fired a 140 in his 4-2 victory over England’s Sam Baird while Englishman Andrew Higginson had a 133 in his 4-0 verdict over the last Indian here, the 16-year-old Digvijay Kadian.

Zhou Yuelong

Zhou Yuelong produced snooker's maximum, the 147, but ended up losing.   -  Special Arrangement

 

A few hours before that, England’s Michael Holt, hungry for revenge after his loss last week to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the one-frame Shoot Out tournament, produced a century break in his revenge match but that was not good enough as the Thai recovered well to take the match 4-2.

“My ranking was just a step behind Holt at No. 41, now, with this victory, I will go one step above him,” said Thepchaiya.

Meanwhile despite the 4-0 loss, Digvijay, a wild-card here, impressed while giving the Englishman a close fight in the second and third frames which he lost on the last black. He led 68-20 in the third frame before losing 68-69.

The results: Lyu Haotian (Chn) bt Zhou Yuelong (Chn) 4-3 [60-48, 5-105, 118-0, 0-147(147), 65-46, 45-81, 74-40]; Zhao Xintong (Chn) bt Sam Baird (Eng) 4-2 [140(140)-0, 122-12, 116-24, 0-89, 37-103, 60-4]; Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Tha) bt Michael Holt (Eng) 4-2 [91-37, 89-14, 1-73, 16-120(102), 95-0, 87-28]; Andrew Higginson (Eng) bt Digvijay Kadian (Ind) 4-0 [86-53, 53-50, 69-68, 133(133)-0].