Snooker ace, 15, is youngest to win world championship match

April 8, 2022
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Snooker wonderkid Liam Davies has against the odds made it into third round of qualifying for the 2022 World Snooker Championship just days after becoming the youngest ever winner of a world championship encounter.

The 15-year-old saw off the threat of Aaron Hill earlier in the week to set up a clash against Fergal O'Brien - who is a former British Open champion and has previously been ranked as high as ninth in the world.

Unfazed by the draw, Davies beat the veteran 6-5 to book a clash against former Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown - and a victory would leave him just one win away from a memorable Crucible debut.

Davies said after beating O'Brien: "I'm over the moon. Feels like the world's lifted off my shoulders, really.

"I'm just delighted to get a win in the end."

And now that the teenager has already surpassed expectations in reaching the last 80 of the qualifying tournament in Sheffield, the pressure is off as he prepares for his next encounter.

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Liam Davies has dreamed of becoming a snooker world champion
Liam Davies has dreamed of becoming a snooker world champion

He told Wales Online this week: "So far I've won two of my four qualifying matches to get to the Snooker World Championships and it just feels absolutely amazing.

"The pressure of competing at such a high level is just unbelievable, and honestly during the first moments of my last match my hands were shaking and my heart was beating out of my chest.

"It's a great feeling though, and something I know I want to make a career out of so it's a good first step.

Ronnie O'Sullivan of England plays a shot during his quarter-final match against Ryan Day of Wales on day five of the 2019 Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace on January 17, 2019 in London, England.
Liam Davies could even come up against Ronnie O'Sullivan

"I still have a long way to go, and while in the short-term my goal is just to become a professional snooker player, my overall goal is to be a world champion and get to the point where I'm ranked number one in the world."

At 15 years and 277 days, Davies beat the record previously held by Belgian starlet Ben Mertens by just two days.

Should the record-breaker beat Brown in their clash at 8:30pm on Sunday, he will take on the winner of Mark King and Michael White on Tuesday.

This post appeared first on Daily Star - Snooker.

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