Davis becomes youngest World Championship winner


Earlier this week, Liam Davies became the youngest world Championship winner in history.He beat veteran John O ‘Brien 6-5 in the second qualifying round on Thursday night and is now just two wins away from the crucible stage.Welshman Davies, who turns 16 in June, set a new record in the event’s 95-year history by beating Hill in the first round in Sheffield.His match against former English Open champion O ‘Brien began on Thursday morning and he led 5-4 at the end of regulation time.They had to wait until the other two players played late into the night before O ‘Brien won the 10th game of a 51-minute dogfight 5-5.But Davis dominated in the equally lengthy decider, which lasted about 42 minutes, and played a fluid attacking game.He will face Jordan Brown on Saturday night.”I’m over the moon,” said Liam Davies, from Tridega.He recently reached the semi-finals of the WSF Junior Championships in Sheffield and qualified as “one of the 16 amateurs offered by the WPBSA”.”It felt like the sky was falling off my shoulders.When he came back 5-5, I thought ‘here we go’, so I was happy to win the last set.I took a chance on some great long-range shots in the last set.If they didn’t go in, I’d be asked ‘What are you doing, you idiot!But thankfully, they all went down and I’m through to the next round.””I had a hotel reservation this morning, so I went back to the hotel this afternoon and checked in and slept for a few hours because I knew we were going to play late tonight.I’m glad I have a day off tomorrow.””After winning my first race, I didn’t know I had become the youngest winner.I was checking Facebook when I saw the news.I’m trying not to think about how I’m going to get into the race at the Crucible, I’m just trying to stay in the moment and take control of the race in front of me.If you start thinking about winning all the time, that’s when the pressure comes on, and that’s when the bad things start.I’m very grateful to Coach Lee Walker because he’s been with me from the beginning and I wouldn’t be here without him.”The result means veteran Irishman O ‘Brien has been relegated from the tour and will have to play at a lower level at the Q-school if he is to retain his professional credentials.

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