Hammad Miah produced one of many performances of his profession to beat Judd Trump 4-3 within the British Open on Tuesday in Cheltenham.
The pair traded 4 century breaks in an electrical opening to the conflict to depart the scores tied at 2-2.
When Trump moved 3-2 in entrance, the previous world primary grew to become a heavy favorite once more to progress.
However Miah held his nerve and fought again strongly, ultimately profitable the decider on the ultimate black.
“It’s superb, as a result of I haven’t had a great begin like that in a match for a really very long time,” Hammad Miah informed the World Snooker Tour.
“It felt good that I used to be maintaining with Judd, as a result of generally you may give your self that additional perception which you could actually do it should you simply focus.”
“I simply mentioned to myself to take your time. There’s no level interested by your common shot time, there’s no level speeding round.
“Simply take your time and simply decide to the photographs. It labored, and I used to be pleased with that.”
Regardless of being ranked exterior the highest 64 on this planet rankings, Miah regained his tour card in Might due to his performances final season on the one-year rating listing.
However previous to that, the Englishman had a exceptional expertise in 2021 when trying to get again to the UK for that yr’s Q Faculty – a contest he ultimately emerged from with a tour card.
Within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic when many nations had been experiencing lockdowns and enacting journey restrictions, Miah discovered himself scrambling to discover a approach house having received caught in Dubai whereas on vacation.
“I’m so grateful that I used to be in a position to make it again, particularly after flights had been cancelled,” Miah mentioned of his six-month return journey.
“The primary spotlight of that story was, I used to be coming again to the UK from Uzbekistan.”
“However as quickly as I received to Turkey, inside these two hours of attending to Turkey, the UK put Turkey on the crimson listing.
“So now all of the flights from Istanbul to the UK had been referred to as off. I had to return to Uzbekistan to search out one other route.
“That’s once I got here through Russia, so it was very difficult however I by no means misplaced hope.
“I met my spouse prior, I met her in Uzbekistan earlier than that, and I used to be solely coming again to the UK to play in Q Faculty.
“Then I might have went again to Uzbekistan, and that’s what I ultimately did. Clearly I received married, introduced her right here, we now have an attractive daughter. Wonderful!”
Throughout his time away, Miah was pressured to maintain his cue arm lively by taking part in totally different cue sports activities that had been in style within the area.
“Within the metropolis, there have been about 300 Russian billiard golf equipment, and there was just one snooker membership that I discovered.”
“That’s after going to many of those Russian billiards golf equipment, and I’m asking the locals. Nobody is aware of what snooker is.
“Ultimately I met this man, and he took me to this membership, and I simply received the starvation again.
“I admire simply taking part in snooker, as a result of the best way I have a look at it now, I simply need to get pleasure from taking part in.
“Everybody that goes up the membership and performs snooker, they only need to get pleasure from it. They need to escape.
“That is my escape now, this isn’t my life or my work. That is my escape from the world. It’s the best way I’m making an attempt to taking a look at it, so I can get pleasure from it extra.
“I’m not making an attempt to assume that I have to win. I have to attempt to give myself a optimistic final result taking part in snooker.
“I don’t need to consider it as work, I’ve to do apply, I’ve to do lineups, I’ve to do ten hours a day, and all this.
“I say to myself, play as a lot as you may, attempt to get pleasure from it as a lot as you may, and whenever you’ve had sufficient you’ve had sufficient.
“Now I come to tournaments and I simply need to play nicely and revel in it – that’s all I need to do.”
Victory within the subsequent spherical, the place Miah has drawn Ma Hailong, would see him attain the final 16 and equal his strongest efficiency in a rating occasion.
Elsewhere on the Centaur, Neil Robertson and Shaun Murphy each bowed out within the spherical of 64.
Robertson was downed 4-1 by World Championship semi-finalist Si Jiahui whereas Murphy succumbed to a miracle clearance in a high-scoring thriller with Jack Lisowski.
On a frenetic day of motion, latest European Masters champion Barry Hawkins, Mark Williams, and Ali Carter had been among the many different high-profile names to advance.
British Open draw and schedule
(held over fixtures)
Robert Milkins 4-2 Jiang Jun
Judd Trump 4-2 Anton Kazakov
Ali Carter 4-3 Allan Taylor
Luca Brecel 3-4 Ding Junhui
Gary Wilson 4-1 Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Neil Robertson 4-1 Jamie Clarke
Mark Allen 4-1 Anthony McGill
Mark Williams 4-1 Peng Yisong
Mark Selby 4-2 Ben Woollaston
Ryan Day 4-0 Sean O’Sullivan
Kyren Wilson 4-1 Martin O’Donnell
Steven Hallworth 0-4 Jimmy Robertson
Shaun Murphy 4-1 Rebecca Kenna
Jack Lisowski 4-3 Joe O’Connor
John Higgins 4-1 Lengthy Zehuang
Barry Hawkins 4-1 Stan Moody
Tuesday, September twenty sixth
Xu Si 4-0 Ali Carter
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 1-4 Oliver Strains
Ma Hailong 4-0 Mohamed Ibrahim
Yuan Sijun 4-0 Ben Mertens
Judd Trump 3-4 Hammad Miah
Oliver Brown 2-4 Hossein Vafaei
Lyu Haotian 3-4 David Gilbert
Noppon Saengkham 2-4 Fergal O’Brien
Si Jiahui 4-1 Neil Robertson
Stephen Maguire 2-4 Mark Williams
Scott Donaldson 4-0 Liam Graham
Jamie Jones 0-4 Julien Leclercq
Robert Milkins 1-4 Barry Hawkins
Ken Doherty 3-4 Matthew Stevens
Jimmy Robertson 4-3 Wu Yize
Andy Hicks 2-4 Graeme Dott
Jack Lisowski 4-3 Shaun Murphy
Gary Wilson 4-3 Chris Wakelin
Anthony Hamilton 0-4 Xiao Guodong
Rod Lawler vs Dominic Dale
Wednesday, September twenty seventh
Ryan Day vs Thor Chuan Leong
Ding Junhui vs Liu Hongyu
Fan Zhengyi vs Ross Muir
He Guoqiang vs Muhammad Asif
John Higgins vs Robbie Williams
Mark Selby vs Tian Pengfei
Daniel Wells vs Ashley Carty
Matthew Selt vs Zak Surety
Roll-on / Roll-off
Mark Allen vs Kyren Wilson
Stuart Bingham vs Ishpreet Singh
Tom Ford vs Ashley Hugill
David Grace vs Sanderson Lam
Matthew Stevens vs Fergal O’Brien
Yuan Sijun vs Hossein Vafaei
Mark Williams vs Gary Wilson
Hammad Miah vs Ma Hailong
Roll-on / Roll-off
Graeme Dott vs Wells/Carty
Ali Carter vs Day/Leong
Julien Leclercq vs Ding/Liu
Oliver Strains vs He/Asif
Thursday, September twenty eighth
Scott Donaldson vs Higgins/R. Williams
David Gilbert vs Bingham/Singh
Xiao Guodong vs Grace/Lam
Barry Hawkins vs Allen/Okay. Wilson
Roll-on / Roll-off
Si Jiahui vs Selby/Tian
Jimmy Robertson vs Ford/Hugill
Rod Lawler vs Fan/Muir
Jack Lisowski vs Selt/Surety
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