Favourite Judd Trump describes UK collapse as 'worst moment of career'
Judd Trump squandered a 4-1 lead in losing 6-4 to Liang Wenbo in the last 32 of the UK Championship at York's Barbican Centre.
2011 champion Trump lost last year's final 10-9 to Ronnie O'Sullivan, and looked to be coasting towards the last 16 in making knocks of 112, 75 and 67, but appeared to suffer an astonishing loss of concentration in a defeat he did not envisage.
"At 4-1 I felt in complete control and was playing well, but I had a kick and it was embarrassing towards the end," he said.
"It was one of those games where I didn't want to be out there any more. I didn't think I could pot a ball. I don't know what went wrong. It's worrying.
"It is probably the worst I have ever felt as a professional. I was never going to win. It was very disheartening. I knew something would go wrong. It was a horrible feeling."
World number 29 Liang somehow picked up the closing five frames in a 6-4 success, with modest top runs of 54 and 62.
“He didn’t give me a chance in the first few frames, but after that I played my game," said Liang.
“In the last frame my head was gone and if it had gone 5-5, I think I would have lost. To beat Judd gives me a lot of confidence for the next match."
2013 champion Neil Robertson was a 6-2 winner against Thailand's world number 36 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who blew a 147 chance when he missed an easy black off its spot in the sixth frame to trail 4-2.
"I’m so disappointed. It’s a nightmare. There was a lot of pressure on the black because I had never made a 147 in a tournament before."
His turmoil at missing out on the chance to earn £44,000 for the maximum break was compounded when Robertson rolled in a 145 in the seventh frame - the highest break of the tournament so far - to move 5-2 clear before sealing a meeting in the last 16 with 2004 UK Champion Stephen Maguire.
"I’m gutted for him," said Robertson. "The money would have meant a lot to him, it would have covered his expenses for the next two years. In terms of raw talent, he’s as good as anyone on the circuit. I enjoy watching him and he reminds me of Tony Drago because he can pot anything or miss anything.
"I haven’t set the world alight in my three matches so far but hopefully I’m building as the tournament goes on.”
Marco Fu set up a repeat of the 2008 UK final with Shaun Murphy - which he lost 10-9 in Telford - by completing a 6-5 win over Mark Joyce. 2005 world champion Murphy was a comfortable 6-2 victor against Ben Wollaston on Tuesday afternoon.
Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng won six straight frames from 5-0 behind to complete an astonishing 6-5 win over Davild Gilbert.
His reward is a last 16 meeting with Mark Selby.
Latest results and order of play
Martin Gould (Eng) 6-4 Mark Allen (NI)
Tom Ford (Eng) 6-1 Kyren Wilson (Eng)
Ben Woollaston (Eng) 2-6 Shaun Murphy (Eng)
Stephen Maguire (Sco) 6-4 Mark Davis (Eng)
Judd Trump (Eng) 4-6 Liang Wenbo (Chn)
David Gilbert (Eng) 3-5 Marco Fu (HK)
Neil Robertson (Aus) 6-2 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Tha)
Dechawat Poomjaeng (Tha) 6--5 Mark Joyce (Eng)
Last 16 draw (best of 11 frames)
Peter Ebdon (Eng) v David Grace (Eng)
Dechawat Poomjaeng (Tha) v Mark Selby (Eng)
Marco Fu (HK) v Shaun Murphy (Eng)
Luca Brecel (Bel) v Matthew Selt (Eng)
Last 16 draw (best of 11 frames)
Liang Wenbo (Chn) v Tom Ford (Eng)
Neil Robertson (Aus) v Stephen Maguire (Sco)
Martin Gould (Eng) v Joe Swail (NI)
Jamie Burnett (Sco) v John Higgins (Sco)