China Open: Anthony McGill wins despite oversleeping


Anthony McGill is a frail winner of the Snooker Shootout – a match where being docked a frame would be more terminal to a participant’s hopes

We contain now all been there – the mad dread of realising it is possible you’ll well need overslept and contain a matter of seconds to win to work.

Anthony McGill suffered that sinking feeling on the China Open, waking up simplest two minutes earlier than the open of a match – no matter the 2.30pm open time.

“I wakened all the device throughout the night, practised for two hours then went encourage to bed at 7am,” the 28-yr-worn Scot said.

“The next ingredient I knew, my phone modified into as soon as vibrating. It modified into as soon as 2.28pm. It modified into as soon as (match director) Martin Clark ringing me.

“I got wearing 60 seconds and ran the total plan down to the lodge foyer. I did no longer even contain a bathe or brush my tooth. My shoelaces had been collected untied, it modified into as soon as admire a film scene.”

Unsurprisingly, McGill arrived barely leisurely for the qualifying spherical match against Nigel Bond and modified into as soon as docked a frame, however he aloof himself to compile a ruin of 77 to level at 1-1.

He slipped 3-1 on the encourage of however hit encourage to defend terminate five of the next six frames with breaks of 133, 100, 86 and 61.

McGill will face Stephen Maguire or Xu Si in the next spherical, presumably after a true night’s sleep. And a bathe.

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