Ross Muir buoyed despite deciding-frame defeat

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ROSS MUIR was disappointed not to have an opportunity to clinch victory after being unable to pull out another final-frame triumph at the UK Snooker Championship in York.

The Musselburgh cueman beat Mark King 6-5 in round one at the Barbican Centre but, despite battling hard, he lost to Ben Wollaston by the same scoreline in the second round on Saturday evening.

Muir had raced into a 3-0 lead and fought back from 5-4 behind to force a decider but the Englishman managed to edge his way over the line.

The 20-year-old’s last four matches at a ranking event or ranking event qualifiers have gone to a final frame, with him now winning two and losing two. Muir praised his opponent for his error-free play at the death. “Ben’s played a really solid final frame, he’s not given me any chances at all. I’m disappointed but he’s done well in the decider so fair play.”

“I had a half-chance right at the start of the frame but it was pretty difficult. It is a little disappointing, y You’d like a decent chance in the decider, but over the course of the year I’m sure I’ll get plenty of chances in deciders. For some reason I feel like every single one of my matches are going to deciders. I think my last four in majors have been 6-5, I’ve played a lot of deciders this year.”

Muir will need to put his disappointment to one side as he gears up for the Gibraltar Open in just over a week’s time, where he will face 2006 world champion, and fellow Scot, Graeme Dott in round one.

But the world No.98 retains confidence after beating world No.38 King and giving world No.30 Woollaston all he could handle in York this week Muir added: “Every match I always take the positives and move on. There’s plenty of positives starting to show through in my game.”

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