Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Yu Delu makes his mark

Yu Delu won't go far wrong this season if he maintains his desire to make a name for himself.

The 23-year-old Chinese potter was one of four players given a wildcard by Barry Hearn to play on this season's professional circuit.

It's fair to say he was the least established of the quartet, but, he's the only one still standing on the road to the new Australian Open.

Impressive displays this week have seen him beat Michael White 5-4, Joe Swail 5-1 and Joe Jogia 5-2.

Now, only Ryan Day stands between him and a date with Northern Ireland's number one Mark Allen in Bendigo. To make it that far in his maiden qualifying event would be some feat, but it wouldn't be the first time he's played in the last 32 of major ranking event.

As a regular at the Asian event wildcard rounds, he's progressed to the last 32 of the China Open three times and made it to the same stage of Shanghai Masters once. To get this far, he's already beaten the likes of Jogia, Rod Lawler, Andrew Norman and Mike Dunn in the Far East.

Beating Day would be his victory greatest yet. But win or lose, his efforts haven't gone unnoticed, and I now know a little bit more about Yu Delu.

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