Ashley Hugill eliminated from Northern Ireland Snooker Open

ASHLEY HUGILL suffered a second straight qualifying loss after losing 4-0 to Fan Zhengyi at the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open.

The Melbourne snooker star lost every frame to the Chinese talent, which saw him exit a ranking event before the main draw once again, following a 4-3 qualifying loss to Robbie Williams at the Cazoo British Open .

The first frame was the most contested of the four at the Robin Park Leisure Center in Wigan, with Zhengyi beating him 70-63.

Former BetVictor European Masters champion Zhengyi won 59-31 to double his lead before a 68 break – the game’s only half-century break – led an 85-0 win to put him ahead of the game. less than one of victory.

Hugill was unable to make a remarkable comeback or get a frame on the board as his 21-year-old opponent, who is his world number 37, finished with a 58-13 win.

Earlier this season, world number 95 Hugill finished with two draws and a loss in the BetVictor Championship League group stage.

Later that season, the York ace beat Belgium’s Julien Leclercq 5-1 to advance to the main draw at the European Masters, before suffering a 5-3 first-round loss to the 2019 world champion and winner of the triple crown Judd Trump.

Hugill is set to return to the qualifying table for the BetVictor Scottish Open, which begins on Sunday October 9 in Cannock.

The 27-year-old has already made the Scottish Open main draw three times, with his 2017 run to the fourth round of the tournament his best showing in a current ranking event to date.