Joe Perry blasts ‘negative’ Robbie Williams after suffering shock UK Snooker Championship exit
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Chatteris snooker player Joe Perry criticised his opponent after he suffered a shock second-round exit in the UK Snooker Championship.
The world number ten became the second-highest ranked player to be knocked out of the Betway UK Championship as he went down 6-3 against Robbie Williams on Saturday night.
Perry responded to his shock loss with anger, saying he was “bored” with Williams’ tactics.
He told World Snooker: “It was honestly the most bored I’ve been in a snooker match. I don’t want to be too disrespectful but what do you get out of playing like that? I was bored after two frames. It’s a massive event and I know he’s trying hard and good luck to him.
“I remember somebody once said watching a game of snooker was like pulling teeth and that was worse. The style and speed of play was a joke. It’s something the game needs to address if we’re going to get new fans and sponsors.”
Williams, ranked 56 in the world, won the last three frames with the game evenly poised at 3-3 to set up a round three tie with Matthew Selt, which he lost.
Perry chalked up breaks of 69 and 101 as he fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2, and added a 59 break to make it 3-3 before Williams won three frames in a row to seal the victory.