UK Championship: Ding Junhui beaten by amateur Adam Duffy

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the York Barbican
Ding Junhui
Ding Junhui won the UK Championship in 2005 and 2009
UK Championship
Venue: York Barbican Dates: 24 November-6 December
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Amateur Adam Duffy pulled off one of the biggest upsets in UK Championship history with a stunning 6-2 win over two-time winner Ding Junhui.

Duffy, 26, raced into a 3-0 lead and beat the world number nine easily.

A furious Ding criticised the playing conditions at the York Barbican.

Sheffield's Duffy, who is seeded 121 for the event, said: "I was confident going into the match because I have been working harder than I ever have before, but it's crazy. I am buzzing."

Ding's news conference lasted less than a minute and was littered with swear words.

The Chinese star complained about the table set-up and conditions and will be lucky to escape a fine from World Snooker for his rant.

John Higgins
Higgins secured the 28th ranking title of his career at last month's International Championship in China

Three-time UK Championship winner John Higgins had no problems coming through his first-round match.

The 40-year-old Scot, who has already won two ranking events this season, continued his impressive form with a routine 6-1 victory over Leo Fernandez.

Higgins is joined in the second round by three-time runner-up Ken Doherty, Mark Davis, Antony McGill and Sydney Wilson, who came from 4-2 and 5-4 down to stun Welshman Michael White in a thrilling final-frame decider.

Doherty, 46, thumped fellow veteran Tony Drago 6-0, world number 20 Davis beat Rhys Clark 6-1, while Scotland's McGill scored three centuries in a 6-3 victory over James Cahill.