Chris Keogan 5-4 Keith Holgate

Chris Keogan 5-4 Keith Holgate

Chris Keogan came back from 2-0 and 4-3 down to win his round one match in dramatic style.

Keith Holgate started the brighter of the two and opened up a 2-0 lead.  He had a good chance to make it 3-0 but Keogan potted yellow through pink to pinch the frame and make it 2-1.

Keogan then won the fourth but Holgate took the fifth to lead 3-2.  At this point, with the time approaching 10pm, the host offered to make it best of 7.  Keogan declined the offer and he will be very glad he did.  He won the next to make it 3-3 but Holgate dug in to win the next.

Up until the eighth frame the highest break had been a modest 42 from Holgate.  Then, from absolutely nowhere, Keogan produced an awesome 106 break.

Keogan must surely have felt the more confident going into the deciding frame and it showed as he produced more fluent breakbuilding to ease over the line just before 11pm.

Keogan had a long journey home but he will be pleased with the win and he can now look forward to a tough match against Kyren Wilson in the last 16.

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