Disappointed Deuel after narrow first Q School loss
filed on Friday, May 15, 2015. 16:36 PT/USA
Corey Deuel snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Event 1 of the 2015 World Snooker Q School, as the former United States National Snooker Champion let slip a 3-1 advantage to lose 4-3 in the round of 128 at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, England.
Deuel had been practicing at the Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield prior to the Q School, which has enabled him to invaluably prepare his game on the Star tournament tables as used in all events organized by World Snooker, the sport's professional governing body.
England's Jamie Barrett was the first hurdle to overcome in Deuel's quest for a two-year professional World Snooker Tour card, and despite losing the first frame 61-35 the American rose to the challenge by comfortably racing into a 3-1 advantage with the respective frame scores 68-35, 65-2 & 74(46)-11.
Deuel then had the opportunities to wrap up the match in both frames five and six, but only to narrowly lose them both on the final colored balls 40-53 & 38-53 respectively.
From such a healthy position, the disappointing outcome for Deuel was then confirmed as he was never in the final frame, decisively losing it 0-80.
In Event 2, Deuel will play England's Jason Weston, with the match commencing on May 20 at 9am local UK time (1am PT / 4am ET in the United States).