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Ryan Day shows off 'unbelievable cue power' in 'shot of tournament' contender

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RYAN DAY produced the “shot of the tournament” on the way to a shock victory over Barry Hawkins.

The Welshman, 44, beat “The Hawk” 10-8 to potentially book a mouthwatering second round clash with Ronnie O’Sullivan at the World Snooker Championship.

Ryan Day lined up a shot on the green

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Ryan Day lined up a shot on the greenCredit: BBC via X formerly Twitter
He potted the green and executed an amazing screw shot

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He potted the green and executed an amazing screw shotCredit: BBC via X formerly Twitter
The spin on the ball left him perfectly positioned on the brown

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The spin on the ball left him perfectly positioned on the brownCredit: BBC via X formerly Twitter
Day beat 15th seed Barry Hawkins to progress

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Day beat 15th seed Barry Hawkins to progressCredit: PA

Fifteenth-ranked Hawkins became the latest seed to fall, with eight of the top 16 having already been eliminated.

Day, ranked No18 in the world, produced some memorable moments of magic on his way to victory.

Most notably he conjured an amazing screw shot to pot the green and leave himself well positioned on the brown.

Fans were left in awe of his execution, with many taking to social media to heap praise on Day.

One wrote: “Shot of the tournament contender from Ryan Day.”

While a second gushed: “Have some of that. When he’s in full flow, there’s not many better.”

A third swooned: “Amazing screw back from Ryan Day.”

And a fourth commented: “That shot on the green….wow. Unbelievable cue power.”

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Another added: “Wow where did Ryan Day pull that shot from. Ridiculous.”

A fan at home tried to recreate Day’s amazing shot… but only ended up potting the white.

Amateur snooker star tries – and fails – to replicate Ryan Day’s ‘shot of the tournament’

His attempt attracted the attention of 2010 world champion Neil Robertson, who offered a tip in response.

The Aussie, 42, wrote: “Don’t try and play the same screw backs that we have on the pro cloths. Unless you are using lighter balls or it’s a new cloth at your club it’s almost impossible to get the same reaction.”

Following his win over Hawkins, Day spoke of his delight at returning to winning ways at The Crucible.

He told the BBC: “Obviously delighted and it’s been a long time since I won a match here. Winning games here is not easy for every player.

“I was gone at 8-5 down and lost my way a bit. I’m 5-2 up, then 8-5 down, then five for me to finish.

“This crop of qualifiers looked on paper to be as strong as ever and with eight seeds going out it has been the case.”

Ronnie O'Sullivan could be Day's next opponent

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Ronnie O’Sullivan could be Day’s next opponentCredit: Getty
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