STUART BINGHAM said he was frustrated by his last 32 defeat to Peter Ebdon at the UK Championship – but admitted his opponent deserved to win.
The world champion lost 6-3 to world No 34 Ebdon in York this week to end his encouraging start to one of the season’s biggest events.
Bingham said: “Peter got in first in most frames and I think that was crucial because he controlled the pace of the match.
“He spent a lot of time deliberating over his shots and my concentration was not as good as it should have been.
“There has been a lot of moaning about slow play this week but I will hold my hands up and say Peter played some great shots and just played better on the day. He deserved his win.”