UK Open Run Gives Van Der Voort Hope

Vincent van der Voort v James Wilson
Coral UK Open 2017 Butlins Minehead Arena
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VINCENT VAN DER VOORT continued to play through the pain barrier as he reached the last 16 of the UK Open finals.

The Dutchman has been suffering from a long-standing back problem, which he has been working hard with specialists to manage.

Following his 2017 World Championship exit, Van Der Voort even hinted at retirement if he finds himself unable to cope with the pain while competing.

However, the former UK Open finalist was lifted by his run at the televised tournament at Minehead, where he defeated James Wilson, Ronny Huybrechts and Jelle Klaasen before missing out on a quarter-final spot in defeat to Daryl Gurney.

“It gives me a bit of hope,” said van der Voort. “It is not easy playing and travelling with this problem but it is something I have to manage.

“I had some good wins in the UK Open and showed I can still get results despite the pain so I will keep fighting until I physically can’t anymore.”