Well, what can I say. I’ve had a couple of disappointing results in the last two tournaments. I came back from China having played well, and then practised very well leading up to Barnsley for the International Championship Qualifiers. I was going down in a good frame of mind. I lost 6-3 to Mike Dunn in Barnsley, and I need to give credit to him because he did play well at the right times in the match. I never played badly, but I can’t say I played near my best at all…it’s all part of being in a sport though isn’t it! I then headed to Germany for the Ruhr Open where I played the very talented English youngster Oliver Lines (son of Peter). I lost 4-2, and came out of the arena extremely annoyed at myself. I was very under par to say the least. So, I’ve been back in the club practising again and I’m back to normal now & feel like me again…I’m off to China on Thursday for the next Asian Tour event in Zhengzhou. I look forward to seeing my Chinese friends and fans again! 😀
I’m back from China after a long journey home. I played well over there but came out on the losing end to a Chinese player who was playing at the top of his game in our match, all positives because I really had the match won in the end and just got pipped. Anyway, it’s all hectic for me just now. I’m going to Barnsley on Tuesday to play in the International Championship Qualifiers on Wednesday THEN driving back straight after my match to fly to Dusseldorf on the Thursday for the Ruhr Open. It’s great nowadays, so many tournaments…exciting times. Just want to also give a shout out to all my Chinese fans that will be reading this, I hope you are well and I hope to see you soon!
I’m currently in China for the Zhangjigang Open (approx 2.5 hours drive from Shanghai airport). A long journey to get here, but it’s exciting to travel the world and see new places. I got a walkover in my first match so I’ll be playing my second round match on Wednesday (25th) morning at 10am local time. 3 in the morning back home, enjoy your sleep while I’m focusing!
I’m off to Germany tomorrow for the Paul Hunter Classic in Furth near Nuremburg. A great tournament for a great player! I play my first match at 08:00 UK time on Saturday morning. Have a good weekend!
Well, I’m back from Rotterdam and unfortunately it wasn’t the result I was hoping for against world number two Mark Selby. I went down 4-1. Mark lost in the final 4-3, maybe I could say that it was a tough draw for being a seeded player – but at the end of the day you have to beat everyone who stands in your way if you want to get to the top. Nevermind! Next stop = Doncaster… and it’s for the Shanghai Masters. It may seem strange when you read that, but it’s the qualifying stages! I play on Wednesday the 7th of August at 2.30pm vs Andrew Norman. Very good player is Andrew, but I’m confident. All results will be on www.worldsnooker.com & of course I’ll update the website when I get a spare minute. I’m off to the practice table now!! All the best.
I will be making my way to Rotterdam tomorrow evening (Friday 19th July) for the Rotterdam Open. I’m looking forward to it very much, and I have a fantastic chance to show what I’m capable of. I will be playing World number two Mark Selby in the first round in Holland, and I won’t be looking to just make up the number – I want to win the match and progress to the next round. Mark is a good friend and a fantastic player, so it’ll be a tough match. No easy matches on the professional tour though nowadays! I play on Saturday (20th July) at 13:00 UK time, and I think the first half an hour of the match will be televised live on Eurosport 2. Unfortunately the transmission ends half an hour after I start. So that’s me set to go now! I’ll post something after the game.
I’m so so so pleased for Andy Murray. It must have been unbearable with the amount of pressure on his shoulders, but it shows how strong the man really is. I’m only a 10 minute drive away from his hometown of Dunblane, and I might pop down when he comes back with the trophy. I know the kind of person he is, because I am the exact same. He just gets on with his tennis and let’s everyone do the talking. Well done Andy!
Well folks, that’s the Wuxi Classic over for me as from today. I lost out to Robert Milkins 5-1 in the last 16, although the shoreline doesn’t reflect the match I didn’t deserve to win that one. Rob was very very good. In the last 64 I beat Gareth Green 5-3 then had another real tussle with Jimmy Robertson and I came through 5-4! Back home now in a day or two & chill out for a few days. Cheers everyone for the support!
I arrived in China last Tuesday in Shanghai then got the bus to my first tournament over here in Yixing – the first Asian tour event of the year (APTC1). I managed to get to the semi-finals and lost out to Mark Selby. Not disappointed in the least though, I’ve been happy with my game for a long time…still happy! Another good wee run for me anyway. Next up is the Wuxi Classic and I play on Tuesday 18th June at 10am local time, 3am UK time…a bit early!! There’s a live scoring section on the website under the tournaments page.
The PTC in Bulgaria is over for me now, I lost in the quarter finals to world finalist Barry Hawkins 4-1. I had beaten two-time world finalist Matthew Stevens 4-1 in the last 16. I’ve had a good run so nothing to be disappointed about. China next, I fly out from Sofia to Shanghai tomorrow night (Monday) with John Higgins.
Thanks for the support!