Finally A Great start to 2017
Great start to 2017
After a very enjoyable Christmas break back home it was back to work on the tour with the first event of 2017, the China Open qualifiers in Preston, UK. A lot of work was done in the break and I had started to see a few glimpses of form. But you never really know where your game is until you go out there against quality opposition and under pressure. I was handed a tough draw for this event coming up against World No.12 Barry Hawkins. Barry was just coming of a semi in the Masters so he was in great form.
It was a great test for me and I think I played well in patches and my all round game was good on the day. I was competing well on the safety and scoring against a much higher ranked opponent. The key frame was the 4th when I was trailing 2-1. 3-1 would have been a big mountain to climb so I was definitely the happier of the two going into the break at 2-2 winning the 4th on the black. After the mid session and had a couple breaks of 70 in quick succession to go 4-2 ahead and I felt quite relaxed. I have had some difficult losses this season from favorable positions so I wanted to get this one done but I knew I had to remain positive to get over the line. I was able to do just that and secure my place in the Last 64 in Beijing in the last week of March.
It’s a very good win for me and hopefully I can build on this performance to finish the season well. Next up for me will be the Welsh Open from the 13th of Feb in Cardiff. It’s the last leg of the Home Nations Series. For now it’s all about staying fresh and sharp and using the next couple of weeks to get fit. As far as my health issues go, my neck is a lot better and I look forward to putting in a lot more hours on the table in the near future.
Until Next Time…