There’s no better feeling in the world than a winning feeling.
It’s great to be writing this blog having just qualified for the World Open by beating Judd Trump 5-0.
He’s the world number three and one of the biggest stars in our game, so to beat him so convincingly is massive for me.
On paper, it’s probably the biggest win of my career because Judd just doesn’t get beat like that too often.
Even though he wasn’t anywhere near his best, you still have to pot the balls and I felt like I finished the match off well.
I played pretty well and think that even if he’d played near his best, I’d have given him a very good game. I took every chance that I was given and was never really wasteful at all.
I’ve been absolutely blown away by all the positive messages I’ve received from other fellow professional, fans on Twitter and even Chinese snooker fans. Judd is probably one of the home favourites when he plays in China, so to get that kind of support is fantastic and makes me even more excited to play there at the main venue next month.
I’m beginning to build quite a good record at this tournament. I qualified to the main venue last season too after beating Marco Fu and then beat Ken Doherty as well to reach the last 32. Let’s hope I can go even further this time.
Keen to improve
I posted a tweet after my match with Judd about the fact that I was watching the game back. That’s something I always do when I can find a stream. I look for things I can improve on and there’s often as much off the table as on it.
As always, there were a couple of aspects of the match which stuck out to me and I’ll be keeping those in my mind for upcoming practice sessions and future matches.
As part of my aim to really kick on this season, I’ve started playing more regularly at Q House Snooker Academy in Darlington.
Since I’ve been there, I’ve been working closely with Mike Dunn. He did a proper coaching session with me and he’s always great at giving me bits of advice. He’s got so much experience that you really cannot buy, so I owe him a massive thank you.
Next up for me, I’m heading to Germany for the Paul Hunter Classic. I’ve got a couple of weeks to prepare and will be writing another blog before I set off.
Thank you for all for the continued support. Looking forward to repaying you all with a few more good results.
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