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Snooker: Paul Davison qualifies for Indian Open
IT’S proving to be a season of firsts for snooker ace Paul Davison.
Having never been down under before reaching the final stages of the Australian Open earlier this season, the Pickering potter will now visit the sub-continent for the first time in October after making it through qualifying for the Indian Open.
Davison beat Cao Yupeng 4-1 in his match at the Doncaster Dome on Monday afternoon, clinching victory with a wonderful clearance of 103.
The win brought revenge for the 41-year-old, who lost 5-1 to Yupeng in Wuxi Classic qualification in May.
“He qualified for the Shanghai Masters a couple of days before the game so he was in good form,” said Davison. “It’s always nice to get a result.
“I played a good first frame and won it with breaks of 65 and 31 and I played a reasonably decent second frame as well to go 2-0 up.
“I should have won the third but he fluked a red to get on to the black and then fluked a second red. When I came back to the table I needed snookers.
“He nearly got the first chance in the last but he missed a thin cut on the black and left me with one open red. I got it, split a few, and capitalised.
“It was great to do it with my first chance. It takes the pressure off. I have never been to India. I’m told we are about an hour and a half away from the Taj Mahal and I am really looking forward to it.”
Davison will play Welsh Open champion, and perennial top ten player, Stephen Maguire in the last 64 when the tournament gets under way in October at the Le Meridian Hotel in New Delhi.
The tournament, the first ranking event to be staged in India, offers prize money of £300,000, with the winner taking home £50,000.
Although Davison could have enjoyed an easier draw, he is keenly anticipating the prospect of taking on one of the game’s greats.
“Even his second game is good enough to put him in the top ten players in the world,” he added. “He is always making breaks and potting long balls.
“He beat me twice in Players’ Tour Championship tournaments last season and he is in good form. It’s going to be a tough game but they are there to be won and I am looking forward to it.”
Davison is next in action on Friday when he plays Matthew Stevens in the third Euro Tour tournament at the Doncaster Dome.
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