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Day Hopes He Won’t Be Put To The Sword By Hastings Battler

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Day Hopes He Won’t Be Put To The Sword By Hastings Battler

Ryan Day, a Crucible quarter-final in each of the last two seasons, believes that he faces one of the toughest first round draws at this year's World Snooker Championship.

The World No 6 from Pontycymmer in South Wales will play Mark Davis in Sheffield on Tuesday April 20 (10am) and Wednesday April 21 (10am). There are still a few tickets for these sessions remaining so don't miss out! To book call now on 0114 249 6006 or visit

Davis, from Hastings in Sussex, has had the best season of his career and looks set for a place among the official top 32 for the first time next season. "He's won a lot of matches this season and winning is a habit, so it's one of the toughest draws I could have got. But I just need to worry about my own game and not think about him," said Day.

The Welshman made his Crucible debut in 2004, and became the only player ever to make three centuries in his first match at the venue, though he lost 10-9 to John Higgins. He has since beaten Higgins, en route to the quarters in 2008, and got to the last eight again a year ago, but lost to Mark Allen.

Day has struggled for consistency so far this season - the recent Sanyuan Foods China Open a case in point as he beat Rob Milkins 5-1 in his first match but then lost to Stephen Hendry 5-0. "My form going into Sheffield is so-so," said the 30-year-old. "I had a good first round win in China, but then didn't sleep well before my second round game and felt flat at the start of the match.

"I've still got ten days or so before I play at the Crucible and my form in practice is good, so I will go there with some confidence. I enjoy playing there because there are always good crowds."

As for the latest rankings, which have him in ninth place, he added: "I've been in the top eight for the last couple of seasons and I hope I stay in there. But I wouldn't consider it a backwards step if I dropped out, I wouldn't be that worried about it."

The World Snooker Championship runs from April 17 to May 3.
8th April 2010, 18:04
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