Is slow play killing the sport of snooker and what can be done about it?
For me the Wimbledon format is the one that works. You know, let’s cut to the centre table, let’s see what’s going on on an outside court where, you know, John Higgins is 4-1 down to a newcomer. We’re looking for stories, we’re looking for new blood to come through, we’re looking for those exciting moments which create news for us. And I think that is possible to do.
I beat Hendry in the Regal Welsh shortly after that match in the UK Championships so I was going quite strong at the time, but the politics within the game at the time were terrible. You could split the room and half the players would be on one side of the room and half on the other, and it was very bitter.
I’m pretty different to most Indian players because the strategy when it comes to India is to not take any risks, and because of the billiards background of most players the safety is so good, so tight. When you see a good opportunity to put someone tight in then that’s the first option. We’re like day and night from the Chinese!
He didn’t nominate what ball to take and I was entitled to question it so I asked the referee if it was a foul because he’s not nominated. He said no because it was clear what ball he was taking for the free ball so I thought ok fine and apologised, and after he took the free ball he was on the blue and taking the mick out of me he called “blue” to the ref and that really, really wound me up! He got me so psyched up that there was no way he was going to beat me!
My first tournament ever was the Ladies World Championship which was held in Swindon in 2002. I didn’t even know what to expect, how many people would be there or what their ability would be like or the standard or anything like that, so I just went there and played and obviously got to the semi-final, so then I thought maybe I can play!