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China Open Report

On March 20th, I fly from Heathrow to Beijing for this seasons China Open, sponsored by Honghe Industrial.
I always enjoy playing in China and I am really looking forward to this trip.
My record, over the years in China, has not been great,
but hopefully I can make up for that with a great run in this years event.
I have to play Cao Xinlong in the wildcard round and he will be a tough and dangerous opponent.
If I manage to win that match I will play Stephen Maguire,
who I played in the final of the Northern Ireland Trophy this season, in Belfast.

I am allowed to wear an extra logo in China, apart from my main sponsors, Povall and Larkins Spar.
Star Tables have offered me a deal to wear their logo for the duration of the event, and I am happy to do so.

I have already had a great season.
I have won a lot of matches and have played consistently well, which has moved me up the rankings.
With this tournament still left for me, It looks like I am guaranteed a top 32 position for next season.
The last time I was in the top 32 was the 02/03 season.
Six years has been a long wait and I am really looking forward to the challenge.
Who knows, maybe a very good run in China could even put me in the top 16.

I am really looking forward to trying to finish the season with a flourish
and maximising my points after a great season
and look forward to continuing the progress I have made.

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