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Welsh Open Qualifying.

On February 6th I beat Ricky Walden 5-1 to qualify for the final stages of the Welsh Open,
to be played in Newport February 16th to 22th.
This was a great result for me as Ricky has been in fantastic form all season,
highlighted by his winning the Shanghai Masters and moving rapidly up the rankings
and on the verge of breaking into the Top 16.

The first frame was a great frame for me to win as Ricky had made a break of 67 but I managed to clear up with a 51.
At 3-0 I won another important frame on the blue after Ricky had earlier made a 50 break to make it 4-0.
He came back after the interval to make it 4-1 but in the next I got a chance
and made a 71 break to clinch the match 5-1.

I now play Marco Fu on February 18th in the last 32 in Newport.
This will be a tough match but I am happy with my game and feeling confident and really looking forward to going to the venue.
During the week I will play Michael Judge, who also qualified for Newport, to sharpen up my game.

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