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China Open Qualifying.

On January 24th I beat Andrew Higginson 5 - 4 to qualify for the China Open in Beijing.
The final stages will be held March 30th to April 5th.
Andrew is always a tough opponent and he played very well to beat me 5-2 in October
in the qualifying match for the Grand Prix.

I was pleased to be 2-2 at the interval as it looked like Andrew might lead 3-1.
I went 3-2 up on the black and lead 4-3 but each time Andrew leveled the match.
In the decider, after he missed on 8, I made a 60 break and after some safety got the few extra points I needed to win.

I now play Ronnie O'Sullivan in the last 32 in Beijing.
I always look forward to playing against Ronnie, whether it be a match or practice.
Its a great challenge and a chance for me to pit my wits against the World Champion.

Also in March I will have the qualifying match for this years World Championship.
I play on March 9th, the day after my birthday
and I can think of no present I'd like more than to play again at the Crucible.

Thanks again for everybody's support and interest and please keep sending all your e-mails.


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