First UK Championship win for snooker star Burden
PUBLISHED: 09:13 26 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:19 26 November 2014
Alfie Burden insists he is not daunted by the prospect of facing an in-form Stuart Bingham in the second round of the UK Snooker Championship in York.
Welwyn Garden City’s Burden notched his first ever win at the UK Championship on the opening night, bouncing back from a slow start to beat Chris Wakelin 6-4 at the Barbican.
And next up lies a tough test against Bingham – the Shanghai Masters champion who began his campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon.
But Burden insists he is quietly confident of pulling one over a man with an excellent recent record at the UK Championship on Sunday evening.
“It has never worried me who I play – I know Bingham, I’ve played him a good few times and I’ve beaten him a few times, so I’ll just concentrate on myself,” he said.
“Stuart is a top player but I feel like if I play my game I can compete with the top players – obviously I’m just not doing it at the moment.
“I know I need to win but if you look too far ahead and start worrying about dropping off the tour or this and that – you can just do your own brain in.
“It’s a start – had I lost that it would have been a massive defeat. I was under a lot of pressure there.
“I’m pleased to produce some good snooker at the end of the match under pressure.
“It is a start but one win is nothing to write home about – I need to chalk a few wins up and see what happens.
“I will go home now, have a few days practice and come back confident of getting a result.”
For Burden it is as much about picking up wins to breed confidence as it is about finally getting a monkey off his back at the Barbican in York.
And after breaking his UK Championship duck, the 37-year-old is hoping to be free from the curse.
He added: “It’s not been a good tournament for me over the years – I’ve done not bad in the World Championship and got to the Crucible.
“I always seem to do alright at the worlds but the UKs has been a bit of a bogey tournament for me, so it’s lovely to win.
“It’s a great venue, a nice arena that I enjoy playing in, so it’s good to get a win. We’ll see what happens on Sunday.”
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