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Snooker: Paul Davison eager to line up top clash
TWO-TIME world champion Mark Williams stands between potter Paul Davison and a big pay day.
The Pickering snooker player boards a plane to the Far East to play the Welsh potting machine in the last 64 of the International Championship, in Chengdu, China, on Monday.
Despite both having been in the professional game for two decades, the clash will be the first time the pair have met in an officially sanctioned World Snooker event.
And the 42-year-old Davison, currently enjoying a productive season which has also seen him qualify for venue stages of tournaments in Australia and India, says he can’t wait to meet a legend of the game on the baize.
“I am really looking forward to it,” Davison said.
“I did play him in a best-of-three in Prestatyn 20 years ago but I’ve never played him in a ranking event.
“You don’t know whether he is winning or losing – it’s the same expression – and he has had some good recent results.
“Anyone is beatable. He’s the favourite but my own game is in good form and I fancy doing the job.”
Reflecting on his exertions in last week’s Indian Open, where Davison beat wildcard Faisal Khan 4-1 before losing by the same score to Stephen Maguire, he added: “I played decently and did what I had to do (against Khan).
“These wild card matches are not the easiest. You are on a hiding to nothing but I put in a good performance.
“Maguire played great. I didn’t really play as well as I should have done but he had a 68 and a couple of 70s and an 83, which is good scoring in a best of seven.
“I potted some good balls in the first frame and they kept running awkwardly. After that he just punished me in the last three frames.”
Davison is now feverishly putting the finishing touches to his match practice before jetting off to China knowing he has already beaten a host of top-40 players this season, including Mark King, Anthony Hamilton and Dominic Dale.
Williams is a tough draw for Davison, but he said: “I expect him to play well but I don’t expect him to punish me as heavily as Maguire did.
“You know with Mark Williams that he can make 100 but I am playing well and the match is over the best of 11 frames, which is better than a Euro Tour event.
“Ronnie O’Sullivan is playing in this event as well so, hopefully, the crowds will be a little bit better. I am looking forward to it.”
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