Michael Wasley buoyed by 'biggest win' as Hamilton beckons
GLOUCESTER potter Michael Wasley will be celebrating the biggest success of his professional snooker career later today, regardless of results.
The 22-year-old will face Anthony Hamilton on home ground at the Southwest Snooker Academy in Quedgeley at 10am, with a place in the quarter-finals of the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy at stake.
A 4-0 victory over Ryan Day and a 4-1 success against Liu Chuang set up a tense battle with Norwegian Kurt Maflin late on Monday night.
After losing the first two frames Wasley roared back in style, eventually triumphing by four frames to three in what he described as the 'biggest win of his career' so far.
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"It's my first time into the last 16 of a tournament and I am really chuffed with my performance, especially as it came on home ground," Wasley said.
"It's the last tournament at the Southwest Snooker Academy and it's great to have performed really well there.
"Kurt played really well in the first two frames and I had to play well myself to hit back so that was really pleasing.
"It's going to be a tough game against Anthony and I know I just need to stick to my game and tactics as they've worked so far."
Wasley turned professional earlier this season and is enjoying testing his abilities against the world's top players.
He will jet out to Bulgaria on Thursday morning for the fourth round of the Betfair European Tour Championships.
And Wasley, who was trained by legendary Gloucestershire sporting figure Derek Ayland in his youth, is hoping that this current run can be seen as something of a breakthrough.
"It's a case of so far, so good since turning professional," Wasley said.
"Obviously there is the will to do better, but I am happy with how things have gone so far and hopefully this can be seen as something of a breakthrough.
"Snooker is an unpredictable game at the best of times and I will be looking to do as well as I possibly can and who knows what's possible.
"I'm straight off to Bulgaria on Thursday morning, so the pace of the tour doesn't let up, but it's great to be playing non-stop, they're only short tournaments."
As well as Wasley's match with Hamilton the 10am session at the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy sees a mouth-watering clash between two legends of the game.
Six-time world champion Steve Davies will play four-time Crucible winner John Higgins, while Selby will play Tony Drago.
Tickets are available from the academy, priced £10 for adults, with play starting with the round six fixtures including Wasley versus Hamilton and Davies versus Higgins from 10am.
The quarter-finals are scheduled to start at 1pm, with the semi-finals at 4pm and final at 7pm. All matches are the best of seven frames.