News Release - Issued by the World Snooker media office
Fresh from the biggest snooker title of his career, Ricky Walden has turned his sights on the UK Championship in York and hopes to capture another major trophy.
Chester’s Walden beat Mark Allen 10-7 in the final of the International Championship in China this month, landing the third world ranking title of his career and £125,000 top prize.
The UK Championship at the York Barbican runs from November 25 to December 7, with all 128 players starting in the first round.
World number 11 Walden has twice been a semi-finalist – in 2011 and again last year when he beat the likes of Mark Williams, Mark Allen and Ding Junhui before being denied a place in the final by Mark Selby.
He has also been a semi-finalist at the World Championship, and while he is yet to reach the final of one of the ‘Triple Crown’ events, Walden believes his time will come.
“It was a great run for me in York last year, especially beating a lot of good players,” said the 31-year-old, who meets Steve Davis in the first round on Wednesday November 26. “In the end I just fell short of the final so this time I would love to go one further. If you are getting to semi-finals of tournaments regularly then you will win your share. I have got to the last four a few times now in big BBC events and I need to get past that hurdle. But at least I’m putting myself in the mix. A lot of very good players never get that far.
“I’ve won three ranking titles in China and when I play there I’ve got the belief that I can go all the way. I’ve just got to bring that to the events in the UK.
“I’m really looking forward to York because it’s a great city, especially in the build up to Christmas. The venue is brilliant, the tables play well and we get good crowds. It’s definitely one of my favourite locations on the circuit.”
The evening session of the final on December 7 is SOLD OUT and there are a few tickets left for the afternoon session. Several other sessions are close to sell-out so fans must BOOK FAST!
Tickets start at just £8 (concessions £4). All 128 players will be in action during the first three days (November 25-27) before television coverage starts, so be there at the venue to see the drama unfold!
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Date: Thursday November 13, 2014
Contact: Ivan Hirschowitz, World Snooker media office, 07766 656133
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