Thepchaiya Un-Nooh is aiming to be the primary participant to retain the Snooker Shoot Out title this weekend, and is delighted to have the impediment of Ronnie O’Sullivan in his approach.
The Thai star stormed to victory in Watford final 12 months, making the match’s highest ever break with a 139 in the semi-final win over Jamie Clarke.
It was the primary, and solely, rating title of the 34-year-old’s profession to date and lifting the trophy was a particular second for him, however successful it once more this 12 months can be higher nonetheless.
The Thai Rocket has introduced his household over to watch the defence of his title, and he would love a shot at his ‘snooker idol’ Ronnie O’Sullivan as he tries to get his fingers on the trophy once more.
‘I’m excited for the match arising this week and because the defending champion this 12 months I’m going to carry my household to help me,’ Thepchaiya advised Eurosport.
‘This year it’s nice as a result of so many high gamers will probably be in, particularly Ronnie O’Sullivan, he’s my snooker idol, so this 12 months will probably be actually nice for me.’
O’Sullivan and Thepchaiya are the 2 quickest gamers on tour, in accordance to the common shot time charts, so the one-frame, shot clock format of the Shoot Out ought to go well with them effectively, and it clearly does the person from Thailand.
The champion says he has tried to sluggish himself down in apply earlier than, but it surely simply doesn’t assist his sport.
‘I’ve tried earlier than in apply to decelerate but it surely places stress one me, it makes me drained,’ he mentioned.
‘I try to concentrate on the ball, but it doesn’t work for me.’
Thepchaiya has come shut to including to his solely rating title, reaching the World Open closing in November, however falling to world champion Judd Trump.
He is working laborious to get in the winners’ enclosure as soon as once more, and it might effectively be this weekend on the Watford Colesseum.
The champion opened up the defence of his title by seeing off Alex Borg and will probably be again in motion on Saturday.
‘I still remember that feeling and hopefully this year I’m going to win once more with my household there,’ mentioned the rapid-fire cueman.
‘Hopefully when I win the trophy my mind can be stronger because I think it made me confident in my snooker career, I have had more belief.’
O’Sullivan will get his marketing campaign underway on Friday night in opposition to Alan McManus.