Gould drops retirement plans after win
Martin Gould ripped up his retirement speech after cruising into the second round of the World Championship with a 10-3 victory over ninth seed Stephen Maguire.
The 38-year-old was ready to quit the game after enduring what he described as a “dark place” and being far from certain of retaining his professional tour card for next season. But after wrapping up his first win at the
Crucible since 2011 over Tour Championship winner Maguire, which included four centuries in the opening session, Gould revealed he will hold off on his decision.
Gould said: “I knew exactly what I was going to say and there was going to be no changing my mind. But now it’s in the bin. I loved it out there. For about a year and a half I didn’t enjoy being out there, and when you’re not enjoying what you’ve loved doing for so many years it’s time to go and do something else.”
Barry Hawkins, the 2013 finalist, won the three straight frames required to complete a 10-2 win over Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher, then admitted he had been “getting a little bit sick of snooker” prior to lockdown. Four-time winner John Higgins trails Kurt Maflin 5-3 in their secondround match while Mark Williams established a 5-3 lead over Stuart Bingham.