Perry pipped by Carter in the World Open fi­nal in China

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Fenland pot­ter Joe Perry came close to pick­ing up a sec­ond world rank­ing ti­tle in China at the week­end.

The 41 year-old from Chat­teris reached the fi­nal of the World Open in Yushan, but was beaten 10-8 by fel­low English­man Ali Carter.

Perry pro­duced some sparkling snooker in the ear­lier rounds, par­tic­u­larly in the semi-fi­nals where he made three con­sec­u­tive cen­tury breaks(132, 102and120) to de­feat good friend and train­ing part­ner Neil Robert­son 6-2.

But, as he ad­mit­ted af­te­wards, he wasn’t at his best in the fi­nal, the fourth of his ca­reer.

He did stage a late fight­back, com­ing from 8-3and9-5 down, but Carter was a wor­thy win­ner of the £90,000 first prize. Perry re­ceived £40,000.

Perry said: “I strug­gled all day, I didn’t feel com­fort­able. I was bat­tling against my cue ac­tion. I only started to play when the match was over and I made a game of it. But it’s the worst I have played for a long time and I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed in my­self.

“I’ve had a good tour­na­ment and pro­duced some good per­for­mances, but I saved the worst un­til last.

“Ali played bet­ter than me and made less mis­takes. I had more than enough chances.”

Perry, whose only world rank­ing tour­na­ment win came last year in the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship, had top­pled for­mer world cham­pion Shaun Murphy 5-2 in the quar- ter-fi­nal, Ben Wol­las­ton 5-4in the last 16 and Tom Ford 5-2in the last 32.

It was an emo­tional win for Carter (37), his first since re­turn­ing to the World Snooker Tour af­ter re­cov­er­ing from can­cer for the sec­ond time. It also moved him into the top 16 of the world rank­ings.

Carter said: “It has been a great week for me. I have­been through a lot over the last cou­ple of years so to get back into the top 16 is a huge achieve­ment.”

Joe Perry.

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