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Jordan Brown Q&A

Jordan Brown sealed his first win of the season at China Championship qualifying, defeating Stuart Bingham 5-3 in Barnsley. The result will come as a relief for the Northern Irishman, who has put in some strong showings this term having received three tough first round draws.

We caught up with Brown as he aims to kick start his campaign following the victory over 2015 World Champion Bingham…

Jordan, how pleased were you to get up and running with a win over Stuart Bingham in Barnsley and secure your place in Guangzhou?

“I’ve had some very tough draws this season. To get Mark Williams, Judd Trump and then Stuart Bingham is pretty brutal. It doesn’t get much harder than that. I felt like I was knocking on the door, even though I lost the first couple of matches, I felt like I played well. Against Stuart it just all clicked. I was kind of expecting it to. Every time I got a chance I was confident I would take it. That was a great result in the end.”

You lost 6-3 to World Champion Judd Trump at the International Championship in Daqing, but put in a strong showing despite the result. How much confidence did you take out of your display?

“After the match I went back to my hotel room and thought that I hadn’t done much wrong. I played a couple of bad safeties and you just can’t leave Judd any sort of long pot with the form he is currently in. I felt like a result was coming very soon, so I am over the moon to get one against someone like Stuart.

“The fact that match was on TV helped me. It has given me a lot more confidence playing in front of the cameras. I am at ease in the qualifying venues and in a bit of a comfort zone there, so to get that experience on TV was great.”

How do you find the travelling side of being a professional snooker player?

“Well I must admit that I’m not the best flyer, but I am getting used to it. Part of it is also getting used to adjusting with time zones. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will be. Getting to see different places is great. I am in a privileged position to be able to travel to these countries and soak up the different cultures that come with them. I can’t wait to go out to Guangzhou next month.”

How much of a benefit has it been having a player like Mark Allen as a close friend and practice partner?

“It helps big time. I practise with Mark more or less every day of the week. I feel like I learn something every time I play him. I am in a superb position to play with someone of Mark’s calibre. We can sometimes do each other’s heads in , but it is great to have his company on the tour. These long haul flights and transfers to venues can be a bit daunting. He has been there and done that as much as anyone for a long time.

“Competing in the World Cup alongside Mark was a very proud moment. It was a shame to go out in the group stages, but regardless of what the result was it was fantastic to get to play for my country and to do it alongside Mark”