Sanderson Lam reflects on recent ranking events and looks forward to some key tournaments coming up.
Hello snooker fans! It has been a tough few months for me and the next couple are going to be even busier, with the Haikou World Open and European Under-21s coming up.
Over the past fortnight, I’ve played in both the China and Welsh Open qualifiers against two very experienced players.
In the China Open down in Gloucester I played Nigel Bond and lost 5-1 but I felt he played very well. I had a good chance to go 2-1 up but missed a simple pink to middle which cost me the frame and I never got back into the game after that miss. Nigel was really solid and deserved the win.
A few days later I went to Newport to compete against an in-form Fergal O’Brien who had reached the final of the Gdynia Open earlier this month. I wasn’t surprised that he played very well but I was unlucky in the fourth frame not to make it 2-2 when I had a thunderous kick early in the frame when I was in the balls. He made two good breaks in the last two frames to seal a 4-1 win. But I’m learning a lot from playing the likes of experienced professionals like Nigel and Fergal which can only make my game better.
I’ve still got lots of tournaments ahead and I’m enjoying every minute of it at the moment, having the opportunity of playing the sport I love, all around the world. It can’t get any better than that!
I’m back down in Gloucester on Saturday for the Snookerbacker Classic Grand Finals, where I will get a chance to win a free place in this year’s Q-School. Both of which are fantastic tournament for amateurs, so get joining!
Then next week, I’ve got the Haikou World Open, a tournament I can’t wait to play in, especially considering the snooker boom over there in China. I qualified for it back in December by beating Dave Harold which is the best performance of my career so far. It’ll be the first time I’ve played out in China and my parents are very proud, especially as we have a few relatives living in China. My uncle will be coming to watch, flying over from Nanning which isn’t too far away, and I’ve not seen him since I was little.
Then just a few days after I get back from China, I’ve got the European Under-21s Championship which is taking place in Romania. Busy times!
I couldn’t have done this without the support of my Dad and sponsor Chris Chuah from Eden Resources. I would like to thank Chris and the Eden Resources team for sponsoring me.
I’ve been working very hard over the past few months at my club, the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, who have been a massive help to me. Chris Williamson, the owner, has given me free table time to get ready for these big competitions which has been a massive help. I’ve been playing at the club since I was little and I think every player on tour would agree with me that it is probably the best snooker club in the world, with great tables, great staff and great food!
The club recently had an exhibition to open the Paul Hunter match arena with a new Star table, which was the TV table at the Gdynia Open, being donated by the Paul Hunter Foundation. We had an exhibition between Steve Davis and Shaun Murphy, who gave a few words, and had a huge crowd in at the club.
We’ve also had the table from the 2006 World Championship final, where Graeme Dott lifted the title, added to the club. I practice with Oliver and Peter Lines and David Grace, so would like to thank Chris Williamson and his family with the addition of these tables which are the best facilities out there.
All the best until next time.