After his superb run to the semi-finals of the Indian Open last week, we caught up with China’s 19-year-old tour rookie Xu Si to look back on his performance in Visakhapatnam.
Xu, how much did you enjoy your week in India?
I enjoyed playing there. The hotel and venue were very good and the weather was perfect.
What pleased you most about the five matches you won?
My 4-0 win over David Gilbert was the highlight. I enjoyed the match so much and concentrated hard all the way through. I had a few good breaks and played well.
How disappointed were you to lose to John Higgins?
At beginning I was fighting so hard. The fifth frame was turning point, when it was 2-2. I had a chance in that frame but didn’t take it, and in the end I lost 4-2. I wasn’t disappointed to lose John, as he is such a good and experienced player. I just enjoyed the match.
How was the overall experience of India – did you see much of Visakhapatnam?
Not really because I was busy practising and playing. I wish I could have gone out to see more of India. Next time hopefully I will have that chance.
What are your targets for the rest of this season?
Just to win as many matches as possible and get to the later stages of ranking events more often.
Have you improved your game by living in Sheffield and practising with other Chinese players?
I have improved a lot since I moved to England. I always play against top professional players at the academy in Sheffield. You don’t get many chances against them and if you make a mistake then you lose the match. So I can find out the problems with my game and improve all the time.
How old were you when you first played snooker?
I was 12 when I started to play snooker in my home town local club. It was the school holidays so I went every day and more and more I enjoyed playing. I fell in love with snooker.
Who is your biggest hero in snooker?
Ronnie O’Sullivan, because of the way he entertains the fans.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not practising?
I enjoy playing computer games and watching films.
See Xu and many of snooker’s top stars at the English Open in Barnsley next month, for ticket details click here.