UK Snooker Championship 2017: Joe Perry pleased with tournament form
|2017 UK Championship|
|Date: 28 Nov-10 Dec Venue: York Barbican|
|Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 2 December.|
World number 22 Joe Perry says his form in making the fourth round of the UK Championship has been a “vast improvement” on the rest of his season.
The Cambridge cueist’s only ranking event quarter-final appearance so far came in the Riga Masters in June.
But the 43-year-old reached the last 16 at the York Barbican with a 6-3 win over world number 44 Kurt Maflin.
“I just haven’t seen a match through from start to finish yet,” Perry, a two-time UK semi-finalist, said.
“Luckily people have missed a couple of balls against me – maybe that’s because I have put them under pressure.
“I haven’t really been punished for my mistakes. But I am happy with the way I am playing. I am not 100%, I am not flying, but it’s a vast improvement on what I have been doing.”
Perry, who will play Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen for a place in the quarter-finals, took the first four frames against Maflin.
“The 4-0 scoreline got to me a bit and all I could see was danger signs,” he said. “I was absolutely in control but the interval changed everything. But I I have been solid in the frames I have won.
“Mark is a top player. If I stay good in my head, if he plays well and beats me then that’s that.
“He has a great temperament. He is pretty good at everything and has been consistent this season. You always have to play well to beat Mark.”