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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Joe Perry says he has no regrets despite coming agonisingly close to pulling off one of the biggest wins of his career.
The Chatteris star led Ronnie O’Sullivan 11-9 in the second round of the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible but the five time champion produced an inspired four frames to win 13-11.
At 11-11, O’Sullivan made two centuries to clinch his place in the quarter finals.
Perry said: “The whole match I believed I was going to win. Even at 12-11 down I thought I could get back in to it.
“I have no regrets at all. I gave it everything and played really well. Unfortunately I was up against O’Sullivan and he is hard to play against in that form.”
Perry has had an impressive season - he won a tournament carrying ranking points for the first time at the 2013 Yixing Open, beating Mark Selby 4-1 in the final.
There were also semi final runs in the International Championship and Welsh Open as Perry worked his way back into the world’s top 16.
He said: “This will go down as my best season ever as a pro. I won my first tournament carrying ranking points and got back in the top 16.
“Now I’m going to have a few weeks off and will start practising again the week before my first qualifier at the end of May.”