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2016-17 - Holding his own

posted 23 May 2017, 13:13 by Steve Canniford
Sam started the season ranked 46 and ended ranked 51. A drop of just 5 places was not ideal but he's still in the top 64 and it could have been much worse. Sam usually ends the season strong but this season he performed better mid way through the season. Good runs; in the Paul Hunter Classic before losing out to the World number one Mark Selby; reaching the last 16 in the International Championship before falling to Shaun Murphy, helped him remain on the top 64.

It has to be said the final 7 or 8 tournaments the results were pretty ordinary and no one knows this more than Sam. Even though he felt his game was in good fettle the results did not materialise. However, a solid 4-2 win over World No.2 John Higgins was one of the highlights of the season, thus proving that Sam can still raise his game for the big challenges. On more than one occasion Sam struggled to deal with somewhat indifferent conditions, a situation that maybe should not arise at this level even if it is the same for both players. Looking forward to the new season Sam has no expectations, just head down and try his best, as he always does....