After a bit of a break Sam traveled to India to play in the Indian Open. His first opponent was Jack Lisowski and after a tight tussle Sam took the decider with a nice 82 break. In the next round he came up against Nigel Bond who was in good form. Sam drew level to make it 2-2 with frame winning breaks of 95 and 60 before Nigel played solidly to win 4-2.
Sam's best run of the season thus far came in his next event, the Paul Hunter Classic. In the first round he beat Daniel Ward 4-2 and in round two Gary Wilson 4-1, both in workmanlike fashion. In round 3 he took the first frame against Liang Wenbo, Liang replied with an ominous 116 break to draw level and took the next to lead 2-1. Sam's response was to reel off the next three frames to win 4-2. Next up Mark Selby, could Sam put one over the World number one and current world champion this time? After giving away the first frame cheaply Sam drew level at one all. Mark then took the next two frames before Sam pulled one back to make the score 3-2 to Mark. Top players have a habit of winning deciding frames and this was no exception as Mark rattled in a nice 85 to win 4-2.....there's always next time.
In the next event, the Shanghai Masters, Sam started well by taking the first frame. However, his opponent from Thailand, Kristanut Lertsattayatthorn was in very good form and with solid break building, kept Sam way from the table to win 5-1.....bad day at the office.
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