Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Higginson positive despite patchy campaign

Andrew Higginson is in upbeat mood and is focusing on his strong finish to the year to help inspire him to eventually claim a top-16 place.

Widnes' top cueman has had a mixed campaign and despite being short of the elite ranking places by three spots, the 34-year-old is satisfied with most of his performances.

A 4-1 triumph over John Higgins in the fifth Players Tour Championship event is the stand out highlight for the 2007 Welsh Open finalist in the current campaign, a result that handed Higginson his first professional title in his 16-year career. Those looking at the latest snooker odds will be wondering if he can push on.

"Looking back on the first half of the season overall, I'm very pleased with my consistency," Higginson told World Snooker.

"I've won at least one match in every tournament except the UK, including all 12 PTC events, and I don't think there are many other players who have done that. Plus I've won a PTC event and put myself in a good position in the rankings."

After failing to make the 2011 World Championship with defeat in the final qualifying round against Andrew Pagett, Higginson will be desperate to go one better in 2012.

After losing to Shaun Murphy at the Australian Open and Mark Williams in Shanghai this year, Higginson insisted he would do everything in his power to ensure his performances improved on the big stages.

"The disappointing thing is that I haven't performed well at the main venues," he added. "While there are no easy draws, some are tougher than others. That's been the only downside and it's something I am looking to improve on next year.

"I will be setting some New Year resolutions, but the main aim will just be to keep going with the same level of consistency."

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