Snooker: King eyes second title at UK Championships

PUBLISHED: 10:45 08 December 2017

Mark King in action at the Betway UK Championships at the York Barbican (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

Mark King in action at the Betway UK Championships at the York Barbican (pic Richard Sellers/PA)

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Not having to worry about the bills has helped take Mark King's game to a new level as he eyes a second ranking title.

The Romford potter fought back from 4-2 down against John Higgins to roar into the Betway UK Championship quarter-finals.

King, who turned professional in 1991, only lifted his first ranking title trophy last season at the Northern Irish Open.

But the 43-year-old believes he’s now able to express himself on the baize following that success.

He said: “It’s nice to play without having to worry about the bills. I can go out there and enjoy it. I don’t have to win to pay a bill.

“If I had lost 6-2 and played my best, I would’ve gone home happy.

“I don’t drink or smoke, I just work my hardest and look after my family.”

King saved his best until last against the four-time world champion, producing a superb break of 69 to take the game away from the Scot.

Higgins missed two opportunities to take the win but King was able to keep his composure to clinch the deciding frame.

“I had a couple of bad shots at the beginning of the final frame. John had a couple of chances but when I got my first chance I just told myself not to miss anything easy,” he added.

“It’s nice to still be involved in the competition. I was pretty calm and confident in the final frame.

“I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss an easy shot. I told myself to keep positive and I’m delighted to make the break and win it.

“In previous matches I’ve lost my head but fortunately for me my head was good and I felt comfortable.”

*Watch LIVE coverage of the UK Championship on Eurosport and Eurosport Player with Colin Murray and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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