Stuart Bingham: The real work starts now

Echo: Stuart Bingham - knows the hard work now begins Stuart Bingham - knows the hard work now begins

BASILDON potter Stuart Bingham has brushed aside all in his path at the UK Snooker Championship so far but he knows the real work starts now.

The 37-year-old moved into the quarter-finals of the UK Championship at the Barbican Centre by beating Irishman David Morris 6-1 in the last 16 on Wednesday.

Bingham’s strong performances in York come after he reached the final of the Champion of Champions event last month, losing 10-8 to world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.

And, as he prepares to face the winner of O’Sullivan’s clash with Robert Milkins, which was completed last night, after the Echo went to press, Bingham knows he must keep improving this week.

“I’m in the quarter-finals and this is where the work starts,” he said. “I suppose I’ve had not a bad draw, compared with some of the others, but at the end of the day they’re all tricky – they’re all good players now.

“I got knocked out last year by Ali Carter in the quarter-finals. It will be tough whoever and I will be looking forward to it.

“You aren’t going to get through playing your B game – you’ve got to raise your game. Hopefully, whoever I play, I will.”

The world number 10 went into the interval 3-1 up, despite not feeling at his best, and came out after the break in confident mood.

Though Bingham is pleased with his efficient progress to date, he admitted he doesn’t pay too much attention to the scoreline – so as long as he wins.

“I was lucky to be 3-1 up, I felt,” he added. “He had chances to be 3-1 up himself. I came out after the break and put a couple of good breaks together to go 5-1 and got over the line in the end.

“I suppose mentally it’s very good not to drop that many frames. But as long as I get to six I don’t care how long it takes. A win is a win at the end of the day.”

And, although he looks set for a useful payday, Bingham is planning on calling on a few favours to help with wife Michelle’s Christmas wish list.

“She is looking at watches now, funnily enough,” Bingham added. “So I’ve got to get onto my sponsor to get her a nice Cartier.

“She did send me a picture of a £30,000 watch and I was like ‘yeah, send it back – no chance’.”

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