John Higgins has greater than sufficient expertise to take care of defeats (Picture: Getty Images)John Higgins is just not getting down over the painful defeats he has suffered in recent times, saying he has been coping with stinging losses his complete profession, so it’s nothing new at 48 years outdated.
The four-time world champion continues to be going robust as he edges nearer to 50, ranked quantity 10 on this planet and already handing over some good performances up to now this season, notably reaching the European Masters semi-finals.
It was on the Nuremberg occasion that he suffered a tricky loss, although, dropping 6-5 to Judd Trump within the semis after main 5-4.
He additionally squandered a 5-2 lead over Ronnie O’Sullivan on the Shanghai masters, dropping 6-5 to the Rocket from a commanding place.
Higgins continues to be profitable loads of matches, however these type of defeats have been memorable in recent times, dropping out within the 2021 Northern Ireland and English Opens in deciding frames after main, then spurning a 9-4 lead within the 2022 Tour Championship closing to lose 10-9 to Neil Robertson.
The Scot is off and working this week on the English Open, beating Marco Fu and James Cahill to make the third spherical, and he says the disappointing losses of late are nothing new and never getting him down…a minimum of not for lengthy.
‘You’re by no means okay coping with them, you’re at all times just a little bit pig sick when you concentrate on it for a few days after,’ he mentioned. ‘But pay attention, I’ve had painful defeats all through my complete profession, it’s not simply now.
‘People could be pondering it’s simply within the later a part of my profession, however I’ve had painful defeats in semi-finals of the Worlds, Nigel Bond within the  British Open, my complete profession I’ve had them.
‘But I’ve additionally had nice moments as nicely. I’m not getting too downtrodden with the most recent defeats as a result of it’s occurred my complete profession. And in fact I’ve achieved it to different individuals too, you are taking the tough with the sleek don’t you?
‘I ought to have beat Ronnie most likely in Shanghai. I ought to have beat Judd perhaps in Germany, skinny strains, I by no means took my probabilities, however you reside and study.’
Next up for Higgins is both David Lilley or Mark Davis within the final 32 of the English Open and whether it is Davis, the Wizard shall be seeking to even up a shocking head-to-head report.
Not too many have profitable information towards the four-time Crucible winner, however Davis does, claiming victory in 10 of their 18 profession conferences in all competitions.
‘At sure factors of your profession sure gamers can have the higher hand on you just a few instances,’ Higgins mentioned. ‘Maybe for Mark who has not typically been within the high 16, you won’t assume he’d have that good a report towards me, however typically he’s at all times performed very well.
‘Whenever I’ve watched him I’ve thought, “How is he not greater? How is he not doing higher?” It’s simply a kind of issues.’
John Higgins is but to win the English Open, reaching the ultimate in 2021 (Picture: Getty Images)After Mark Williams received his twenty fifth rating title on Sunday on the British Open, Higgins is making an attempt to take his tally to 32 this week in Essex, however he’s not getting hung up on including extra silverware to his assortment.
‘I’m fed up of answering that, to be trustworthy,’ Higgins mentioned on what it will imply to win his first rating title for over two years. ‘No, it will imply lots, nevertheless it’s simply a kind of issues.
‘You come and try to play nicely and hopefully get your palms on it, nevertheless it’s tough. I’ve received sufficient in my profession, I suppose I’m fortunate sufficient, if I used to be to by no means win one other trophy it will be disappointing however I’m nonetheless making an attempt, that’s all I can do.’
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