Ali Carter pins World Championship hopes on experience

Carter gets the better of Harold

Ali Carter is hopeful his near misses at previous World Championships will have equipped him to go all the way this year.

The 31-year-old, who was runner-up to Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Crucible in 2008, overcame Dave Harold 10-3 in the first round on Sunday.

"100% the experience factor helps," the Essex star told BBC Sport.

"I've been in every round and lost in every round so I might know what it takes to win it."

Carter survived a minor scare against Harold, going 8-1 ahead before allowing the 44-year-old to pull back two frames, only to then secure victory with a 61 in a low-scoring match.

"He won a couple of frames, but I tried to keep myself calm and think, 'I'm playing alright, so when I get a chance I'll take it'," he said.

"He gave me a chance and I cleared up with 60-odd in the end."

Carter will face either Graeme Dott or Mark King in the second round, that match starting on Tuesday afternoon.

"They are two tough opponents, and very similar players really," he added.

"I've got no preference, I'm just going to worry about myself."

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