Snooker player Stephen Lee targets place in world top 10

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee faces Ricky Walden in the UK Championships in York

Trowbridge snooker player Stephen Lee is aiming for the world's top 10 after rediscovering his form.

Lee is ranked 14th ahead of the UK Championship and says the pressure of not having to qualify for major competitions again is helping his game.

"I was at a low, it was getting me down. I didn't like the way I was playing. Now a big pressure has been lifted," he told BBC Wiltshire.

Lee plays Ricky Walden in the first round at the York Barbican Centre.

Lee enjoying lack of pressure

The 37-year-old spent two years outside of the elite group which meant making the final stages of big events was a lot more difficult.

"I'm looking forward to all these new touraments and I'm feeling the benefits of playing all the time," he added. "I'm hitting the ball nice, I'm just having a go at everything. It's been good.

"I'm sharp without practicising. I'm feeling OK without putting any hard solo work in.

"I think there's going to be a lot of movement within rankings. I think it's a proper calendar to be judged on."

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