UK Championship 2014: Sam Baird targets snooker's top 64

Sam Baird
Sam Baird lost to Stuart Bingham in the first round of the 2013 World Championships

Sam Baird says he is targeting a place in the world's top 64 snooker players despite being knocked out of the UK Championship in the first round.

The 26-year-old from Devon is ranked 72 in the world and lost to 57th-ranked Robbie Williams 6-4 in York.

"I've not won loads of games, but won them in quite big tournaments, so I'm looking good," Baird told BBC Sport.

"Hopefully if I can keep winning the odd game steadily I could get into the top 64 at the end of next season."

Only players ranked in the top 64 are guaranteed a place on the World Snooker Tour.

Baird is guaranteed a place on the World Snooker Tour until the end of the 2015-16 season after and ending last season ranked 67 in the world.

But he says he is unhappy to have lost to Williams having been level with him at 4-4 before losing the final two frames.

"I'm playing well in patches and practice is fine, but this tournament I haven't played my best," he said.

"I had a few breaks but still missed enough to kind of have that doubt in my mind."

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