Jamie Jones: Reaching top 16 'tough but not impossible'

By Gareth BlaineyBBC Wales Sport
Jamie Jones snooker player
Jamie Jones turned professional in 2006

Welsh snooker player Jamie Jones has set his sights on a top 16 spot after reaching his first ranking semi-final at the Australian Open.

Jones was 4-0 up, but lost 6-4 against four-time world champion John Higgins.

The 27-year-old from Neath will move seven places up the world rankings to 31 following his success in Bendigo.

"It's not impossible. I know it's going to be tough to get into the top 16 this season," he said.

"But I know if I can bring my best form out I can beat anyone."

On his way to the semi-final, Jones stunned world number one Mark Selby 5-1.

Former world championship quarter-finalist Jones says it was "one of the best wins I've ever had."

He added losing the last six frames against eventual Australian Open champion Higgins will stand him in good stead for the rest of the season.

"I had a great start to the match and the interval came at the wrong time for me," said Jones.

"That 20 minutes gave Higgins a little bit of breathing time and he really got on top of me in the end.

"I think I handled it well - it took one of the world's best players to beat me.

"It was a massive confidence booster for me."

Jones is next in action at the Riga Open in Latvia which starts on 29 July.