UK Championship: Tom Ford starts to hit his best form

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the Barbican Centre, York
Tom Ford

Tom Ford says his form is the best it has been for a long time after reaching the last 16 of the UK Championship for the first time in his career.

The Leicester man, 32, routed Shanghai Masters champion Kyren Wilson 6-1 and faces Judd Trump's conqueror Liang Wenbo in the fourth round.

World number Ford told BBC Sport: "I know I am playing well now.

"It is the first time In a long time I have felt good in myself and have felt like my game is good."

Ford led 3-0 against Wilson, and although the world number 22 pulled one back with a confidence-building 84, Ford edged the next frame.

A fine break of 70 saw him move to the verge of victory, which was achieved in the very next frame.

Ford added: "I felt like I played well when I got in the balls and my safety was good for a change, because normally that is not the strongest part of my game.

"Kyren missed a few balls to let me in so I was quite happy he didn't really turn up.

"The longer the match went on the better I felt. At 3-1 I didn't feel that great, but the balls were going in and that is the main thing.

"I felt much better towards the end and if I can feel comfortable, let's see what happens."