Snooker: Wales' Ryan Day targets 2015 Welsh Open title

Ryan Day, snooker
Ryan Day made a 147 maximum break at the 2014 Haining Open
Snooker: Welsh Open 2015
Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff. Date: 16-22 February. Coverage: Live and highlights on BBC Wales TV, the BBC Sport website, BBC iPlayer, mobile and the BBC Sport app.

Welsh snooker player Ryan Day says he is targeting the Welsh Open title.

Day, 34, has reached the quarter-finals of the event in 2005 and 2010 and beat 2014 runner-up Ding Junhui 5-4 in the German Masters earlier this month.

Bridgend-based Day hopes to continue that good form into the tournament, which will be televised by BBC Wales.

He said: "There's 128 players in Cardiff so it's going to take a lot of winning against top players, but in every tournament my aim is to win it."

Ryan Day is aiming to win his home event - the 2015 Welsh Open - when it is held in Cardiff between February 16-22.

Day was knocked out in the second round in 2014, losing 4-1 to Scotland's Anthony McGill, before Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Ding 9-3 in the final, winning the last frame with a maximum 147 break.

This year's tournament returns to Cardiff Motorpoint Arena for the first time since 2004, having been held at Newport Centre in the intervening years.

Day, 21st in the world rankings, starts his campaign on Tuesday, 17 February against Thailand's Noppon Saengkham, and the Welshman hopes he can benefit from home support.

"I'm really looking forward to it," added Day. "It's 20 minutes down the road and nice to have that extra support.

"The first couple of games, more often than not, will be the most difficult, but then you get some momentum and some confidence and then you can build into the event.

"Then you're looking at the semi-finals, the final and ultimately winning it."

First round draw and schedule (best of seven frames).

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