Snooker World Championship exit 'inspired' me says Jamie Jones

By Gareth BlaineyBBC Wales Sport
Jamie Jones
Welshman Jamie Jones was beaten by Neil Robertson in the 2014 Australian Open

Welsh snooker player Jamie Jones says watching the 2015 World Championship after being knocked out of the event has helped his preparations for the Australian Open.

Jones, plays world number 19 Mark Davis in the first round on Wednesday 1 July.

"I watched a lot of the World Championship," said Jones, who is ranked 38 in the world.

"It inspired me to get back on the practice table and work harder than ever."

Jones, 27, from Neath, lost 10-2 in the first round at the Crucible to 2010 world champion Neil Robertson, after coming through three qualifying rounds.

"I've really been putting a lot of work in to kick start my season [since that defeat]," said Jones.

"I'm looking forward to the Australian Open."

The winner of the match faces a second round meeting with either world number one Mark Selby or Mark King.

Jones is confident he can overcome Davis, 42, in Bendigo, in the first ranking event of the new season.

"Davis has been a good player in the past and he's got a lot of experience," said Jones.

"I know I'm going to have to play well, but that's the case against anyone these days.

"I'm playing very well in practice. I've just got to go and take my practice game into the match. I know if I do that I'm capable of beating anyone."

World number 17 Michael White is Wales' other player in the tournament.

He face the Iranian Hossein Vafaei Ayouri, 20, who beat Wales's Dominic Dale in the final qualifying round for the event.