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Keogan ready for Higgins challenge

12 December 2017

Doncaster snooker professional Chris Keogan is relishing the challenge when he takes on the four-time world champion John Higgins in the second round of the Scottish Open on Wednesday.

The Donny Dynamo came through a first-round clash with Nigel Bond with a 4-0 victory which set up a clash against the home favourite in Glasgow.

Chris said: “It’s nice to progress, I played well in the UK Championship in York but lost 6-4 to David Gilbert. It’s going to be tough against one of the greatest matchplayers of all time in John Higgins, but I’ve got some real belief now.

“He is certainly going to be a home favourite here in Glasgow, but snooker fans up here know the game and are fair so I’m hoping I can impress them and win them over.”

Chris’ clash against the Wizard of Wishaw - who has never won his home tournament, but was runner-up last season - comes just a couple of months after he took on the mighty Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui in competitive action.

It was a tough introduction to his second year as a snooker professional, but he is now much more comfortable playing the best players in the world.

He added: “Coming up against players of that calibre was fantastic, and taking on people like that is why I am in the game. Although I didn’t play at my best in either match, I feel much more comfortable in those surroundings and coming up against the top players.

“Ronnie is an incredible player, unflappable and unrelenting, as he showed in the UK Championship final against Shaun Murphy, and you can only learn from watching him in action.”

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