Just wanted to say 'hi' and drop a few lines down to reflect on my win in Gibraltar as I travel home and then onto Llandudno this week for the Players Championship. With the way our tour is these days if I don't do it now, I might not get chance for a few weeks!
Anyway I went to Gibraltar after a few decent weeks - quarters in the World Grand Prix and a semi-final in the Shootout so I knew my game was okay. Plus I'd been experimenting with a few changes in technique and shot selection in the Championship League and thought good things were coming. Unfortunately though, during the Welsh Open I somehow developed bronchitis and after my loss I went home and felt extremely sorry for myself whilst trying to shake it. I did eventually get rid of it, only to be taken down with flu last week following the Shootout. So my game was in good shape but off the table I've been really struggling.
Fortunately, Saturday and Sunday in Gibraltar was the best I've felt in a long time and I was able to play some good stuff. There's nothing quite like winning! After all, that's what we play for. As I sit here now on the train home from Gatwick Airport with the trophy in my bag next to me, I'm reminded that only a few weeks ago after losing to Barry Hawkins in the Masters, I was at quite a low ebb about things. I guess it really is true that success prefers to wait around the corner from defeat and likes to test your persistence before showing itself. It's just about remembering that at the time and not letting your own doubts and demons get the better of you.
And so it's onto Llandudno this week, after a short stop at home to reload on socks ( if you're reading this Elaine, that of course means to see you and Harry, who's now six months and doing really well ) I have some really good memories from last year where I won the World Grand Prix and it's always nice to return to somewhere you've had success before. Not that it'll mean much when Ali Carter and I pair up on Wednesday afternoon and try best each other, but it sounds nice.
It feels good to be coming into the final stretch of the season hitting some solid form. It's also nice to have a trophy in the bag and something to show for my efforts come the end of the year. With the Players, China Open and World Championship left to play for, I've now got the opportunity to turn a good year into a great year.
Thanks again to you all for your kind messages, both through my website and Twitter feed and thanks for your support.
Until next time