Snooker: Ambitious Walker seeks win over great Scot

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Joel Walker has revealed “it would mean a lot to him” to defeat four-time world champion John Higgins in the first round of the Indian Open today.

The Sheffield youngster, who trains at Hustler’s Sports Bar, Eckington, faces the Scot, ranked 10 in the world, in the best of seven frames format in New Delhi. It is the first time India, which boasts a population of over one billion people. has hosted a snooker ranking event.

Walker, aged 19, regards Higgins as one of the greatest players to have ever picked up a cue.

“I believe John is one of the best players of all time so it would mean a lot to beat one of the greats and get a win like that under my belt,” Walker told The Star. “I’m really looking forward to playing him. I know if I play well, I can beat him.”

The £300,000 Open features 64 professional players bidding for the title, including people such as Sheffield-based Ding Junhui, Mark Selby, Stephen Maguire and world number one Neil Robertson, with £50,000 going to the winner. The tournament runs until Friday.