Ashley Carty insists the future is bright for him despite being knocked out in the first round of the German Masters in Berlin.
Carty, who is still classified as an amateur, produced some impressive snooker to be level at 3-3 with Martin Gould before the world No. 26 pulled away to win 5-3 at the Tempodrom.
Despite the loss, the Thurcroft potter, who beat world No. 15 Robert Milkins and James Cahill to qualify for the event, believes there are plenty of positives to be taken.
“I’m pleased with my performance,” he said. “I gave Martin a good game.
“There were a few frames I should have won that I’ve lost but I’m happy with this tournament overall.
“I’m still classed as an amateur and I’ve qualified for the last 32 of a ranking event, so I’ve got to be happy and proud of my achievement.
“I feel like I’ve been competing all season and I’m just glad I got on a bit of a run. I’m just overwhelmed to be here – it’s a magnificent venue and amazing support.”
Carty’s attention will soon be turning to Q-School, where he can earn a two-year card to the World Snooker tour.
And after falling at the final hurdle by losing to Michael Georgiou when attempting to turn professional last year, the 19-year-old is desperate to go one better this time around.
“I’ve gained a lot of experience this season through events like this, so hopefully I can get on the main tour through Q-School and then I know what to expect,” said Carty.
“I was gutted when I lost in Q-School last year, so it’s made me work harder and I don’t want to go through that again.
“It’s all about hard work for the Welsh Open now and then the Indian Open qualifiers – it’s been great to get confidence from a tournament like this for the upcoming months.”
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