Snooker: Deflated Joel unhappy over Open display

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A dejected Joel Walker delivered a brutally honest assessment of his own performance after losing at the first hurdle of the Indian Open.

The Sheffield youngster was comprehensively beaten 4-0 by John Higgins, a four-time world champion, in New Delhi yesterday.

Walker claimed just 21 points in total and Higgins cruised into the next round of the tournament after breaks of 76 and 61 in the third and fourth frames.

“To be honest, I played terribly,” the 19-year-old told The Star. “I feel I need to be more clinical when I get in amongst the balls.”

Higgins is the second big name Walker has played in October. The young cueman, who practices at Hustler’s Sports Bar, Eckington, was also beaten by Ronnie O’Sullivan in the qualifiers for the International Open, which were staged at the Barnsley Metrodome at the start of this month.

Sheffield-based Ding Junhui, meanwhile, faces Mark Joyce in the Indian Open today as the Chinese ace chases his second title of the season.