Snooker: In-form Walker set for Bingham clash

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Joel Walker knows he will have to be at his best to topple Stuart Bingham in the UK Snooker Championship today.

The Sheffield potter eased into the third round on Sunday night with a 6-3 victory over Tom Ford, pulling clear after the pair were neck-and-neck at 3-3.

Next up for Walker is world No.9 Bingham, who reached the semi-finals in York last year, but Walker has reason to believe he can pull off an upset.

The 20-year-old beat Bingham 4-3 when they met two years ago and lost agonisingly by the same scoreline very recently.

“I’ve played Bingham twice and they’ve both ended up in deciders,” he said. “He beat me last week in Germany 4-3, so I know I can beat him but he is a top player and it will be a tough game. I can’t wait to get into the main venue when it’s televised.

“I played on TV against Ding (Junhui) in the Welsh Open and I loved every minute of it. I played really well and playing in arenas like that on TV is what you play snooker for.

“I’m competing with everyone I play. I just need to make some fine tweaks in my game and I can become a top player.”