The former world champion Ken Doherty is anxious to avoid an early exit from the opening tournament of the season, and he jumped the first hurdle yesterday with a fine display in the first round of the LG Cup at Preston's Guild Hall.
Doherty, the runner-up to Mark Williams in last season's World and UK Championship finals, lost the first frame but recovered to beat Gerard Greene 5-2. He faces Jimmy White in the second round tonight.
"The first tournament of the season is notorious for big-name casualties," the Dubliner said. "One season, six of the top eight seeds went out in the first round, so I was on my guard against Gerard."
The world No 6 endured a poor run of balls in the opening frame but pinched the second from 42-1 behind and made a superb 140-clearance in the third. That break took him past John Parrott's 137 against Stephen Lee on Monday to put him in the reckoning for a possible £5,000 bonus for the tournament's highest break.
Doherty moved ahead 4-1 before the Northern Ireland international Greene made his highest break of the match to stay in touch. But Greene failed to pot a ball in frame seven.
"I look forward to playing Jimmy," Doherty said. "We've had some great matches down the years and there will be a great atmosphere. Games like these give me an adrenaline rush."Reuse content