Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time Is Right at Last for Ali

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time Is Right at Last for Ali

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Ali Carter feels the time has come for him to fulfil his abundant potential ( and that winning the Travis Perkins UK Championship in York would be the ideal way to start.

The world number 19 from Essex has long been regarded as one of the brightest talents in the game, but over the last 12 months Stephen Maguire and Shaun Murphy have leapfrogged him to become the top young guns.

Maguire is defending his title at the Barbican Centre while Murphy shocked snooker by winning this year's World Championship.

Now Carter (pictured) believes he should establish himself as the next hot prospect capable of converting promise into silverware.

"I think it could be my turn," said Carter after he began his quest for snooker's second most prestigious ranking title with a 9-3 win over another rising star, Jamie Cope.

"Shaun Murphy performed miracles to win the World Championship and Stephen Maguire had a great spell last season, but I don't believe they are better players than me even though results say they are.

"What I must do now is go ahead and achieve what they have done by winning a tournament. …

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