Poomjaeng tells of delight after stunning win

Dechawat Poomjaeng beat Stephen Maguire to reach the second round of the World Championship.

Dechawat Poomjaeng beat Stephen Maguire to reach the second round of the World Championship.

MAN OF the moment Dechawat Poomjaeng has said he thought he had little chance of beating Stephen Maguire prior to his epic first round victory on Tuesday night.

The Thailand star reached the last 16 stage of a snooker event for the first time in his career after his sensational 10-9 knocked out the Scottish star ranked fifth position in the world rankings.

Poomjaeng’s performance has lit up this year’s World Championship with his animated nature proving popular with the Crucible crowd and television audiences in the UK.

But besides that it is his performance on the table and the composure he has shown, especially in the final frame, which has got him into the second round with an upcoming clash against fellow debutant Michael White starting on Thursday evening.

Reflecting on his biggest win of his career, Poomjaeng told the world’s media he was amazed to beat a player of Maguire’s quality.

“It’s a big surprise because Maguire is a top-five player and I thought I only had a 10 or 20 percent chance of beating him,” he said.  “In the last frame I just tried to play and take it one shot at a time.

“I believed in myself. I knew it would be very hard but I hoped I could win if I got chances. I tried to just relax and enjoy it because I knew if I was too serious it wouldn’t be good for my game.

“It was exciting at the start because there were lots of people and it was my first time at the Crucible.

“I hope I play well in my next game, but win or lose I’ll be happy. I’m happy that people like me. I enjoy the game and hope people enjoy it with me.”

Maguire, in his post match press conference, admitted Poomjaeng was the better player and deserved the win.

“It just wasn’t meant to be for me,” he said. “Take nothing away from him, he made some great breaks all through the match and luck favours the man who plays well and he played better than me.

“It’s disappointing for me but I could tell the way the match was going. I had a bad feeling about it.”

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