David Gilbert has described losing the World Open final after controlling the match for most periods as “one of the most disappointing things that has ever happened” in his life.
The Tamworth potter appeared to be well on his way to landing his first ever ranking trophy when he lead world champion Mark Williams 9-5 in the World Open final.
But it was not to be for Gilbert as Williams produced a spectacular comeback, winning five frames on the bounce to win a thrilling final 10-9.
The agonising defeat left the 37-year-old still searching for his first major ranking title after now losing two big finals in his career – the first in 2015 when he lost to John Higgins in the International Championship final.
Gilbert, who is now ranked in the world’s top 20 after taking home the runner’s up prize of £75,000, said: “It has been a good week but sadly it has ended in one of the most disappointing things that has ever happened to me. I have to congratulate Mark because he saw it through.
“I’m confused about what happened because I felt fine at 9-5. I butchered a red in that frame then it turned around.
“In the last frame I didn’t feel good, I couldn’t get position and I missed a red I would normally pot. The occasion got to me. I’m playing in the qualifiers next week so we go again.”