Snooker: Leslie ready for China Open test

Michael Leslie faces Joe O'Connor in the last 64 at the China Open. Pic: Neil Hanna

Michael Leslie faces Joe O'Connor in the last 64 at the China Open. Pic: Neil Hanna

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Bonnyrigg’S Michael Leslie hopes to put in a good performance when his bid for success at snooker’s China Open gets under way in Beijing tomorrow.

Leslie enjoyed a terrific 5-1 victory over World No.10 Mark Allan of Northern Ireland to make it through to the final stages in China and secure a last-64 tie with Leicester’s Joe O’Connor.

Leslie said: “The victory over Mark was undoubtedly the best win of my career and I was delighted with the way I played the match.”

“I have been low in confidence but I changed things up a bit a few months back and I have started to go through to Glasgow more rather than just practising on my own. It has definitely helped me playing games against the likes of Marcus Campbell and Anthony McGill as it has sharpened up my game, which showed in the game against Mark.”

Leslie turned professional in 2012 after winning the European Under-21 Snooker Championship and after dropping off the tour, he quickly regained his place winning another two year tour card through Q-School.

He said: “Qualifying here has given me a huge boost.”

Leslie’s opponent O’Connor is still an amateur after missing out on qualifying for the pro tour when he lost in the final round at Q-school last year.

Leslie said: “It will be another tough match, but it will be my third visit to China so I know what to expect and hopefully I can settle and play a good match.”