Peter Lines recalls the moment he regrets most in his 31-year snooker career, in the new episode of the WST Podcast.
The Leeds cueman casts his mind back to the 1999 China Open in Shanghai, when he played Brian Morgan in the quarter-finals. “At 4-3 up, I had a chance to win, and I tried to fall over the line, instead of doing what top players do and going for the jugular,” Lines remembers. “I played a shot which I have regretted ever since. I had a simple red to play for the black, and I tried to play for the blue to make the break easier and made a mess of it. I didn’t win the frame (he eventually lost 5-4). Even now, I am absolutely sick, thinking about it. I threw it away.
“If I end my career without winning a ranking event, which is highly likely now, I will be gutted about missing the few chances I have had. I got to the semi-finals of the (2018) Paul Hunter Classic. I had come to terms with the fact that I was never going to win one, but when I lost 4-3 to Kyren Wilson it broke my heart. I don’t usually get emotional, but when I came out of the arena and saw my lad walking towards me, I nearly cried. It took me a long time to get over that. I’d be interested to know how many players think they can win tournaments. Because I’ve never thought I could. I have never been able to see myself standing there holding the trophy, and I don’t know why that is.”
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