Snooker: Stuart Bingham wants historic second World Championship

April 18, 2022
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Stuart Bingham has set his sights on joining the elusive list of multiple-time World Snooker Championship winners as he gets ready to begin his 2022 campaign as the showpiece event began underway in Sheffield this weekend.

Nicknamed Ball-run, the Basildon-based potter made all his own luck on his way to a historic triumph back in 2015 in which he defied odds of 50/1 to become the oldest first-time world champion in more than seven decades.

Although things haven't gone all his way at the famous Crucible Theatre since, his run to the semi-finals last year and recent ninth maximum break have given him extra faith in his bid to become the 14th man to win snooker's finest tournament more than once.

Bingham told Daily Star Sport: "Where before I'd go and feel like it's never really going to happen, now I've done it, I feel like I can really do it again.

"I know if my game clicks I feel like I can win it."

Bingham, who reached as high as No.2 across May 2015 until March 2017, is currently ranked No. 12 and has been drawn to face qualifier Lyu Haotian before a potential match-up with Kyren Wilson or Ding Junhui.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: England's Stuart Bingham speaks to the media during day 12 of the Betfred World Snooker Championships 2021 at Crucible Theatre on April 28, 2021 in Sheffield, England.
Stuart Bingham's 2022 campaign gets underway against Lyu Haotian on Monday evening

At 38, Bingham thought his chances of world glory had dwindled before his 2015 final triumph over former champion Shaun Murphy, but at 45, he has no thoughts about winding down.

He adds: "I'm of the mindset where I will go on for as long as I can.

"When you look at the older players that have retired, I think it's for the love of the game. I've always enjoyed competing but I think the biggest thing is practising.

Stuart Bingham lifts the trophy after beating Shaun Murphy in the final of the 2015 Betfred World Snooker Championship at Crucible Theatre on May 4, 2015 in Sheffield, England.
Stuart Bingham was crowded World Snooker Champion with an 18-15 win over Shaun Murphy in 2015

"I enjoy putting in the three or four hours practising which gives you the ability to compete and I think if anything it's more important now with all the young players coming through."

Adding of his preparations for his annual Crucible trip: "The standard is so high now, that you've got the play from the start. So yeah whoever you get in the first round is tough.

"I always think that if you enjoy it and have a bit of a laugh then, for me personally, I can play my best snooker."

The 2022 World Snooker Championship will be broadcast across BBC Sport.

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