King determined to enjoy himself in York
Tags: Mark King, UK Championship
Mark King has vowed that 'enjoying himself' is the key to any success he gains at this week's UK Championship in York. The Englishman, who claimed the first ranking title of his career at last season's Northern Ireland Open, staged a spirited fightback to claim a 6-5 win over a 'malfunctioning' John Higgins at the Barbican Centre. King let slip big leads during frames five and six, allowing Higgins to open up a 4-2 advantage in doing so, but he remained calm enough to get back in the match as Higgins led 5-4.
From there, four-time world champion Higgins really started to lose his way and, despite the Scot having first bite in the deciding frame following a poor break-off shot from King, it was a 69 from the Romford potter that proved decisive. King was delighted with his winning break, as well as overall attitude against 29-time ranking tournament winner Higgins. "When I got my chance I thought just be positive, strike the ball nicely and make sure you don't miss anything easy," said 43-year-old King. "I was in good position the whole time and I was pretty calm and confident. I'm delighted to win it. "Even at 4-2 down I was saying 'just enjoy it' – if the worst comes to the worst I'd be on the train home to go and see the family– there's no better feeling than going home to them. Hopefully they'll be coming up at the weekend. It's nice just to play your game and enjoy it."
Higgins meanwhile admitted there was no way out for him once his game had capitulated late in the match. "When you start collapsing like that there was only one way it was going to go. It probably should have given me momentum when I was 4-2 in front but he came back stronger and I was just dreadful the whole game," he said. "From 5-4 it was a total malfunction. There's just some things you can't explain and that was a malfunction on every single shot, I couldn’t pot a ball." King is 18/1 to life the UK Championship trophy in York on Sunday.
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