Ricky Walden believes his ability to overcome adversity bodes well for the rest of the tournament after reaching the last 32 of Betway UK Championship.
The Chester cueman's second-round match against Scott Donaldson was contested in the sports hall at the York Barbican, as opposed to on one of the four tables in the main arena.
Walden was in control from the off, with breaks of 89, 80 and 68 helping him into a 4-0 lead at the mid-session interval, and although Donaldson hit back, the world number 17 got over the line 6-2.
He claims that conditions in the sports hall were far from ideal and was relieved just to come through, guaranteeing a return to the main arena from the next round onwards.
"I played okay out there and am pleased to be through to the next round," said Walden, who grew up in Bagillt in Flintshire.
"Most pleasing was just the fact that I can win, especially out back.
"It's tough out there, totally different conditions to the front room. Just to get through to the game is pleasing.
"The tables there are just horrendous. In the front it's nice, in the back it's horrendous.
"You've got to stay in the tournament, it was one of those things that I was out the back. You just have to deal with it. I played okay in the end, so that was good.”
Next up for Walden is a last-32 clash with Mark Williams - a man one place above him in the world rankings - this afternoon.
With ranking points and a potential all-important place in top 16 on the line, the match will have even more riding on it than many third-round encounters at the UK Championship.
And the 34-year-old claims he is relishing the prospect of the match against the two-time UK Champion.
"I'm looking forward to it," added Walden, who beat Fang Xiongman 6-0 in the first round.
"I'm playing okay at the moment so it'll be a good game. Mark's a great player who's always tough to play against so I'll be trying my best.
"It's always an occasion to play him because he's a good player. We've had some good games in the past and hopefully we can have another one.
"I'm just going to try and do my best really. Wherever you finish in the rankings it's your own fault.
"If you finish 17 in the ranking you've got no-one else to blame but yourself. I'm looking to win the tournament so if I finish 17 then so be it. If I finish 15 then all good."
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