​Consistency the key in 2024 for snooker pro Ashley Carty

ASHLEY CARTY: back on the professional circuitASHLEY CARTY: back on the professional circuit
ASHLEY CARTY: back on the professional circuit
​SNOOKER player Ashley Carty is aiming for deeper runs into tournaments in 2024 as he continues his return to the ultra tough pro ranks.

The former English U21 champion won his place back on the main professional circuit last year after 12 months away by coming through the 16-strong Q Tour play-offs.

It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Rotherham potter, which is no surprise given the sheer depth of talent in the modern-day game.

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​”I got off to a really good start to the season, getting to the quarter-final in Germany,” said Carty.

"I had a bit of a dip-off in form for a couple of months but I finished this last year off with a good win against Noppon Saengkham to qualify for the German Masters in Berlin at the end of January.

"At the Scottish Open I got to the last 32 and lost a game I should have won to get to the last 16.

"Looking forward to this year, I just want to try to get into last 16s and quarter-finals a lot more but it is just so tough because, with how things are seeded, unless a top player gets knocked out then you are always going to play a top player in round 1 or 2.

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"I’ve proved I can do it. It’s just about trying to be a bit more consistent.”

There are only four tournaments remaining of the current season – the German Masters, Welsh Open, qualifiers for World Open in China and then the World Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield from April 20-May 6.

Before then Carty has his trip to Germany to look forward to and a date with top-ten ranked Kyren Wilson in the first round of the Welsh tournament at Llandudno next month.

Ashley is currently ranked 81 in the world and, on the one-year points system rankings he is much higher at 48.

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"I feel like I’m getting better. It's just a matter of time. Just keep workind hard and doing what I’m doing,” added Carty, who also thanked Wickersley-based sponsors Celtic Surveys and Access Money for their valuable support.