SNOOKER player Ashley Carty says his win over world no.8 Stephen Maguire is the most satisfying of his career.
The 26-year-old from Thurcroft shocked the former UK champion (below) 5-1 in last week's European Masters qualifier.
Carty peeled off breaks of 76, 54 and 89 on his way to victory and now goes forward to play Iran's Soheil Vahedi in the main event in Furth next year.
“To beat a top-eight player in a best-of-nine match 5-1, it is probably the best win I've had,” said Carty, the world no. 70.
“I did beat Neil Robertson in the Championship League but that was only over three frames. When you play best of nine, it's a proper game.”
The difficulty of carding back-to-back wins on the highly competitive Tour was shown this week when Carty went out of the English Open 4-2 to Kyren Wilson, last year's World Championship finalist.
But like in his defeat to world no.2 Mark Selby the previous week, the Rotherham man had chances to make the contest much closer after a slow start put him 3-0 down on a fast-running table.
“I had decent chances in all three frames but being on Table 1, I was losing my cue ball a bit too often,” he said. “Table 1 is a lot different to the other tables because it is under brighter lights and a lot faster. It's like playing on glass.
“I didn't settle quick enough and going 3-0 down against a player like Kyren, it is going to be a tough job.
“I came back with an 86 break to go 3-1 and played a good frame to go 3-2 and then he started making quite a lot of errors.In the last frame he played an excellent safety shot and put me in a lot of trouble and he finished off with a 135 break. Prior to that I had him on the ropes a little bit.”
Carty's next big date is the UK Championship in York, starting on November 23, but he can knuckle back down to practice in good spirits.
“These matches show I'm competing,” he added.
“I played brilliantly against Maguire and even though I lost 4-2 to Kyren, I could have done better had I started better.
“Even against Selby, it was a closer game than 5-1. When you play the top boys you can't really expect to win but if you're competing against them then you can take stuff from it.”