Fen Potter Perry welcomes timely return to form after reaching Munich final

FEN Potter Joe Perry is hoping he has picked the perfect time to return to form after reaching the final of the 12th Players Tour Championship event.

The Chatteris snooker star put in an eye-catching display in Munich, seeing off six rivals and dropping just four frames on his way to the final.

But his march towards the title was halted by the in-form Stephen Maguire, who beat him 4-2 to take the trophy back to Scotland.

Perry said: “Stephen said that it was the best he had played for a very long time. It just clicked for him in the final.

“He should have had a 147 in the first frame but he got a bad kiss and, to be honest, I did well to take two frames off him.

“The last few months have been my return to form really. I only played in 10 PTCs last time and I think I finished about 70th in the overall rankings whereas this time I’ve come 11th.

“I’ve played much better and that’s a reflection of how confident I am in my game now. There are a lot of big tournaments coming up so hopefully I’m coming into form at the right time.”

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Perry, ranked 26th in the world, said the emergence of a host of talented young players has kept him focused on staying at the top of his game.

“In terms of strength in depth, the standard of snooker is the highest it’s ever been,” he said. “I’m getting on for 40 and I still apply myself like I did when I was 20 - probably even better.

“That depth keeps you young because you can’t afford to take your foot off the pedal, there are a lot of young guys desperate to beat you.”

The 37-year-old returns to action tomorrow in a qualifier for the Haikou World Open.

He travels to Blackpool at the end of the month for the one-frame World Snooker Shoot Out, where he faces world number one Mark Selby in the first round.

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