Championship disappointment continues McLeod’s poor run

Rory McLeod after winning the Ruhr Open
Rory McLeod after winning the Ruhr Open

Winning a tournament normally signals an upturn in fortunes for player but after exiting the UK Snooker Championship at the first round on Wednesday, Rory McLeod admits he hasn’t been the same since his Ruhr Open triumph.

McLeod suffered a 6-5 loss to Jamie Cope at York’s Barbican Centre to continue his poor run of form since the triumph in Germany.

The Wellingborough potter shocked the snooker world when he won the first minor-ranking event of his career by triumphing at the Ruhr Open last month.

Since then he has lost 4-0 to Sam Baird at the Bulgarian Open and 4-0 to Neil Robertson at the Champion of Champions before defeat to Cope.

And while there were small signs of a return to form in his latest loss, the 44-year-old acknowledges it will take him a while to recover nonetheless.

“It’s a tough way to lose because it’s never nice to be beaten in a decider. My performance wasn’t brilliant out there to be honest,” said McLeod

“I did have my moments during the game but I struggled a bit all the way through the match.

“Since winning the tournament and I had practically two weeks off, I just haven’t been the same person.

“I was a little bit better here than my last two matches but I just haven’t been the same player and I’m not sure why that is. It’s something I’m working on and I want to get it sorted soon.”

With a packed schedule for the rest of the season, there are plenty of opportunities for McLeod to rectify his poor results.

The first of those comes in a fortnight’s time at the Gibraltar Open when he takes on Zak Surety in round one.

And the world No.53 concedes he is desperate to get back on the right track.

“I’m off to Gibraltar for my next tournament so hopefully I can get back to winning ways there,” he added.

“My mindset is still positive for the rest of the season, so I’ll take a little bit longer and hopefully I’ll be alright and ready to go in Gibraltar.

“I just want to win matches for the rest of the year really – that’s my only real goal.”

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