Snooker: Doncaster’s Chris Keogan set to face Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui

Chris Keogan
Chris Keogan

Sprotbrough snooker ace Chris Keogan is focusing on his own game as he prepares to face two of the world’s best players over the next few days, writes Paul Goodwin.

Keogan takes on Ronnie O’Sullivan in Wigan today in the second qualifying round for the Shanghai Masters.

He then comes up against world number two Ding Junhui on Tuesday in the English Open at Barnsley.

Keogan, 25, is in his second season since turning professional. His last victory came in June at the Riga Masters.

“I’m just looking forward to playing them,” he told The Star. “It is what it is, isn’t it?

“I’ve just got to concentrate on what I do rather than thinking about I’m up against two of the best players in the world.

“I played Ding about four years ago as a Cue School top-up wild card player but I’ve come a long way since then. Hopefully I can do better than I did in that game.

“And I think every snooker player looks up to Ronnie, it’s only natural because he’s the greatest player.

“I’ve just got to treat them as any other game, take each frame as it comes and see where it ends up. That’s the best approach for me.”

He added: “It’s best of nine frames on Friday and best of seven in the English Open. They say the better players are better over a longer distance.

“More shocks seem to happen over the shorter format, so you never know.

“I feel good at the moment. I put in a solid performance against Mark King about two weeks ago. Unfortunately I lost 6-4 but there were positives to take from that match.

“It’s tough on the circuit and you have to be so well prepared for each match.

“I’m still learning but I need some wins now.”

Keogan last week renewed his sponsorship deal with Club Doncaster for another year.