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Holt 'in bits' after early exit

Michael Holt
Thinking is a curse - I wish I was stupid, I wouldn't think then. It's the biggest curse of this game

Michael Holt

Michael Holt is embarrassed by his failure to make the step up from talented pretender to top-class player.

Holt, 30, was beaten by former world champion John Higgins in the first round of the World Championship and he said it has left him distraught.

The Nottingham potter told BBC Sport: "I played alright early on but I missed a red when I should have gone 6-6.

"After that miss I was in bits. I was upset and annoyed with myself. It's 10 years of nothing - it's embarrassing."

Holt, who has only once made it to the second round of snooker's showpiece event, was holding his own after a cagey opening session which saw him trail 5-4.

And although he made a decent start to Wednesday's session, his failure to draw level at 6-6 was to prove costly.

Holt's game fell to pieces as he lost the final four frames - much to his dismay.

"I'm trying so hard, maybe too hard. In the early part of the match I missed about three crucial balls that I wouldn't usually miss. But it's because it's 10 years of failure," he said.

"I've never come close to winning anything and I've always believed I'm good enough. I want to break through and prove what I can do.

"It's just confidence because I've never done anything. I'm not the best player in the world but I'm think I'm better than what I've achieved.

"That red I missed I wouldn't have missed in the qualifiers," he added. "It's because it's a big game and I'm trying to get over the barrier.

It's just confidence. I can play good enough snooker and I can win games - I'm not a bottler

Michael Holt

"I've been at that stage for about seven years and I haven't broken through and as the years go by it gets harder. It's just frustrating.

"My head was in bits, I was gutted that I didn't take that chance. My head was frazzled for two or three frames.

"It's just confidence. I can play good enough snooker and I can win games - I'm not a bottler. I'm just trying to break through, trying so hard.

"Thinking is a curse - I wish I was stupid, I wish I was thick I wouldn't think then. It's the biggest curse of this game - I wish I could stop."



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