Royal London Watches Grand Prix 2008: Qualifying quotes round-up

Here are a selection of quotes from the players following the Grand Prix qualifiers this week:

Dave Harold:

“The last time I played Jin I beat him 5-4, but he should have won. Today it was a different story,” said Harold, who fired in breaks of 83, 74, 56 and 53 to complete the whitewash.

“I commanded the match from the start.

“There’s pressure on me now I’m provisionally in the top 16 but I’ve got plenty of experience and I’ve proved to people that I’m not just going to capitulate.”

And on his chances next week in Shanghai:

“As far as I’m concerned, I couldn’t have a better draw,”

“Ding isn’t doing too well at the moment, there will be a couple of thousand of his fans in watching and so he’ll be bang under pressure while I’m going there full of confidence”

Alan McManus:

“I’m disappointed but I didn’t do anything wrong. Anthony played some unbelievable stuff at the end so I have no complaints.”

John Parrott on the official WSA website:

“I actually played better yesterday, when I beat Atthasit Mahitti 5-4 with five breaks over 50,” said 1991 Crucible champ Parrott. “Ken is struggling for confidence at the moment but I still had to be very solid and I played some good matchplay.

“The random draw is a really good idea and it’s something different for the players and the fans. It will be nice to be in Glasgow as a player as well as an on the BBC couch. I just hope I draw Steve Davis in the second round!”

Michael Holt:

“It was a good performance because I didn’t do anything wrong to go 3-0 down. Jimmy just played really well,” Holt said.

“In the past I would have crumbled at 3-0. I would have got annoyed with myself but I can’t afford to do that now. I just dug in there and produced some form.”

“It’s important to get to the venue but I want to do more than that. I want to get to semi-finals and finals,”

“I just have to keep working hard and believing in myself because I think I’m good enough.”

And after his win against Michael Judge:

“I’m really happy. I played very well in patches and it’s a big result for me.

“I didn’t think about the last time we played. It didn’t make me any more motivated to win.

“Anyway, he’s a nice guy. The referee called a miss in the last frame that shouldn’t have been and he didn’t take it, which is a very sporting thing to do when you’re 4-2 down.”

“It’s horrible when tournaments are on the TV and you’re not in them,”

“You don’t feel part of the game. You don’t feel like a professional.

“I’ve started well this season. My attitude has been good and the matches I’ve lost have been because the other guy has played well. I’m enjoying my snooker, which I haven’t done for a while.”