Allister Carter says he can take a lot of positives from his 2018 World Championship run and he hopes it can get him off to a good start when the 2018-19 season gets underway.
World number 15 Carter had been enduring a difficult campaign ahead of the season-ending event at the Crucible, having only reached the semi-finals of one ranking event.
Not much was expected from ‘The Captain’, who is a two-time finalist in Sheffield, but he managed to get the better of 2006 champion Graeme Dott in the first round, winning 10-8.
The 38-year-old then pulled off one of the shocks of the tournament when defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan in round two, edging past 13-9, and the confidence was brimming after ending the hopes of ‘The Rocket’.
However, Carter fell at the next hurdle, losing to Welshman Mark Williams 13-8, but the Englishman’s run to the quarter-finals represented his best effort in Sheffield since losing the 2012 final.
The Essex potter, one of only six men to score a maximum at the Crucible, admits the win over O’Sullivan has provided him a real boost.
“I can take a lot of confidence from beating Ronnie,” Carter was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“Every match is a tough match; I played a world champion in the first round, a world champion in the second round, and a world champion in the quarter-finals.
“It’s an opportunity missed but I can have some time off and regroup. It’s been a positive end to the season after a not-so-good season. So I look forward to next year.”