Welsh Open 2018: Jackson Page targets Bingham scalp

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Teenager Jackson Page is eyeing what would be arguably the biggest win of his career when he takes on Stuart Bingham in the Welsh Open second round on Wednesday.

The 16-year-old is playing in his home tournament at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and has fond memories of the event, having made it through to the third round 12 months ago – his best performance in a ranking competition to date.

Page appears to like playing in Wales as he has once again progressed beyond the first round after coming from behind to beat Sean O’Sullivan 4-3 in his opening match on Monday.

“It was a bit of a struggle towards the end. Both of us started to struggle a bit,” Page told the BBC.

“But I’m more than happy to come through in the end.”

The youngster’s reward for reaching round two will be a clash with reigning champion Bingham, who saw off Chen Zhe of China 4-1 in his opening match.

A victory over Bingham would be a big scalp for Page and the teenager is confident he can achieve that feat as long as he plays to his full potential.

“I’ve played a few of the big boys and haven’t beaten any of them,” he added.

“It’s about time I started proving my worth and beat one of them. If you play well, you can win.”

Page is an outsider at 751.00 to go on and win the Welsh Open this week while Bingham is priced at 26.00 to successfully defend the title.

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