Chatteris cueman Perry: I can win world title

Joe Perry at the table in his first round match against Jamie Burnett during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 20, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire EMN-140424-092301002
Joe Perry at the table in his first round match against Jamie Burnett during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 20, 2014. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire EMN-140424-092301002

Chatteris veteran cueman Joe Perry believes he can win the snooker World Championship for the first time in his professional career.

Perry (40), the current world number nine, has been a pro for 23-years.

The former world semi-finalist safely got through the first round on Wednesday by defeating Chinese qualifier Zhang Anda to seal a 10-4 win at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Perry will now in the last 16 meet 2005 champion Shaun Murphy on Sunday.

He has been beyond the last 16 just twice in 12 visits, and made the last four in 2008.

The potter also secured his first-ever ranking event win by taking the Players Championship Grand Final in Thailand last month.

Perry told the BBC: “I have won a tournament this season with every player in it and this is no different. I am here to win.

“If I am brutally honest, I don’t think I have ever come here genuinely believing I can win.

“But I know if I can play to my ability and keep calm and relaxed, which I have learned to do in the last few years, then there is no reason why I can’t have a good run.”

“I have had a good season. I am happy, confident and am enjoying my snooker.

“I have achieved something I always wanted to achieve and now have the belief that when it comes to the crunch I can do it.

“I have been consistent over the last two years. I don’t worry about playing badly any more. If it happens, it happens. I have no expectations. I work hard and practice hard and I am getting results.”

Perry was 7-0 up versus Zhang - the lowest ranked player in the tournament at 98 - who recovered to make it 8-4.

Perry added of his opponent’s mini-revival: “He didn’t do himself justice in the morning and you sort of expect it to happen.

“But, even though you are ready for when it comes, it’s a horrible feeling.”

Perry said of Murphy: “He looks in an aggressive mood so I need to be sharp and my safety needs to be exceptionally good,” Perry added.

“The balls he goes for are high risk and if he gets them I will shake his hand, if he doesn’t then I will get plenty of opportunities.”