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STUART BINGHAM admits he is "riding a wave" of some excellent form at the moment and wants to use it to have an extended run at this week's English Open. 

Ballrun beat Welshman Lee Walker 4-0 yesterday at the Barnsley Metrodome and will face the winner of today's clash between Essex rival Mark King and China's Fang Xiongman in his next match on Wednesday (October 18).

Bingham reached the final of the European Masters in Belgium earlier this month and since then recorded a 5-1 victory over promising German Lukas Kleckers in a qualifier for the Shanghai Masters. 

Read more: Bingham riding wave of good form into the English Open

STUART BINGHAM felt he had an added to steel to his game in his run to the final of the European Masters in Belgium.

Ballrun lost 9-7 in a nip and tuck final to defending champion Judd Trump on Sunday evening in Lommel.

But wins over Mitchell Mann (4-2), Graeme Dott (4-0), home favourite Luca Brecel (4-2), world champion Mark Selby (4-2) and rising Chinese star Zhou Yuelong (6-4) gave the Basildon pro the belief that hard work with his new cue and new coach Terry Griffiths is now starting to pay dividends.

Bingham, who arrived back home at 5am this morning after getting the ferry back with his manager Gary Purkiss, said: "Of course I am disappointed because it does feel like another one that has gotten away.

"I think I have now lost in finals to Ricky Walden in the Wuxi Classic, Stephen Maguire at the Welsh Open, Shaun Murphy at the Grand Prix and Ronnie O'Sullivan in the Champions of Champions, and to John Higgins in an invitational, so I could easily have about eight titles now rather than four.

"But I have to be happy with the week over all and last night I out-scored Judd and I think he said he felt I outplayed him.

Read more: Bingham takes positives from run to final in Belgium

STUART BINGHAM said he would welcome a "score fest" against Welshman Duane Jones at the Indian Open if that is how their match pads out.

Ballrun, who beat Chen Zifan to qualify, starts his campaign against Jones (pictured above), 24, tomorrow (September 13) in the fourth ranking event of the season in Visakhapatnam.

Bingham said: "I have never played him but I have heard from other players he can score well if he gets going.

"But if it is a score fest I would welcome that because it suits my game and I would back myself to come out on top.

"That said, if it is a bit cagey then I guess I'll have to try and use my experience to tie him up a bit. We'll see, but I am looking forward to it.

"It is a nice venue, we are a stone's throw away from the beach and it is 35 degrees, and it does feel a bit like a place you would go on holiday. But when we get underway - I'll be all business."

Read more: Bingham ready for shoot-out with promising Jones at the Indian Open

STUART BINGHAM is looking forward to facing his practice partner and friend Sean O'Sullivan in a qualifier tomorrow - and admits the young Londoner is an emerging talent.

World No 9 Bingham takes on the 23-year-old from Whitechapel on Tuesday (Sep 26) in Preston as he bids to secure a spot at November's International Championship in China.

O'Sullivan, nicknamed The Storm, is in his fourth season on snooker's top Tour and Ballrun knows he is not to be taken lightly.

He said: "I'm good friends with Sean, he has the support of a nice family and I regularly practice with him.

"He is improving all the time, he has a good cue action and a great long game that creates chances for him.

"He perhaps needs to work on his break-building a bit but he is a dangerous opponent for sure in a best-of-11 so I'll have to be at my best."

Read more: Ballrun ready to weather The Storm

STUART BIGNHAM admits he will need to get "on a roll" against Stephen Maguire tomorrow afternoon to progress at the Sangsom Six Red World Championship after a win and a defeat from his opening two games in Bangkok.

Ballrun beat Kamal Chawla 5-2 but lost 5-1 to home favourite Akani Songsermsawad today to leave himself needing at least a 5-2 victory against Scot Maguire to secure a Group E top two spot in Thailand.

The world No 9, who lost a dramatic final to Ding Junhui last year, said: "It is 30 degree heat outside and the air con here is pretty strong and the tables are playing pretty slow, which is a challenge, especially as I am getting used to a new cue.

Read more: Bingham hopes to take fighting chance against Maguire to stay in the Six Reds

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