STUART BINGHAM says he will be looking to take charge of his match with veteran James Wattana this week at the China Open Qualifiers.
Ballrun's clash with one-time world No 3 Wattana, 46, is scheduled to get underway at 2.30pm on Thursday (January 26) at the Guild Hall.
The China Open will be in Beijing between March 27 and April 2 and is the last counting tournament before seeding for the World Championship is determined.
Thailand's Wattana, a three-time ranking title winner and a pioneer for Asians in the elite snooker game, now gets wildcard places at events on the World Snooker Tour.
Bingham said: "I'm not sure how active he is now on the Tour but I've seen he has picked up a few results in recent years so I'll give him every respect.