Adrian Grant has seen his world ranking dip in the last few months as he carries out a few tweaks to his game – but the experienced Londoner feels he is heading “in the right direction” as he approaches next week’s Allam British Open.
The 33-year-old left-hander enters the $150,000 PSA World Series event next Monday on the back of being a member of England’s successful European Team Championship defence in Italy last week, and winning the deciding tie in last night’s PSL final to claim a fifth title in a row for his Surrey H&R team.
In Riccioni He trounced Finland’s Jami Aijanen 3/0 and defeated Scotland’s Stuart Crawford 3/1 in the group stages, before delivering a 3/0 drubbing to Germany’s Carsten Schoor in the semi-finals, while in the PSL final he beat South African Steve Coppinger, currently ranked four places higher than Grant, in straight games.
Grant now takes on a qualifier in the first round of the Allam British Open in Hull’s Sports Arena and so should progress to a second-round meeting with sixth seed Borja Golan, but he is taking nothing for granted.
“The first round is as far as I look,” the London Open champion stressed. “My focus is on that match, as there are a lot of hungry players wanting to make the main draw. The moment you start looking at days ahead, you’re not living in or focusing on the present.
“I’m playing well and I want to continue that through the event. The rest will take care of itself. Performing the best I can gives me the best chance of being successful. That’s all I can control.”
Grant would love to win the British Open – “It’s obviously the big one which everyone wants to win because it has so much history and prestige,” he reasoned – but his list of possible title contenders is realistic.
“You obviously have the top four, who are the most consistent in these events, but there are always surprises these days,” he said.