Ricoh Arena Coventry - November 3-9, 2014

Player Profile - Mark Davis

DOB:

12 Aug 1972

Lives:

Hastings, Sussex

Turned Pro:

1991

Best Ranking Performance:

Semi-finals three times

Qualified As:

Highest ranked after Indian Open

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Like a fine wine, Davis has matured with age and is now enjoying the best form of his career after his 40th birthday.

During the 2012/13 season he reached the semi-finals of a ranking event for the firtst time - and did so in three different tournaments. He go to the last four of the Australian Goldfields Open before losing 6-4 to eventual champion Barry Hawkins. Davis also got to the semi-finals of the Wuxi Classic and UK Championship but was denied a place in the final by Stuart Bingham and Mark Selby.

And he won the biggest title of his career so far at the Six-Red World Championship in Thailand, beating Shaun Murphy 8-4 in the final. "My trouble has been a lack of self belief. Hopefully now I can now make progress up the rankings and win one of the majors on the way," he said.

At the end of the season, Davis enjoyed one of the best results of his life as he knocked John Higgins out of the World Championship, scoring a 10-6 victory in the first round. "If you talk about the best players ever, John is right up there with any of them. It's a brilliant win for me," said Davis. However he was unable to progress further as he lost to Stuart Bingham in the last 16.

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