Hunter urges Davis to speed up

Paul Hunter brushed aside veteran Steve Davis to reach the Totesport Grand Prix quarter-finals and then offered a cheeky word of advice to his vanquished opponent.

Paul Hunter brushed aside veteran Steve Davis to reach the Totesport Grand Prix quarter-finals and then offered a cheeky word of advice to his vanquished opponent.

The Leeds player thrashed six-time world champion Davis by a 5-1 margin at Preston’s Guild Hall to become the first player to reach the last eight.

He came close to securing a whitewash, and Hunter felt that Davis might have made more of a match of it had he shown more of an attacking approach.

“Steve is still tactically one of the best players in the world,” said Hunter.

“But if he got on with it a bit more he’d be a better player. Instead he pulls too many faces and stands there looking about all the time.

“I just wish he would play a bit quicker. When he went for his shots after the interval he looked better for it.

“But he can still play the game and he’s not in the top 16 for nothing.”

Davis, who has won 28 ranking tournaments, came close to reducing his arrears to 4-2.

The 47-year-old from Essex led 57-0 in frame six, only for his break to end after suffering an unfortunate kick trying to pot a red.

Hunter, who has just three ranking titles to his name, stepped in with 65 to clinch a meeting with Stephen Lee or James Wattana.

“I felt really good from the start,” said Hunter, whose break of 114 was his fourth century of the event, and was added to by runs of 71, 66, 43 and 53.

“Hopefully, I can keep it going for the rest of the tournament.

“But it’s still only best-of-nine next and sometimes the balls just don’t go for you.

“My preparation for the tournament was right and I couldn’t wait for it to start.”

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