World Snooker Championship 2012: Jamie Jones eyes top prize

WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • Date: 21 April - 7 May
  • Start times: Sessions at 1000, 1430 & 1900 BST

Coverage: Live coverage on BBC TV, HD Channel, Red Button and online

Welshman Jamie Jones believes he can win the World Championship after a shock victory in the opening round at the Crucible.

Jones beat 2005 champion Shaun Murphy in the first round of the Sheffield tournament and faces Stephen Lee next.

The 24-year-old had shown his potential by beating Ricky Walden 10-2 in the final qualifying round.

"Who knows what can happen? I'm playing good enough to beat anyone on my day," said Neath-born Jones.

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It's nice to get away from it and go down my gran's house and have a cup of tea

Jamie Jones

"If I can have a good few days, I might be world champion in two weeks."

Jones headed back to his home town after beating Murphy 10-8 in his debut match at the Crucible.

"It's all a bit of a daze to be honest with you, I'm not so much used to the attention," said Jones.

"Obviously I've done very well and I'm just so excited to get back up there playing."

Jones, who also beat reigning Crucible champion John Higgins at the PTC Finals in Galway last month, believes his family's support has been crucial to his success.

"It can sort of sap your energy being around the venue for five days, staying in the hotel," added Jones.

"I thought I'd come home and see my family and try my best to relax.

"There's so much attention on the players up in Sheffield.

"It's nice to get away from it and go down my gran's house and have a cup of tea.

"I'm just Jamie her grandson and she's not on my back as much as all the other people."